1. Kian Gwan Commercial Co., Ltd.
2. Kian Gwan Group of Companies
Kian Gwan Commercial Co.,Ltd.
( thai บริษัท เคี่ยนหงวน วิสาหกิจ จำกัด , mandarin 建源商業有限公司, pinyin Jiàn Yuán Shāng Yè Yǒu Xiàn Gōng Si )
is a successful, growing company dedicated to achieving superior results by assuring that its actions are aligned with stakeholder expectations. Stakeholders are all constituencies with a stake in the fortunes of the company. Kian Gwan's primary mission is to create value for our stakeholders.
We believe in conducting our business activities with integrity and respect while building mutually beneficial and enduring relationships with all of our stakeholders.
We take customer satisfaction personally; we are committed to providing superior value in our products and services on a continuing basis.
We respect the individuality of each employee and foster an environment in which employees' creativity and productivity are encouraged, recognized, valued and rewarded.
We think of our suppliers as partners who share our goal of achieving the highest quality standards and the most consistent level of service.
We are committed to being caring and supportive corporate citizens within the nationwide communities in which we operate.
We are dedicated to creating value for our shareholders and financial communities by performing in a manner that will enhance return on investments.
KIAN GWAN GROUP OF COMPANIES : The Kian Gwan Group < mandarin 建源公司 , pinyin พินอิน Jiàn Yuán Gōng Si or Kian Gwan Kongsi ( Source of Prosperity for Everyone ) in Min Nan Chinese, Teochew (Chaozhou), Hokkien(Fujian ) ไทย บริษัท เคี่ยนหงวน ถ้าออกเสียงตามภาษาจีนถิ่นหมิน หรือ แต้จิ๋ว หรือ ฮกเกี้ยน ว่า เคี่ยนหงวน กงสี หรือตามภาษาจีนกลางว่า เจี้ยนเยวี๋ยน กงซือ > is essentially a Chinese multi-national conglomerate whose two main operating companies in Thailand are Kian Gwan ( Thailand ) Company Limited< thai บริษัท เคี่ยนหงวน (ประเทศไทย) จำกัด , mandarin 建源泰國有限公司, pinyin Jiàn Yuán Tài Guó Yǒu Xiàn Gōng Si > and Kian Gwan Commercial Company, Limited ( thai บริษัท เคี่ยนหงวน วิสาหกิจ จำกัด , mandarin 建源商業有限公司, pinyin Jiàn Yuán Shāng Yè Yǒu Xiàn Gōng Si ) . The former has a paid up capital of US$ 5 million whereas the latter one of US$ 1 million. In Thailand, as in most other cities, the group’s principal assets are invested in commercial real estate. Its net assets are conservatively estimated in the region of US$ 450 million.
Kian Gwan ( Siam ) Company Limited < thai บริษัท เคี่ยนหงวน (สยาม) จำกัด, mandarin 建源(暹羅 )汽車部,pinyin Jiàn Yuán Xiān Luó Yǒu Xiàn Gōng Si > was established in Thailand as a branch of its Indonesian Head Office in 1932 . On 24 December 1936 the company was registered under the name Kian Gwan ( Siam ) Co., Ltd. < english Kian Gwan ( Siam ) Company Limited, mandarin 建源(暹羅 )汽車部,pinyin Jiàn Yuán Xiān Luó Yǒu Xiàn Gōng Si > with the initial registered capital amount 150,000.00 Baht. The country's official name was Siam until 23 June 1939 ( B.E. 2482 ), when it was changed to Thailand by the government of Prime Minister Field Mashal P. Phibun Songkhram ; Thailand was renamed Siam between 1945 and 11 May 1949, after which the name Thailand was once again adopted. In the year 1941 Kian Gwan ( Siam ) Company Limited has registered with Thai government a new name Kian Gwan Co. ( Thailand ) Limited < thai บริษัท เคี่ยนหงวน ( ไทย ) จำกัด, mandarin 建源(泰國)有限公司, pinyin Jiàn Yuán Tài Guó Yǒu Xiàn Gōng Si >. The company's original charter was importing sugar from parent company in Indonesia. It includes tin, rubber, teak & other staple commodities trading. The company opened Kian Gwan Motors division ( thai เคี่ยนหงวน มอเตอร์ส หรือ เคี่ยนหงวน (ไทย) แผนกรถยนต์ , mandarin 建源(泰 國 ) 汽車部, pinyin Jiàn Yuán Tài Guó Bù Qì Chē Bù > to distribute the prestige automobiles to Thailand market which were included Oldsmobile, GMC Trucks, Jaguar, Ferrari, British Motor Corp, Holden, Prince from Japan and Vespa Scooters ( VESPA ).
Kian Gwan Building with Kian Gwan Motors and Caltex Gasoline Station at Suriwongse Road
Kian Gwan Co. (Thailand) Ltd. Import Godown Office in 1960
Initially, Kian Gwan ( Thailand ) company, as it is commonly known, dealt primarily with
Thailand market which were included Oldsmobile, GMC Trucks, Jaguar, Ferrari, Morris of British Motor Corp, Holden, Prince from Japan and Vespa Scooters ( VESPA ).
Advertisement Boards of Kian Gwan Motors in the early years , G.M.C. Trucks (left) , Oldsmobile Automobiles (right)
Besides these , Kian Gwan was operated a shipping lines Compagnie Maritime des Chargeurs Réunis ( บริษัทเดินเรือ จาร์เกอร์รูนิส ) to provide sea-freight shipment of goods to worldwide market. In 1940 , Kian Gwan Co., (China) Ltd. was incorporated in Hong Kong for general import / export at Hong Kong Bank Building. Kian Gwan ( Siam ) Company Limited also imported Rex Rotary to distribute black & white photo-copy machines to Thailand market and become the sole-distributor to Thailand market of National Cash Register Company in selling Cash Registers and Accounting Machines. The National Cash Register Co. is now becoming the NCR Corporation which is one of the most famous computer manufacturer of United States. The company businees has been expanded rapidly. The goods and services of company became well-known and popular to all sectors which are included government offices banks finance companies government enterprises and companies.
Cash Register : In most shops or retail stores, each transaction was meticulously rung up on the cash register kept on or behind the counter. In those days , the register was most commonly the glistening, sumptuously embossed, 'brassbound' model made by the National Cash Register Company. The machine recorded each transaction on a journal roll so that the shopkeeper was able to balance his cash against the record after each day's business.
Advertising board of Kian Gwan Motors in the year 1960 , Morris Automobile at Rajathevi Intersection
Kian Gwan Co. (Thailand) had established an NCR Division in Thailand ( Bangkok ) to import "NCR Paper"( กระดาษเอ็นซีอาร์) or Cabonless Copy Paper (กระดาษทำสำเนาในตัว คาร์บอนเลสก๊อปปี้เปเปอร์ ) to Thailand and Burma market . In 1953, two of chemists Barrett K. Green and Lowell Schleicher of National Cash Register Company in Dayton Ohio submitted a patent "Pressure responsive record materials" for a carbonless copy paper. This became US Patent 2,730,457 and was commercialized worldwide as "NCR Paper".
Below are some of NCR product lines and classes that Kian Gwan Co. ( Thailand ) Ltd and Kian Gwan Commercial Co., Ltd. had commercially installed and serviced to customers in our region :
1. NCR Retail System - NCR Class 84
2. NCR Retail System - NCR Class 100
3. NCR Retail System - NCR Class 21
4. NCR Retail System - NCR Class 24
5. NCR Cash Register Class 3
NCR Class 3 Cash Register ( a picture from display board of Sri Fah Restaurant at Central World , Bangkok )
6. NCR Retail System - NCR Class 51
7. NCR Retail System - NCR Class 52
8. NCR Retail System - NCR Class 6000
9. NCR Retail System - NCR Class 2000
10. NCR Class 160 Book Keeping Machine
11. NCR Financial System - NCR Class 29 ( Post-Tronic ) - Vacuum Tube ,Vacuum Tube,a bank machine for posting current account transaction that is using magnetic stripe technology.
12. NCR Class 3000 Book Keeping Machine - Electro Mechnical
13. NCR Class 30 Book Keeping Machine - Electro Mechnical, a product which was manufacturered by NCR plant in Augsburg, Germany and serviced by Kian Gwan Commercial Company / NCR Thailand.
A sticker placed on a used NCR Class 30 Accounting Machine which was shown that this machine was sold &
serviced by Kian Gwan Commercial Company , a sole distributor of NCR Corporation in Thailand
14. NCR Class 31 Book Keeping Machine - Electro Mechnical
15. NCR Class 450 Proof Machine with 40 Pockets
16. NCR Class 775 Proof System with upto 20 pockets and listing tapes, MICR/OCR Encoding
17. NCR 7750 Distributive Document Processing System which handles most of the work in a bank's proof, sorting and reject/ re-entry documents
18. NCR Class 42 Window Posting Machine / Bank's Teller Machine with pass book printing
19. NCR Class 32 Accounting Machine - Electro-Mechanical
20. NCR Class 33 Accounting Machine
21. NCR Class 441 Compu-Tronic ( Vacuum Tube )
22. NCR Class 18 Electronic Adding Machine
23. NCR 446 Electronic Accounting Machine ( NCR Augsburg , Germany ) - Transitors and Semiconductors
24. NCR 395 Electronic Data Processing System - Transistors / Semi Conductor
25. NCR 400 Electronic Accounting Machine ( Magnetic Ledger Card System ) . The machine was built with discrete components , mostly - transistors, resistors and diodes. The components were soldered to rows/columns of wire wrap modules with interconnecting wires wrapped to each of module pin. The intermittent problem of such a cold joint in soldering or faulty transistor, diode, resistor, capacitor etc. had to be found and replaced it step by step 'PC' Program-Counts' troubleshooting which was mostly by using Tektronic Oscilloscope .
The technical training classes on NCR 400 in those days in 1970 were around 12-16 weeks . They were conducted by NCR Australia at The Technical Training School , Turrella , Sydney , New South Wales, Australia . The training courses were classes of Basic Computer Concenpts and theory of NCR Class 400.
NCR 400 KEYBOARD LAYOUT ( manufactured circa 1969 - 1971 )
26. NCR 279 Financial Terminal
27. NCR 299 Electronic Accounting System
28. NCR 399 Mini Computer
NCR had produced NCR 605 Processor which was the computer engine for the NCR 399 and NCR 499 mini computer,
and NCR 8200 IMOS COBOL systems.
29. NCR 499 Data Processing System
NCR 499 data processing system is a low cost, general-purpose computer designed for first-time computer users in the commercial, industrial, manufacturing, educational, government , medical industries, retail industries and finance industries . Basic system features a 12K processor, 75- character-per-minute bi-directional matrix printer, magnetic tape cassette transport, and continuous forms handler. Magnetic tape cassette can be used to enter data and application software. Optional features include expanded memory, up to four magnetic tape cassette transports, and continuous forms feeder. The system can also accommodate peripheral units such as line printers, card reader and disk unit.
30. NCR Japan Field Engineering Services / Japan - Tokyo NCR Kamata Factory / Japan - NCR Oiso Factory
31. NCR Japan Oiso Factory, NCR Institute of Technology - Japan, Oiso Prefecture
32. NCR 2151 Retail Terminal
33. NCR 2152 Retail Terminal for Cash Receipting of Revenue Department, Government Sector
34. NCR 2251 Financial Terminal
35. NCR 8150 Interactive Direct Processing System ( IDPS Operating System )
36. NCR 8200 Interactive Multi Operating System ( IMOS) with CRT Terminal NCR 796-101 (ADDS)
37. NCR Decision Mate V ( Personal Computer )
38. NCR 2113 Electronic Cash Register
39. NCR 2114 Electronic Cash Register
40. NCR 2116 Electronic Cash Register
41. NCR 2120 Electronic Cash Register
42. NCR 2125 Electronic Cash Register
43. NCR 2160 Food Service System / Bar & Restaurant System consists of multiple electronic point-of-service terminal linked to a compact in-store processor
44. NCR 9300 32 BIT VLSI Mainframe ( ITX Operating System )
45. NCR Tower / NCR 1632
46. NCR 7900 Model 1 Interactive Data Display Terminal
47. NCR 7740 Proof and Document Encoder
48. NCR 2950 POS/M The Retail System
49. NCR 3450 Mini Tower / UNIX SVR4 MP RAS
50. NCR 5887 Automatic Teller Machine ( ATM )
During the years Kian Gwan had imported many paper transfer sheets for signature verification system from a corporation in New York USA . In a box of transfer sheets for signature verification, it is contained 200 sheets in 64x95mm size of chemical pads for any bank tellers to request new account holder to sign on the pad of two of his signatures to transfer those signatures chemically transfer to the last sheet of the new pass book of saving account or fixed deposit account for the purpose of future account holder verification by a UV (ultra violet ) lighting system. The paper transfer sheets for signature verification system helps banks to do business more securely on each of transaction of deposit and withdrawal to any bank accounts by paper-based transactions on pass books. The paper transfer sheets for signature verification is implemented and used by all of the banks in Thaland .
In 1950 Kian Gwan bought a piece of land in total area of 4 rai ( 6,400 square merter ) on House Number 283 Suriwongse Road, Umphuer Bangrak, Changwat Pranakorn to build company headquarter , and due to the business was expanded rapidly in the year 1968 the company had sold this piece of property and had managed to purchase a new piece of land of total area approximately 9 rai ( 14,400 square meter ) on Wireless Road for constructing new office Kian Gwan 1 which is a 14 storey building and a 4 storey parking building. The construction of these two buildings were completed in the year 1973. The company had moved from Suriwongse building to Kian Gwan House 1 and the remaining space in this new building have been rented mostly to international companies and embassies.
The company also established a subsidiary; Erawan Motor Company Limited which was housed at the 4 storey building in the compound to oversee the automobile distribution of Ford USA automobiles. During this period, Kian Gwan also opened an automobile assembly plant.
In 1970 - 1971 , Kian GwanCo. (Thailand) Ltd. imported vinyl flooring material with representation and warehousing in Bangkok from Pegulan-Werke AG , Germany. A wide range of quality Pegulan floor tiles and tiling products, abrasive materials and adhesive compounds for the building industries were introduced to Thailand market by Kian Gwan Co. ( Thailand ) Ltd. Kian Gwan Co. ( Thailand ) was also agency of Shipping Lines Compagnie Maritime des Chargeurs Reunis ( บริษัทเดินเรือ จาร์เกอร์รูนิส ) which direct sailings between Bangkok port and northern Europe ports.
In 1970 - 1973 , Kian Gwan Co. ( Thailand ) Ltd. opened a branch office in Korat, Maung District of Nakornrachasima province which is situated in the north-eastern parts of Thailand.
In 1975 Kian Gwan imported for Thailand market traditional consumables and supplier products for Offset printing industry from Hanns Eggen GmbH & Co. KG , Brüggen Germany ( บรูกเกน ประเทศเยอรมัน ). Kian Gwan supplied Hanns Eggen 's liquid developer to partners for all positive printing plates making of prepress films of Offset printing industry.
XX Provide advanced communications capabilities to link heterogeneous systems.
Strategic emphasis on these points provides the high-volume distribution needed to reduce development costs and increase the yield from our overall investments.
In 1976 Kian Gwan ( Thailand ) Company had transferred all importing and exporting businesses to the sister company ; Kian Gwan Commercial Co., Ltd. Kian Gwan ( Thailand ) Company has emphasized only on real-estate and property development.
In 1987 the company had seen the arising of requirement in the near future of new office space for tenants Kian Gwan had additionally built the Kian Gwan 2 building on the same plot of land of Kian Gwan 1 building. The Kian Gwan 2 is 19 storey building . The building was divided into 14 floors for office rental and 5 floors for parking space. The building has facilitated with luxury decorations to meet the demand of the target tenants and most of which are the international companies. Kian Gwan is currently operating two office building on Wireless Road in downtown Bangkok.
In 1991 the Kian Gwan ( Thailand ) Company has leased on 30 years of a piece of land nearby in total area of 1 rai 2 ngarn 70 square wah ( 2,680 square meter ) from Crown Property Bureau and had developed into Indosuez Building which is on the corner of Wireless/Sarasin Roads. It is sublet to various sub-tenants. In 2015 , the Indosuez Building is renamed to be Kian Gwan House Building 3 .
In year 1995 - 2005, Kian Gwan Commercial Co. was the first to introduce to Thailand the Automated Currency Exchange Machines , which were manufactured by Cable Print Company, J. Cardijnstraat 14-16, B-9420 Erpe-Mere , Belgium. Various OMNI Automated Currency Exchange Machines were installed at below sites for servicing to tourists who visited Thailand for exchanging automatically from 15-20 foreign currency bank notes into Thailand bank notes and coins :
- Bangkok Bank PCL., H.O. , Silom Road, Bangkok
- Bangkok International Airport ( Don Maung ) , Bangkok Bank PCL.
- Krung Thai Bank PCL., H.O. , North Nana Road, Bangkok
- Bangkok International Airport ( Don Maung ) , Krung Thai Bank.
- Bank of Asia , Amarin Plaza , Ploenchit Road, Bangkok
- Nakorn Thon Bank PCL. Surawongse Road, Bangkok
- Siam Commercial Bank PCL, Grand Palace / Emeral Budha Temple
In September 1997, Kian Gwan Commercial Co. was the first to introduce to Thailand the Automated Tablet Dispensing Machines , which were manufactured by Tosho Inc., Japan. Various TOPRA 256Y Automated Tablet Dispensing Machines were installed at below sites for servicing to public hospital for long-term care unit that requires speed and continuous high volume tablet dispensing.
- Hospital, Tamakha District, Kanchanaburi Province
- Hospital, Sena District, Ayudhaya Province
- Hospital, Maung District, Buriram Province
The Kian Gwan ( Thailand ) Company also owns a building in London, England which has been divided into units for long term leases.
Kian Gwan also owns two plots of land ; one on the Rama IV Road , Bangkok and one in Sriracha, Cholburi-these have not been developed yet.
Kian Gwan Commercial Co., Ltd. is a sister company of Kian Gwan Group which has approx. 70 employees. Kian Gwan principal bankers are the Siam Commercial Bank. The current business emphasis of Kian Gwan Commercial Company is on distribution of industrial & engineering products, computer hardware and software, networking support & software services, industrial & engineering maintenance services. The computer trading & servicing activities are directed at the Open Systems marketplace. The division focuses its resources achieving a rate of revenue growth higher than the industry average while maintaining above average profitability and a conservative balance sheet. Our efforts to achieve these objectives are reflected in the fundamental way we think about our business; "offering a product set ".
In order to sell our products successfully into all applicable markets, it is important that we develop flexible products and systems which can be easily integrated by customers and third parties at the appropriate levels. In order to achieve such product and system flexibility, we focus on the following:
XX Incorporate leading-edge technology into our offering,
XX Convergence to a common set of platforms as appropriate,
XX Use industry standards wherever practical,
XX Implement " Open System " architecture so that multiple vendour devices can be added easily ,