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Industrialist helps shape economy

Gregory Uy Chan, chief executive of Sanyo Seiki, lives and breathes industrialization. While industrialists have disappeared from the limelight, as the current digital age is now being dominated by technopreneurs and cyber moguls, Chan remains an optimist and believes that industrialists will play a crucial role in achieving the kind of development that the Philippines deserves.

Gregory Uy Chan
“In this day and age, industrialists are still vital to the country because they are the ones who produce the goods and products such as steel and chemicals needed by the economy. Japan, Taiwan and South Korea pursued industrialization to achieve development,” says Chan.

“I am a strong believer in industrialization. This is the reason why I ventured into manufacturing steel and opened Sanyo Seiki rather than continue trading industrial products started by my father through MCC Industrial Sales Hardware in Malabon City,” he says.

Chan says industrialization is a boon to the country, because this drastically reduces the country’s dependence on vital imported items such as copper, steel, heavy equipment among others.

“There is no other way but to industrialize our economy to generate more jobs and produce our own materials to benefit the Filipinos,” he says.

Chan established Sanyo Seiki in January 1995. The company proved its worth as a serious player in the industrial sector by applying international standards in the manufacturing process. It also applied the Quality Management System in the operational systems in producing first-grade stainless steel products.

“Sanyo Seiki products have to undergo stringent quality testing before they are discharged from our plants. By adhering to high quality standards, we have been granted with an ISO: 9001:2008 certifications. .We are a company providing total solutions for the specific needs our customers,” he says.

Sanyo Seiki’s products include sheets, plates, checkered plates, bars (round and flat), channel bars, angle/flat bars, pipes (welded and seamless), tubes (welded and seamless, square and rectangular) and sanitary tubings.

The company also produces various products and services for architecture and building materials, electronics, automobile components, hospital and operating theaters.

“We have a vast application of our products from metal flooring, braces, brackets, structural support, auto/chemical and medical equipment, decorations, dairy/food and brewery processing equipment, storage and water heater tanks, water and waste water treatment, boiler and pressure vessels, cargo tanks for ships and trucks, and many more,” he says.

Chan sees bigger and better opportunities for Sanyo Seiki in the coming years. He has already crafted an expansion plan to ensure the demands of the market will be met. He says Sanyo Seiki will spend a huge amount in the next three years in capital expenditure to strengthen the capabilities of its four facilities in Laguna, Bulacan, Malabon and San Rafael in Balut near the Manila port area.

Chan is confident about Sanyo Seiki’s contribution to the growth of infrastructure, architecture, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, ship building, health, transportation, power, energy, oil refining, food processing, waste water management, kitchen fabrication and food processing.

Developing the capability of its people is also a major goal of Sanyo Seiki, he says, as the company plans to send engineers to trainings to keep them abreast with the latest technologies. “We will continue to invest in people and in our manufacturing facilities to give only the best advantages to our customers,” says Chan.

“We are looking here at the bigger picture. Sanyo Seiki is preparing for the integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations economic market. Sanyo Seiki wants to prove Philippine companies and their productive carry world-class standards,” he says.

Chan says Sanyo Seiki is also confident it will play a major presence in the construction and property industries by providing quality stainless steel products and services to the country.

The company is also confident on the marketability of stainless steel products. Being the top producer of stainless steel in the Philippines, he says Allegeni (sheets and plates) and Smith Muller (pipes, tubes and bars) remain as the market leaders.

“We want to contribute a lot in nation building by producing quality products,” Chan says.

Chan says he is aware that competition will get more intense as more international players enter the Philippine market. He says Sanyo Seiki remains unfazed and plans to remain competitive in producing only first-grade stainless steel products.

“We owe it our clients that we sell high quality products. We have developed a solid reputation of being a seller of products that have passed the rigid standards,” he says.

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