Handyware Philippines Inc.
Handyware humbly began operation back in June 1968 as in importer of pocket calculators and silkscreen printers. Since then, it has grown into a diversified company engaged mainly in the marketing and distribution of the equipment and machineries catering various industries such as that of the food processing and packaging industry, printing and publishing industry, telecommunications industry, construction industry, pharmaceutical industry and other growth-oriented businesses.
Francisco L. Wong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Handyware with his entrepreneurial spirit, led the company through continuous growth and expansion over the years. With the support of a professional team, he spearheaded the task of improving the overall success of Handyware ensuring that the company is driven by hard work and pure dedication in fulfilling its commitment to both principals and clients’ a like.
For over 45 years, Handyware continuously strives and dedicate its effort towards the improvement and modernization of the country’s various manufacturing industries. To date, it is considered as one of the largest and most stable trading companies in the Philippines since the 1980’s.
With the company’s vision of becoming the first choice of every manufacturer in seeking out long-term partners as they grow their business, Handyware aims to consistently provide manufacturers and consumers with the highest quality products available in the market.
As Handyware maintained its leadership in the Philippines, the goal of gaining more market became increasingly apparent such as that in the early 1990’s, a subsidiary company was established in China and has been successfully operating since then in three major cities namely, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing under Handyware China Limited. The company to date has grown its workforce to more than 500 employees at a steady pace each year. In 2002, Handyware likewise began operations in Malaysia / Singapore under Handy-Pack Systems Sdn Bhd, thereby further strengthening its presence in the region.
Today, Handyware Philippines Inc. is composed of more than 200 employees locally. Along with its directors and officers, the entire staff is committed in leading the company into the future bringing to reality the founder’s dream of helping others succeed through valued partnership and alliance. Indeed, the Handyware group is more than just committed to excellence but is distinctively the “Innovator of the Industry” as well.
Since the inception of Handyware in the Philippines in 1968, we have grown into a multi-national company covering Asia, Africa and Europe. We have grown from the humble business of pocket calculators to a wide range of product offering that includes seasoning/flavor, industrial printers, food machinery and even plant-based meat alternatives. Taking one step a time, while keeping in mind the core values emphasized by our founder, we set upon a journey of four phases.
Founding -> Explore/build -> Consolidate -> Expand
In 1968, Handyware was established by our founder Mr Francisco L. Wong. Its initial business was importing products such as pocket calculators and silkscreen printers to the local market. Over the years, the company expanded its product range to industrial equipment, food processing and packaging machineries, printing and publishing product, telecommunications product, construction product, pharmaceutical product and other growth-oriented businesses.
In 1993, Handyware established businesses in China, leveraging on its competitive labour cost and market size. With a team of dedicated individuals that our founder put together, supported by the extensive network from the Philippines, we established factories in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Foshan. We produced products such as seasoning, flavor, fragrance, industrial printers and food processing machineries
Handyware China operation enjoyed a strong growth period. Branding performance grew in the seasoning and industrial printers sectors, establishing high value brand name in these sectors.
Mr Francisco L Wong saw Africa as the next high growth region. In 2011, Handyware established its first factory in South Africa, producing seasoning. It marks a phase of product consolidation in China operation and prepare for the next phase of expansion to other regions outside China and Philippines.
Handyware China operation continues to grow strongly. A new seasoning factory was established in Hubei to meet the demand of the expanding seasoning business. The factory started its first batch of production in 2017. The seasoning business also set up new sales offices in Fujian and ChongQing.
In Africa, additional factory was established in South Africa to manufacture non-GMO soya-based meat alternatives, a new business venture. In Nigeria, a new seasoning factory was also set up.
In South East Asia, we established a factory in Malaysia to produce non-GMO soya-based meat alternatives. A sales office was set up in Thailand as well.
In Japan, a sales office was also set up.
We have also expanded in Europe. In Germany, We entered into a partnership with RPAROMA, enhancing our flavor product and market range.