Cebu-based wooden pallet maker and home furnishing retailer Palmax Solutions, Inc. has finally brought high-end kitchen and cabinetry manufacturer Oppein to Metro Manila. After opening the first showroom of the Chinese brand in Banilad Town Centre in Cebu City in April 2015, the company has recently opened the doors of Oppein’s second Philippine address at the second level of Commercenter Building along Commerce Avenue in Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Just like over 4,200 display stores of Oppein worldwide, this new showroom showcases the latest kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures, wardrobe systems, and home furniture to meet the discerning preferences of modern home owners in the metro and nearby cities.
Aside from displaying an extensive product line, the showroom also serves as a one-stop hub where customers could discuss their customization and personalization preferences with the local Oppein team. The brand gives clients the power to freely decide on the materials and layout to fit their requirements, available space, and even budget.
Quality products and service
Oppein products are ideal for hotel and home interiors. The brand is also becoming popular among condominium owners, who want to maximize storage capability of their small spaces. “We usually flip a bare unit into a living space,” said Palmax Solutions Managing Director Oliver Ko. (Palmax is the exclusive distributor of Oppein products in the country).
“In the last two years, we have Manila-based clients who actually flew to Cebu just to place orders at our Oppein store,” he said “Even if they had to spend a little more for freight and for our team to fly to Manila to install their kitchen and cabinets, they were okay as they instantly fell in love with the products.”
In an interview with Tech and Lifestyle Journal, Ko said that a growing number of homeowners in the country are getting more conscious about the quality of home furniture they install. “You can never compare Oppein products’ quality with all others available in the local market today. The workmanship is totally different. The machines used to create all Oppein products are all from Germany. The materials used all pass certain European standards.”
“That is why Palmax is really happy to be Oppein’s dealer in the Philippines. We know their products are of high quality and we are so proud to be carrying those,” Ko continued. (The 17-year-old Palmax is itself involved in manufacturing wooden furniture and modular cabinetry.)
The Alabang showroom was put up not just to address the growing demand for Oppein products in the metro. Ko disclosed that aftersales concerns are the real reasons why they put up showrooms. “If the clients need to run after us, they know where to find us. Seriously, that’s the reason why we have showrooms. We don’t want people to think that we are just after the sales and not addressing problems they might possibly have after.”
“It’s the commitment that we give to every single client that should they have any problem in the future, they can always come back to us,” he reiterated.
Ko revealed that they have plans to open their third Oppein showroom in Bacolod in 2018. “For whatever reason, Bacolod has been very supportive even of our local products. So when we introduced Oppein in the country, a lot of Bacolod residents jumped and supported the brand right away,” he said.
After that, Ko said they might open more stores in Metro Manila and in other cities elsewhere in the country where demand for Oppein products will be high.
Oppein was founded in 1994 and has since been growing aggressively to be among the top cabinetry manufacturers globally. Its global partners (suppliers) include Consentino and Caesarstone (Quartz surface fixtures for kitchens and bathrooms), Austria’s Egger (particleboards), Matson Lumber (supplies materials for solid wood doors and cabinets), and European hardware makers BLUM and Hettich.