Founded September 4, 1945, Gabriel S. Ripoll, Sr., began City Office Equipment (now, COE, Inc.) to repair, import and market rebuilt US office equipment here in the Philippines. In 1958, City Office Equipment began to acquire exclusive distributorship of world-famous brands of office equipment beginning with the world-renowned Walther line of adding machines.
After its reorganization as City Office Equipment, Inc. on August 22, 1974, the company acquired exclusive distributorship of a string of quality brands: Oasis Dehumidifiers in 1979, BMC Electronic Calculators in 1980 and the popular Uchida line of Checkwriters and Perforators in 1982. Some time after, Uchida bank note counters and projectors were added to the list.
With over 50 years and three generations of experience and trust behind it, City Office Equipment, Inc. established itself as one of the pioneers and has continued to grow as one of the leaders in the Philippine office equipment industry.
However, in 1992, City Office Equipment, Inc. saw a need to specialize in dehumidification systems. A section within the company was organized to deliver design, maintenance and technical services.