CBK HARDWARE – COMPANY BACKGROUND
More than 100 years of making everything better by providing world-class hardware and innovative home solutions.
THE HUMBLE BEGINNING
Established in 1920, Co Ban Kiat Hardware Inc. (CBK), started as a neighborhood hardware store at the walls of Binondo by Mr. Co Ban Kiat, the family’s patriarch. Recognizing the need of hardware materials in building and construction, it introduced the “wholesale” and “buy and sell” trade in the hardware business.
In 1945, the World War II hit Manila and destroyed the vast walls and structures in the city that even CBK Hardware was greatly affected. The massive efforts to rebuild the city have begun and made the company resume its business in a makeshift shanty and devote itself to helping people in restoring their homes and establishment by providing quality hardware materials. Later in 1949, its building was rebuilt again – making the business prosper and expand in the city.
INTRODUCTION OF RETAIL CONCEPT IN HARDWARE
After CBK Hardware was Incorporated in 1952, the company continued its efforts for market expansion. With its passion to be the leading hardware, the fourth generation of Co Ban Kiat led by Johnny Co Ban Kiat introduced the retail concept for hardware products and launched the Hardware Workshop. Hardware Workshop, the first retail hardware store in the 1990s, aims to cater more customers and to reach many households that are home improvement.
With the success of Hardware Workshop and the increase trend in architectural and interior design in 1996, Co Ban Kiat Hardware has opened its first design center – the Coby’s Design Center. Located in Mandaluyong, the company started to offer luxurious global brands of architectural hardware. The inward demand for innovative home solutions, modern and contemporary design for home, offices, hotels, and other establishments is the aspiration of the Coby’s Design Center.
THE EMERGENCE OF RETAIL PARTNERS AND OTHER BUSINESS PILLARS
The retail industry flourished in 1997 and Johnny Co Ban Kiat took the advantage and introduced a new player in the market by bringing the franchise of ACE Hardware USA in the country and made CBK as one of its major suppliers.
As Co Ban Kiat Hardware is more than just a Home Improvement, their continuous passion in expanding the business and offering home solutions- by bringing in global brands that offered high-quality products with industrial solutions and construction hardware for project development.
Since 2000s, CBK Hardware is the pioneer hardware and the largest supplier of home improvement products and preferred partner to many major retailers in the country.
EXPANSIVE INDUSTRIAL PARTNERSHIPS AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
CBK Hardware has been solidifying its distribution network and partnerships in many business sectors. With its expansive list of clients in construction, manufacturing, automotive, hospitality and service, real estate, maritime and other industry sector.
As one of the trusted partners of hardware supplier in real estate, CBK Hardware have worked with major real estate developers and construction companies.
In 2013, CBK Hardware continued to revolutionize the hardware and home improvement business and acquired Mayapa CBK Industry, a manufacturing facility for woodwork innovative solutions. This paved way for more partnered projects and developments.
CBK HARDWARE GOES ONLINE
The rise of online shopping in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic made CBK Hardware to explore the world of e-commerce and maintain its operation by bringing various online shopping platforms. The company launched its online websites such as shop.cbkhardware.com, cbkhardware.com, cobify.ph and made its products available across other top cybershopping sites. CBK aimed to reach many Filipinos – offering innovative home solutions in the comfort of their homes.
Today, CBK pursues to provide world-class innovative home solutions through its global brands that promote a better home-living experience for Filipinos.
CBK's VISION AND MISSION
CBK Hardware Inc. is one of the Philippines’ pioneers in the hardware business since 1920. Known as the premier hardware and home improvement provider, CBK aims to make everything better by bringing the world’s biggest brands to Filipino homes.
Be the most customer-centric, top-of-mind construction and home improvement partner consistently bringing in quality products that are continuously improving the lives of every Filipino.
We shall be faithful to our commitment of:
Continuously providing our customers top quality products that improve their everyday lives
Building mutually beneficial relationships with business partners
Keeping our employees consistently engaged, motivated, and socially responsible individuals
COMPANY CORE VALUES
We accomplish things with thirst for success not because we have to, but because we want to.
We value structure and focus on working with goals, commitment and accountability.
We always win hearts before minds and encourage human behavior by inspiring ourselves and others.
We work with transparency and earn trust that even without others looking, we serve what interests and benefits other people.
We continuously compete with ourselves instead of competing with others, ensuring that we always work synergistically to revolutionize the way everybody lives.
Revolutionizing the way you live.