In 1920, Mr. Tan Soon Heng, a passionate visionary, saw the limitless potential soil could bring to us and founded his legendary ceramic company in Kuala Lumpur, where the legacy of Claytan began...
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Gifted with the knack of crafting ceramics, and fuelled with fiery passion to continue the legacy of this ancient art, late Mr. Tan Soon Heng, a native teochew from the southern province of Guangdong, China, founded Claytan in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur.
Since then, with the support of its creativity and innovation, Claytan embarked on a journey to craft a better human life.
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One of the key elements to preserve a nation is by taking care of the basic needs of its people.
During the colonisation of Malaya, the British government initiated to improve public health system and consistent water supply.
This gave birth to Johre Pipe Company ("JPC") - established by the late Mr. Tan to produce the finest vitrified clay pipes for the Public works Department and the Health Department - the veins of Malaya are laid.
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The world saw a drastic leap in rubber demand for industrialisation. Latex rubber industry brought prosperity to some in Malaya. To the majority, this derives livelihood.
To meet the growing demand, Claytan started to produce latex cups, which eventually expanded into division of earthen containers and tableware. Claytan evolved into a household name as its products bring families closer..
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An industry is evergreen when it is constantly enhanced. To further create milestones and to continue the legacy of ceramic industry, the sanitary ware production process was modernised. Claytan pioneered to install modern British designed tunnel kiln in Malaysia. This is to produce refined sanitaryware that complies with the British Standard.
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In this post independence era, Malaysians began to immerse in the harmobious and peachful ambience in a multi-racial setting.
People of different races can be seen hanging out publicly while embracing the long awaited peace. Hence, the famous laid back Malaysian culture - Kopitiam culture is born!
Oriental Ceramics Sdn. Bhd was incorporated - its iconic coffee cup still evokes nostalgia to different generations today.
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Trust is a powerful language to forge relationships. Claytan advocates this value by entrusting local brands in Japan and United Kingdom, to import its refined sanitaryware into the two markets, to satisfy their hygiene requirement. Malaysia has been a trade partner with these two trading powerhouse since the 16th Century, this collaboration simply opens another chapter in the trading relationship.
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Do you know the nearly 97% of the world's water is salt water or otherwise undrink-able, while another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers? Only the remaining 1% is shared among all livings.
Knowing this responsibility, Claytan was the second in the world to utilise and promote the Australian invented dual flush system back in 1988, which successfully reduced flushing water consumption by 25%.
This helps us to be a better steward for natural resources.
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Colours were vastly used during the Renaissance era to produce fine art and spectacular drawings.
Claytan believes that fine art is presented in our day-to-day life too. With this inspiration, Claytan Fine China (Tableware) Sdn Bhd was established to combine fine art and necessity. In the form of stoneware and artware with fascinating colours, this enriches the user experience and adds colours to our daily lives.
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As the years go by, mankind becomes increasingly health conscious, it is translated into a higher cleanliness standard.
Riding on the uptrend, Claytan became the pioneer in Malaysia and the first in ASEAN to produce fine fireclay sinks and wash basins. Independent toilet, anti-bacterial ceramic and healthcare products are also introduced in ASIAN to promote longevity.
2000 years ago, the world was once connected because of spice and silk. Today, the world is brought closer because of awareness for sanitation.
With an extensive range of products and advance technology, Claytan continued to spread this sanitation gospel to the other parts of the world, for example, SEA, China and the Middle East.
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Bathroom can be a symbolic area of the residence. It indicates the elegance pursuit of the homeowner. As sanitation becomes a common feature of household, humans start to yearn for elegance in sanitary ware - sophistication.
To fulfil the pursuit, Claytan acquired Silverdale UK Bathroom to preserve the state-of-the-art design existed centuries ago. The legacy of the glorious days is captured vivdly through a small detail on the sanitary ware.
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Till date, Claytan is one of the largest ceramic manufacturing group in Asean, exporting up to 35 countries around the world. The production of ceramic has grown from 50 pieces a year to 7 million pieces a year.
Yet on the flip side, there are still 4.2 billion people living with out access to safety managed sanitation. This figure only humbled Claytan to press on as an empowering factor for mankind, to pursue sanitation, to produce durable and sustainable sanitaryware, and achieve Wate and Sanitation for all.