It begins with the entrepreneurial
Our Chairman, Mr Lim Ching
Seng, started the business as a sole proprietorship under his own
name back in 1947. The business, which was renamed as Chop Chin Leong
three years later, acts mainly as dealers in paints and building
Operating from its humble premises in 142B Rangoon
Road, the entrepreneurial journey was far from easy. Mr Lim recalled
those early days, "In the year 1938, I left my homeland to
settle down in Singapore and earn a living. During those days, there
were difficulties in getting jobs and in setting up businesses, but
with sheer determination and courage, I succeeded in overcoming all
obstacles that approached my path and managed to set up a business on
a very modest scale".
Today, the premises from which our
business had originated is still very much a part of the CLP heritage.
The address has been renamed as 94 Sing Avenue, but it remained as an
outlet from which the Paint Department of our holding company operates.
The landmark premises is symbolic, a reminder of the core values from
which our business had relied on through the years -- diligence,
perseverance and adaptability
The first step towards our
chemicals business in the present day came in 1959, when we started
importing chemicals, solvents and paint raw materials from overseas. In
the same year, we expanded into the Malaysian market.
With the remarkable progress made during
these early years, a piece of land of approximately 5,855 square metres
at Lorong Puntong
(off Thomson Road) was acquired for the purpose of building storage
flourished after Singapore gained independence in 1965, both as a
result of the rapid growth of local industries as well as the
overwhelming support received from our valued customers. Along with
our rapid expansion, the business was incorporated in 1973 under the
name of Chin Leong Paints Pte Ltd.
As our business gradually diversify
from manufacturing of paints into trading and manufacturing of
chemicals, the company was renamed as Chin Leong Paints and Chemicals
Pte Ltd in 1980. In the same year, Chin Leong Construction Pte Ltd was
established, to undertake waterproofing projects.
In 1982, we moved into our present
premises at 2 Tanjong Penjuru.
With the availability of greater space and facilities, we also started
the import of bulk chemicals.
In the mean time, our bid for regional
presence took on a greater momentum, with the setting up of a number of
overseas offices in Malaysia, China / Hongkong , Taiwan
and Vietnam. Our other key markets in Asia include Thailand and
Continued on The CLP Story part II