(From The Star (Malaysia))
EKOWOOD Malaysia Sdn Bhd could have made a name for itself locally, but the timber-flooring manufacturer made a conscious decision to go knocking on the doors of strangers first.
Why take the harder path?
"If I don't compete internationally, I won't know the benchmarks,'' said Datuk Kelvin Tan Aik Pen, group managing director of TSH Resources Bhd which owns Ekowood.
Naturally, the quality awards coming its way now makes it all that much more satisfying.
In an interview, Tan is quick to brandish a "Best Solid Hardwood Flooring Supplier for 2000" award by Contract Floors, a trade magazine for flooring in Britain and Ireland.
"We spent a …