Patkol in the Philip­pines

Of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent engi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and prod­ucts

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Patkol Pub­lic Com­pany Lim­ited, a Thai- owned engi­neer­ing com­pany ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble prod­ucts and ser­vices, has been en­hanc­ing its ex­per­tise while ex­pand­ing its com­pet­i­tive­ness in the global mar­ket. For over 50 years, the com­pany has show­cased ex­cel­lent engi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and high qual­ity prod­ucts that have been known in pro­vid­ing and sat­is­fy­ing its cus­tomers from dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries.

Driven by its pas­sion for in­no­va­tion and engi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence, a re­frig­er­a­tion con­trac­tor com­pany es­tab­lished in 1965 as Patanakolkarn Co., Ltd by Chong­vatana Fam­ily, is now rec­og­nized as a leader in man­u­fac­tur­ing a wide range of in­dus­trial equip­ment and ma­chin­ery.

It is or­ga­nized in five groups of busi­ness op­er­a­tion in­clud­ing Ice Mak­ing Ma­chine Busi­ness Unit, Re­frig­er­a­tion Busi­ness Unit, Solid Food Busi­ness Unit, Food and Dairy Busi­ness Unit, and Tanks and Pres­sure Ves­sels Busi­ness Unit.

Since it was founded, Patkol has been con­sis­tent in its busi­ness of pro­vid­ing ex­ten­sive range of high qual­ity and re­li­able re­frig­er­a­tion prod­ucts. These in­clude freez­ing and cold rooms, chiller, re­frig­er­a­tion equip­ment, freezer, IQF (In­di­vid­ual Quick Freezer) and su­per­mar­ket show­case.

All these re­frig­er­a­tion sys­tems and prod­ucts are de­signed in world­wide stan­dards with mod­ern engi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy and lower en­ergy con­sump­tion. It con­cen­trates on cus­tomers’ safety and re­quire­ments which can be tai­lored in var­i­ous de­signs, col­ors and sizes.

In 1976, Patkol started its tube ice ma­chine busi­ness. It con­tin­u­ously en­hances its own ca­pa­bil­i­ties to re­tain lead­er­ship in the in­dus­try. See­ing the im­por­tance of block ice pro­duc­tion, the com­pany also de­signed and de­vel­oped block ice plant which has been known for its ef­fi­ciency and mod­ern tech­nolo­gies. It comes in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties, pro­duc­ing 10 to 350 tons of block ice per day.

To fur­ther com­ply with the mar­ket de­mand, Patkol also de­vel­oped scale ice and plate ice mak­ing ma­chines, ice pack­ing ma­chine, ice con­veyer sys­tem, ice stor­age and pack­ing room. It also pro­vides in­stal­la­tion and af­ter sales ser­vice for main­te­nance or chang­ing of equip­ment in ei­ther com­plete unit or in­di­vid­ual parts.

Patkol’s ice ma­chine busi­ness is still grow­ing both in Thai­land and over­seas. It is ex­port­ing ma­chines to over 50 coun­tries in five con­ti­nents. All ma­chines by Patkol are man­u­fac­tured un­der ASME (Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Me­chan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing) stan­dard and de­signed for trop­i­cal ar­eas and heavy duty work.

Other than its es­tab­lished name in re­frig­er­a­tion and ice ma­chine busi­ness, Patkol is also rec­og­nized in pro­vid­ing ma­chines and sys­tems for dairy and bev­er­age in­dus­tries. It de­signs, man­u­fac­tures, in­stalls and pro­vides spare plants for milk plant and in both al­co­hol and non­al­co­hol bev­er­age in­dus­tries, as well as for liq­uid chem­i­cals. It also pro­vides stain­less tanks, ves­sels, mix­ers and pro­cess­ing equip­ment for liq­uid food pro­cess­ing, dairy, bev­er­age, brewery, cos­metic, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and chem­i­cal plants.

To ad­dress the ex­pand­ing agri­cul­tural food pro­cess­ing in­dus­try in the past years, the com­pany has de­vel­oped its ex­per­tise in the de­sign and con­struc­tion of food ma­chiner­ies for Canned Tuna Pro­cess­ing Plant, Shrimp Pro­cess­ing Plant and Veg­etable and Fruit Pro­cess­ing Plant. These ma­chiner­ies have met the re­quired food safety and hy­gienic stan­dards, and are de­signed to en­hance cus­tomers’ ad­van­tages in terms of sav­ing pro­duc­tion and la­bor costs.

At present, Patkol is re­search­ing and de­vel­op­ing new prod­ucts to serve var­i­ous busi­ness units and is im­prov­ing its ex­ist­ing prod­ucts to main­tain its lead in each in­dus­try. The com­pany has been grow­ing and ex­pand­ing its net­work in Asia in­clud­ing In­done­sia, Malaysia, Myan­mar, Philip­pines and Viet­nam.

In the Philip­pines, the com­pany has started in­vest­ing in the open­ing of a busi­ness of­fice named Patkol Philip­pines Cor­po­ra­tion. It is af­fil­i­ated with a Filipino part­ner who has knowl­edge and ex­per­tise in lo­cal prod­ucts and mar­kets.

“Patkol in­tends to de­liver good prod­ucts and ser­vices to cus­tomers in the Philip­pines and will do busi­ness for all parts as we do in Thai­land along with the in­vest­ment plan as well,” Sangchai Chotchuangchutchaval, Patkol chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, told BusinessWorld in an email.

Mr. Chotchuangchutchaval said the coun­try is con­sists of well- ed­u­cated pop­u­la­tion that will help its mar­ket to grow. He added that Patkol will de­liver prod­ucts and ser­vices to its Philip­pine clients with a growth rate close to the growth of economics and in­vest­ment of the re­gion and coun­try. Op­er­at­ing at great ef­fi­ciency One of Patkol’s cus­tomers in the coun­try is LDP Farms Food Cor­po­ra­tion owned by Lolim Fam­ily. LDP pur­chased equip­ment from Patkol for its block ice plant, which ma­jor­ity of its pro­duc­tion is in­tended for their grow­ing dress­ing plant.

It was April 2003 when LDP President Ben­jamin Q. Lolim and LDP Vice President Ana Maria G. Lolim opened a 40- metric tons LDP Ice Plant in San Fabian, Pan­gasi­nan. The idea came when their lo­cal sup­plier couldn’t pro­vide them the amount of ice for their dress­ing plant and they had to re­sort with sup­pli­ers from neigh­bor­ing prov­inces.

As the dress­ing plant con­tin­u­ously grows, the LDP Ice Plant ex­pands. But it is only in 2016 when the Lolim Fam­ily de­cided to open an­other 120 metric tons of block ice plant with all the equip­ment from Patkol. The ice plant re­cently opened in April and within three months of its op­er­a­tions, they have ob­served how ef­fi­cient and eco­nom­i­cal it is.

LDP Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Cindy Marie G. Lolim shared in an in­ter­view that they were im­pressed when they saw Patkol’s ice plants and fac­tory in Bangkok, Thai­land. And when the com­pany gave them the pro­posal, they fig­ured out how good Patkol’s sys­tem and de­sign are.

“We saw that the price is com­pa­ra­ble. And of course, the de­sign of the equip­ment, of the ma­chine, and the whole sys­tem process is good,” Ms. Lolim said.

Ms. Lolim said that the block ice plant de­signed by Patkol works ef­fi­ciently. She shared that it only takes less than 48 hours to so­lid­ify the wa­ter in an ice can with a ca­pac­ity of 165 kilo­grams and takes few sec­onds for solid block ice to rise from cans af­ter soak­ing it into a thaw­ing tank.

When it comes to cost and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, Patkol’s Block Ice Plant uses less man­power and less sup­ply of elec­tic­ity caus­ing them to gen­er­ate more profit.

“We are very happy cus­tomers [of Patkol],” Ms. Lolim said, not­ing that they are sat­is­fied with the prod­ucts and ser­vices of Patkol. “Our cus­tomers are also very happy be­cause of the big­ger and solid ice.”

LDP is Patkol’s first turnkey project in the Philip­pines for block ice plant. As for Fer­nan Reyes, Patkol Philip­pines president and CEO, they are glad that LDP has given their trust to Patkol. LDP’s ob­jec­tive is aligned with Patkol’s goal to de­liver qual­ity equip­ment with good man­u­fac­tur­ing stan­dard.

Aside from block ice plant, Patkol also started busi­ness in the Philip­pines in the field of tube ice fac­tory, re­frig­er­a­tion ma­chin­ery and food pro­cess­ing ma­chin­ery.

“Our goal is to pro­mote Patkol prod­ucts to all cus­tomers who value good qual­ity, and ef­fi­cient and en­ergy- sav­ing tech­nol­ogy. We want to be their part­ner in their busi­ness suc­cess and de­vel­op­ment,” Mr. Reyes said.

Other than its es­tab­lished name in re­frig­er­a­tion and ice ma­chine busi­ness, Patkol is also rec­og­nized in pro­vid­ing ma­chines and sys­tems for food process, dairy and bev­er­age in­dus­tries.

LDP Ice Plant in San Fabian, Pan­gasi­nan is Patkol’s first turnkey project in the Philip­pines for block ice plant.

One of Patkol’s cus­tomers in the coun­try is LDP Farms Food Cor­po­ra­tion owned by Lolim Fam­ily.

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