The C&M Story

The C&M Story

The C&M Story

The C& M Story

The C& M Story

The Beginning

1963Our late founder, Mr. Kwan Fook Ngah, graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science (Hons).

1964He obtained the Colombo Plan Scholarship for training in Surface Finishing and Water Treatment in Japan.

Upon his return, Mr. Kwan joined Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) as a Senior Officer in charge of the Prototype Production and Training Centre (a Japanese Government-aided Project).

1974After his resignation from EDB in 1973, Mr. Kwan founded Chemicals and Machinery (C&M). We started as a small re-seller for a limited range of surface treatment chemicals, based at 14 Hong Kong Street. Back then, we employed just 3 staff members, and serviced a handful of customers. They grew to rely on the personal service that Mr. Kwan provided.

As news of his customer-oriented service spread, C&M's reputation and the portfolio of customers grew, in tandem with our range of products and services.

1979We relocated to our current premises at 7500A Beach Road, #10-306, The Plaza, Singapore.

1983C&M joined the Singapore Surface Engineering Association (SSEA). We have been an active member since.

1990We purchased our first warehouse at No. 6 Tanjong Penjuru Crescent. This marks another significant milestone in our corporate history.

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2005Mdm. Kum Lai Yoke took reign of C&M to carry on Mr. Kwan’s legacy.

2010Our Technical Service Centre was set up at our warehouse premise. Equipped with a lab, our technicians provide Customers the timely and necessary support in sample analysis and troubleshooting.

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2012We unveiled our new corporate identity to mark another chapter for C&M — to reconnect with existing customers and signal our intention to extend our reach in the ASEAN market.

2013Our Company was awarded with ISO 9001:2008 and BizSAFE Level 3 certificates.

2014We opened our Indonesian Sales Office at 9 Boulevard, in Pakuwon, Surabaya, Indonesia. This is under our sister company — PT GK Industry. This branch serves as our gateway into the agricultural and surface finishing industries.

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2015C&M employs over 30 employees and is a leading importer and distributor for more than 200 chemicals and chemistry products sourced from around the world. Our Head Office is the heart of our operations, acting as a touchpoint for our regional offices as well as providing support for our local and regional customers.

Looking Ahead

Our portfolio has grown to serve a diverse group of customers across industries throughout South East Asia. We will be establishing the following overseas subsidiaries in the near future:

  • Cm StorySales & Technical Centre, Warehousing & Logistics at The Frontier, Taman Desa Cermalang, Johor, Malaysia (projected 2016 Q3).
  • Cm StorySales Office under our sister company, PT GK Industry, for surface finishing in Jakarta, Indonesia (projected 2017 Q1).
  • Cm StoryPhilippines (projected 2018 Q4).
  • Cm StorySales Office at The Bridge in Chamkarmorn, Cambodia (projected 2019 Q1).
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