Name of Recipient:
Ms. Irene Chua
Umedic Pte Ltd, incorporated in 2005, is the brainchild of Irene Chua. Specializing in the area of healthcare and medical devices, the company supplies numerous products to hospitals and clinics in Singapore as well as other regions in Asia. This includes emergency carts, hospital beds, trash bins and wheelchairs, among many others. The corporation also aims to contribute meaningfully to the society by offering innovative and top-notch quality medical products as well as technical services.
With more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Irene expressed that starting up this company has brought her much joy. Prior to the establishment of Umedic, Irene was also dealing with medical devices. However, she felt that there was a lack of opportunity for her to fully utilize her talents in design and arts. Thus, Irene took the entrepreneurial plunge 10 years ago and formed her own company, giving her to opportunity to customize intelligent and user-friendly solutions for material handling projects in various hospitals and clinics.
Today, Umedic stands as one of the leaders within its industry. As an award recipient of Singapore’s Outstanding Enterprise, it vividly displays the company’s ability in excelling. Albeit the company’s success, Irene shared that the road of entrepreneurship was not exactly smooth sailing. Right from the beginning, Umedic encountered the problem of finding a suitable office space due to a lack of funding. In addition, the company also struggled sourcing for trustworthy business partners and suppliers. As the company was still young and relatively new to the market, it was again challenging to gain a solid customer base, as they did not have many credentials then.
Despite the tough circumstances, the team at Umedic never gave up and continued to persevere in the face of adversity. It was through their persistence and determination that the company was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Currently, Umedic is the master distributor of Provita Lighting & IV Pole Systems as well as Hammerlit Material Handling & Transportation Systems from Germany.
When asked to talk about some of the company’s proudest business achievements to date, Irene stated that she is extremely pleased that the company is able to export some of its own customized products to neighbouring regions such as Malaysia and Brunei. Additionally, Umedic was able to attract knowledgeable and skilled individuals, who share the same goal of wanting to provide the best services to customers, to join its workforce.
Plans of expansion are on the cards, as Umedic intends to expand its area of business in the Asian region, specifically, Taiwan. They are currently collaborating with Medical-Master to manufacture hospital beds and carts. On top of that, Umedic is also looking to manufacture its own in-house products, under the ‘Umedic’ brand name, to further support the healthcare industry and those seeking healthcare services.
To Irene, entrepreneurship is the ability to be creative and focused at the same time. “Concentrate on what you want and what you love to do,” said Irene. Clearly, this is evident in the company’s ethos of serving its customers with passion and dedication. At Umedic, its team does not regard any of its services as a part of their job, but rather, the staff render all their services with their heart.
Irene also elaborated that commitment, responsibility, and willingness to learn are the most important traits that a successful business person should possess. She explained that these three traits should be the main ingredients of a true recipe of success, as an individual who possesses these traits would be able to weather through any crisis and emerge stronger, without ever having any urge to give up and quit.
Giving advice to potential entrepreneurs, Irene shared that one must always have a firm sense of planning in mind in order for a company to function in the long term. She cautioned budding entrepreneurs to be mindful of their choices as it is absolutely vital in the world of business. She went on the highlight that one must always be brave to try out new things, as this is the only way to learn and grow.
Evidently, Umedic is not your typical workplace, as it is a dynamic company, with a deep passion and commitment to provide the best services for those in need. Apparently, that is the reason for the company’s success and by continuing its business in this manner, it will continue to ride the wave of success for a long time to come.
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