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Located in one of Singapore’s many business parks, Tempco Manufacturing exports 100% of its production. As the company has developed, its composite business line has taken precedence over the rest of production and now accounts for as much as 50% of sales.
Tempco Manufacturing has been in business since 1983. The company has over 12,000 square metres of manufacturing area dedicated to its mostly in-house manufacturing processes, and uses the latest machines and technology in its field.
Tempco Manufacturing is able to respond rapidly, thanks to its pool of a hundred or so injection/compression machines and other equipment. Its management makes sure that all material is recent, and the company’s oldest machine is only five years old. Given the current highly competitive situation, which has not spared the company’s traditional electricity/electronics market, Managing Director Matthew Goh willingly calls attention to this advantage.
The company’s strict quality/price policy has enabled it to hold on to its main base of original customers, including GE, Schneider and Hager. Their specifications are expressed in such precise terms (e.g. parts per million) that there is no room for approximation.
To stay on top, Tempco has chosen to rely on a small group of suppliers for specific formulations or for developing new processes, e.g. for long-fibrereinforced thermoplastics. Since it started out in 1983, Tempco has placed its confidence in the Arburg company’s injection/ compression machines.
Tempco also designs and makes its own molds.
Growing composite business
Tempco’s composite business line has grown considerably over the past ten years, and now accounts for as much as 50% of current sales. According to Matthew Goh, this share should increase over the next few years. Given this perspective, rather than acquire new processes, the company is seeking more to optimize the use of the processes it already has a command of, and to develop new products.
Besides its products for the electricity/electronics sector, Tempco now produces a broad range of parts for applications like hydrogen fuel cells, wind turbines, tidal turbines, composite pallets, 4x4 vehicle recovery plates, r d cards, customizable respiratory masks, blood shakers/weighing devices and chain oilers for motorbikes and bicycles.
Projects in the making
For a time, the company was able to develop thanks to captive markets and loyal customers, but now it wants to spur its growth by developing its own products. At the moment, the Tempco R&D team is working to develop SMC-moulded waterturbine blades that are 8 metres long. Mr. Goh is very enthusiastic about this project, which will eventually lead the company to produce 2,000 blades per year – enough to guarantee Tempco Manufacturing its continuing growth.