SPETA called on Mr Chan Hai Kiang, MD of Flexspeed Technology

SPETA : Tell us more about your company.

Mr Chan : Flexspeed Technologies is a one-stop solutions provider to the Precision Engineering sector and beyond. We represent various manufacturers, and have also invested in the development of our own products. We are also the leader of the iSMART consortium, comprising Dream Technology, Renishaw, Wenzel and Fanuc. Our five companies do joint marketing and other collaborations under this banner.

SEPTA : How is business? Who are some of your customers?

Mr Chan : Business is OK and picking up. We are getting certainly more queries. Our cobots (collaborative robots) are well received in light of the shortage of manpower faced by the industry. They can undertake low-skilled tasks such as loading or unloading workpieces, freeing up manpower for more crucial work. Our customers include companies like D-Met Precision, Ground and Sharp Precision Engineering, as well as Certact Engineering. We have started to loan robots to prospective customers so that they can gain hands-on experience with the technology. The customers appreciate this, even if the robotic arms are currently supported by the Productivity Solutions Grant from Enterprise Singapore.

SEPTA : What are some of your plans?

Mr Chan : We have invested in the R&D of solutions so that our customers can run for longer hours and improve their tool utilisation rate. This allows us to target other manufacturing companies beside Precision Engineering, e.g. the labour intensive preparation or packaging of food. We have also developed an ERP software suite called Integrated Smart Manufacturing & Automated Technology (ISMART) that optimised for SME manufacturers. It is not an MES, but has many features that will be needed by SMEs.

SPETA : What is your business philosophy? Any words for your fellow bosses?

Mr Chan : I graduated from the Japan-Singapore Training Institute (a predecessor organisation of Nanyang Polytechnic), was sent to Japan and spent a further two years with the Brown Boveri Training Centre as a trainer. So training has always been of keen interest to me. Right now, I have two ITE and one Poly graduates that joined me after graduation, and I also got 4 interns from NTU. By joining us, we are able to give them the learning opportunities. I am also working closely with ITE to help train and expose more students to Engineering internships and careers. I believe I can help to give back to the society.


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