INVESTING IN THE PHILIPPINES
Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc., an affiliate of the Thai conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG), is the biggest ceramic tile manufacturer in the Philippines. Registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in December of 1994, the company sells floor and wall tiles and as part of its customer service, provides orientation to dealers and contractors on proper tile installation and maintenance. Its market reach is vast, mostly because of extensive network of dealers across the archipelago.
The company is ISO certified and throughout its years of operation, has garnered several distinctions such as the International Blue Sky Award and is the first and only local ceramic tile maker to be given the Green Choice Seal (Eco-Label Seal of Approval).
Mariwasa also has sanitary wares and bathroom fixtures in its product lines.
ENHANCING BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Mariwasa may have found the current business environment in the Philippines to be challenging, but the ceramic tile maker is pleased with the positive response it is getting from some government agencies and is optimistic that the government will further support the industry.
Moreover, the company values the Philippines because of its strategic fit in the global market. Apart from that, the company recognizes the numerous opportunities in the islands’ booming property sector – an allied industry of ceramic tiles. Mariwasa also prefers the highly skilled and qualified Philippine workforce and the vibrant and excellent quality of life afforded to its expatriates.
Mariwasa seeks to be the Filipinos’ first choice in ceramic tiles in the coming years. It hopes that its excellence in quality and design and its experience in the Philippines for almost 20 years will allow the ceramic tiles makers to maintain its edge. The company hopes that its experience and the government’s future efforts would bring brighter days ahead.
“Establishing business operations in the Philippines is part of SCG’s regional expansion program aimed at contributing to the sustainable progress of ASEAN, and the local communities where SCG operates.”
Marissa C. Aquino
Corporate Planning & Business Development Manager
Mariwasa Ceramics, Inc.