History

1997

Company founders Avi Kaplan and Thierry Chausse meet in Korea for the first time. Working as traders they recognize an opportunity in the growing body piercing market

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1998

Early in the year the company acquires small premises on Khao San Road, Bangkok. More storage space enables the team to supply more customers

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In 1999, the Narayana Phand shop officially opens in the center of Bangkok. The shop lasts until March 2007

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2000

December: The company opens its first walk-in shop on Rambuttri Road. The ground floor becomes the main showroom

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2001

October: the company buys shares in the factory of their main supplier in Korea: E-ring Co. Ltd.,

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2002

November: With business expanding rapidly, the company buys a 4 story building to use as a dedicated production center

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March: The company buys out silver jewelry supplier Oz International Co. Ltd. This means all casting and polishing

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2004

February: A major logistical project is undertaken, consolidating material and tools from 3 separate locations to new premises in Pinklao Road

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Salamander buys out their Korean partner, and starts the process of moving the Korean factory to Thailand. The gradual company-wide migration from Korea begins

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2006

In January a fire destroys much of the 6th floor of the building. Thankfully there are no injuries, and within 3 days the business is fully operational again

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2007

July: the huge construction project is completed: a 3000m2 facility with a 2 floor factory and state of the art equipment. Within 3 days of construction commencing

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We begin to organize into departments. Recruitment is outsourced and systems are standardized for the first time

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2009

The company’s expanding manufacturing scope necessitates high quality new machinery: including a PVD vacuum machine, laser marking and laser welding units.

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A ‘sticker printer’ unit enables us to manufacture even more in house; expanding our manufacturing capabilities in this popular style of jewelry

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2011

A new 1400m2 factory annex is opened to house the majority of the larger equipment. Basic1 will house the larger units and make room for even more expansion.

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The company is awarded ISO 14001: certification of environmental management systems and policies. This year the company is also awarded OHSAS 18001

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2013

Salamander Jewelry buys out a European plastic manufacturer, and now has the capacity to extrude and inject all types of plastics.

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2014

Our PVD facilities are upgraded due to an increase in online orders. Our workplace health initiatives including running drug and AIDS prevention campaigns

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2015

The company makes great advances in our standards of certification, including: ISO 50001 on Energy management systems

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2016

The company’s efforts at operational efficiency and sustainability take a new leap forward. We apply for and achieve CSR-DIW certification within the same year

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