Mariwasa: Safety Tile and the Beautiful Designed Tile for Our Home Needs

Monday, March 12, 2012

Hey yah Guys and Gals! What’s up for the day? Me, just doing the usual daily work routine – home-office-eat-work-eat again-work-finally going home! That’s the normal day for me lots of eating that’s why I have a double chin. My goodness, can’t stop eating because most of the time it’s for FREE! Who can say NO to blessings? Meanwhile, I have attended an event last week and this time it was for our home needs. This event was way so perfect in timing because I am planning to build a house soon and I am starting to design the layout. So here we go.. One of the components for the finishing touches of our house is the tile. Yes, most of the house nowadays, uses tile for almost 1/3 of their house. So, it seems that tile is already a need to beautify our home. Most of the trusted brand of the tile is Mariwasa. Yeah I know, it’s a bit pricey compared to some brand available in the market but boy, the quality they have is really worth it.

Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc., the leading tile manufacturing company in the Philippines for over forty years, continues to innovate and strengthen the local tile standards in the country. Just a little information about them, Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. (Mariwasa), the biggest ceramic tile manufacturing company in the Philippines, is a joint venture between the Coseteng Group and the Siam Cement Group (SCG) of Thailand.  The partnership was forged more than fifteen years ago in 1993 with the then Mariwasa Manufacturing, Inc. (MMI).

MMI was established in 1966 and gained foothold in the Philippine market.  From an initial daily capacity of 12,000 square meters per day, it expanded and pursued design and technological breakthroughs to keep pace with other manufacturers in the region.  After 30 years in operation, MMI put up another tile plant, MSCI, as part of its expansion program.   MSCI began its operations in 1997.  In 2001, all operations of MMI were consolidated under MSCI.

The company’s plant site is located on a sprawling 24-hectare land in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The plant started with an initial capacity of 12,000 square meters per day. With the consolidation of all MMI operations, it had expanded its plant capacity to 30,000 square meters per day. It   has almost 1,000 employees. It also maintains office in   Taguig at   8/F Fort Legend Towers, 3rd Ave. cor. 31st St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City for its sales and marketing operations.  

Plans for the year include the launching of safety and scratch-free tiles in the market, and a new design series to provide customers with more selections in patterns, color, and texture for the home and construction.

And of course if we talk about Quality Standard, Mariwasa had it all, simply because…
Each of the company’s product(s) is a mark of quality and adheres to its tagline “uncompromising quality”.  It bears the PS mark seal having passed the high quality standard of the Department of Trade and Industry - Philippines’ Bureau of Product Standards. 

To ensure customer satisfaction, the company adapted Total Quality Management (TQM) and implemented Total Participative Management (TPM).  As a testimony of the company’s commitment to quality, MSCI was awarded the PQA (Philippine Quality Award) Recognition for Commitment to Quality last January 27, 2011 in Malacanang.  The PQA is the highest level of national recognition for exemplary organizational performance and is the counter part of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award of the United States.

MSCI also boasts of being an ISO certified company having been given accreditation for ISO 9002 in 1998 and ISO 9001 (version 2000) in 2001.  In December 2010, the company has been certified in the Integrated Management System (IMS) for its three (3) standards, namely: ISO-9001 (version 2008), ISO 14001:2004 for its environmental management system and OHSAS 18001:2007 for its occupational health and safety management system by the Certification International Philippines, Inc.

That’s it! Well, am hoping that you will be smarter in choosing our home tile needs. Furthermore, Mariwasa launched new products – Safety, Scratch-Free and High Definition Tiles. This tile has high resistance to scratch – making them suitable for medium to high traffic areas. The tiles make use of anti-slip technology, which reduces the risk of accidents and falls. Safety tiles are also easy-to-clean. To suit the market’s discriminating taste in terms of aesthetics, high definition tiles will be introduced, with sharper and more vivid designs. “We try to make sure that we serve the demands of our market in full capacity, whether aesthetically or industrially,” says Kongrit. “We don’t just offer products. We offer better living solutions to the serve the growing demands of the market,” he added. (Suggested Retail Price P50 +++)
Aside from that, Mariwasa is also an Environment friendly mainly because Mariwasa Involved in different CSR programs, Mariwasa helps the indigenous members of society, and safeguards the integrity of the environment. The company advocates green initiatives and environmental sustainability, and also leads in the sustainable development practices.

In 2009, Mariwasa was awarded the Hall of Fame Award from the Department of Energy’s Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Award, and the Blue Sky Award for renewable energy utilization in the use of rice husks to create sustainable energy and raw materials.

Mariwasa is the first ceramic tile company to be granted the license to use the environmental seal of Green Choice Philippines, the national eco-labeling program in the country.  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects, includes tree planting and nurturing programs, Gawad Kalinga (house-building project) volunteer program, scholarship programs, and a continued support of local community programs.
To highlight the event, Mr. Anukul Kongrit as the President of Mariwasa Siam Ceramics, Inc. A 52-year old Thailand nationality who earned a Master Degree of Industrial Engineering and Management Asian Institute of Technology leave some remarks. “We believe that Filipino craftsmanship is world class,” says Kongrit. The company estimates a market growth of forty percent with thirty-four percent market share in the next five years.

“To increase our competitive advantage over other imported tiles, we invest in continuous research and development programs to offer world-class ceramic tiles with uncompromising quality,” he says. A very thorough quality assurance team keeps the standards of the products.

 “The key to success in business is to challenge and overcome one’s self,” says Kongrit.

Now, these safety and beautiful tiles are now included in my house plan.

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