In its early years, PLC Industries plied its trade in construction and fabrication, dabbling in the manufacturing of defence parts and aerospace components. But the company soon realised that in order to shine, it needed a niche area to specialise in, which would help it stand out from the competition.
Having manufactured some biomedical and photonics components, the company decided to delve deeper into the specialty. Yet in order to diversify and increase its fabrication capabilities, it needed contacts and clients, not to mention a little help to steer it in the right direction. For that, the company turned to SPRING.
“It’s nice to know that we have a champion whom we can turn to for help when we need it,” said PLC’s Chief Operating Officer Mr Marc Tan. “Over the years, SPRING has been integral to our growth, from providing us with referrals to customers and suppliers, to encouraging us to develop our capabilities.”
In November 2007, the company embarked on an ultra-machining project which would enable it to mirror-finish a surface up to a thinness of 1.27 microns. Thanks to funding received through SPRING’s Technology Innovation Programme, PLC now exports the resulting product to Saxonburg.
The company has also benefited from a road-mapping exercise through the Precision Engineering Centre of Innovation which is partially funded by SPRING.
With two upcoming projects in the pipeline, Mr Tan says PLC Industries is grateful to have SPRING as an advisor and friend. “SPRING has been a great help to us over the years. It has given us a solid foundation for capability development. Whenever we want to embark on a new project or capability, it is heartening to know that there is someone we can turn to who can tell us whether it’s feasible or not and point us in the right direction.”