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From strength to legacy: Celebrating 100 years of excellence with SMWPI Wood Products Inc.

SMWPI WOOD Products Inc. celebrated its momentous 100th anniversary. This celebration marked a century of manufacturing consistently high-quality wood grade and marine plywood products in the country. 

Benjamin Ng, SMWPI Wood Products Inc. president, warmly addresses their guests at their 100th anniversary celebration. In attendance were dedicated employees, valued suppliers and partners, and the grateful beneficiaries of their impactful CSR initiatives.

Established in 1923, SMWPI remains an industry leader known for its commitment to excellence, sustainability, and community engagement. The company’s flagship product, Santa Clara Marine Plywood, has set the gold standard for marine plywood and is used by local and international boat makers, home builders, and furniture makers. 

Santa Clara is known as the go-to marine-grade plywood in the Philippines and worldwide. Marine plywood differs from standard plywood and it is preferred over other forms of similar construction material for one reason: quality. 

SMWPI Wood Products Inc. executives and top management raise a toast to celebrate the company’s remarkable 100th anniversary in Davao City. From left to right: Donny Ang (assistant manager), Ramir Balansag (general manager), Randy Ng (executive vice president), Ricardo Lee (vice-chairman), Pedro Chao (chairman) Wilson Chiam (treasurer) Wesley Ng (on behalf of Benjamin Ng, president) and Ethel Tomas (assistant manager)

When it comes to high-quality marine-grade plywood, Santa Clara is unmatched. It can withstand all weather conditions, making it the first choice for boats, furniture, and house construction. Each sheet of Santa Clara must pass SMWPI’s stringent quality assurance process, which involves a 72-hour boiling test to ensure that the product is of the utmost quality.

Throughout its decades-long history, SMWPI has played an important role in the economic development of its surrounding communities in Davao and Agusan by providing employment opportunities and actively participating in various social and environmental initiatives. These initiatives include providing ready-to-plant falcata and mahogany seedlings for free, and building projects (a daycare center, chapels, and so on).

SMWPI’s success is closely intertwined with the success of its employees, several of whom have been with the company for over 20 years, or whose families have been with the company for generations. The company’s dedication to maintaining a supportive work culture has been key in fostering loyalty among its staff.

As part of the 100th-anniversary celebration, SMWPI presented awards and expressed appreciation to their dedicated employees. 

Randy Ng, SMWPI Wood Products Inc. EVP, appreciates employees’ contributions and unity, driving the company’s century of success and paving the way for greater milestones ahead.

Randy Ng, SMWPI executive vice president, shared, “Kung wala kayo, wala rin ang kumpanya ngayon. Malaking pasasalamat ng management sa inyong lahat dahil kung nag-iisa kami, hindi kayo tumutulong, hindi rin tayo aabot hanggang ngayon. Ang ating hangarin ay nag-iisa; hindi tayo nagkakaiba ng hangarin. Huwag lang nating kakalimutan ang ating values at kung paano tayo umabot ng hundred years at sigurado another hundred years, or two hundred years, hindi imposible (Without you, the company would not exist today. The management is very thankful for all of you because if we were alone, without your help, we would not have made it to today. Our goal is the same. Let’s not forget our values ​​and how we reached a hundred years and for sure another hundred years, or two hundred years, is not impossible).”

SMWPI Wood Products Inc. honors 95-year-old Cenon Perez with a Lifetime Appreciation Award. Perez has been with the company in its early years, a true testament to the company’s rich history. He was awarded by Randy Ng and Peter Chao.
Elenita Homol receives a loyalty award for being with the company for 31 years and counting. The award was given by SMWPI Wood Products Inc.’s EVP Randy Ng (Left), and honorary guest Peter Chao (right), on behalf of chairman Pedro Chao.

SMWPI Wood Products Inc. looks forward to a strong and sustainable future as it builds upon a proud legacy of excellence, hard work, and resilience. As the company marks its 100th year, it reaffirms its dedication to providing the best that the Philippines can offer for high-quality wood grade and marine plywood products.


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