SINGAPORE - A family-owned building business that deals with fit-outs and furniture moved into its new Sungei Kadut headquarters yesterday.
The $30 million complex spans 181,000 sq ft - four times the size of Sunray Woodcraft Construction's old premises at Bukit Batok. It houses showrooms, production facilities, a warehouse and a dormitory.
The production operation will be channeled towards assembly, fine finishes and research and development (R&D) while mass production will continue in China and Malaysia.
The office expansion has enabled Sunray to bring in new technology from Germany to support R&D. It has also allowed the firm to implement an enterprise resource planning system that improves connectivity among departments.
Chief executive Connie Wu said in a statement: "With this streamlining (of Sunray's operations), the company has effectively saved hundreds of truck trips per month and reduced our manpower requirements on the factory floor, thus doing more with less."
Mr Alan Lim, vice president (corporate development), said having the firm's capabilities under one roof has the potential to minimise its operational costs by 70 per cent.
More importantly, he added the new headquarters put the firm in a better position to capture more of the global market.
Executive director Charles Tan said while 95 per cent of the firm's annual revenue is derived here, it is pursuing overseas projects in the Asean region, China and the Middle East, worth $1 billion. Sunray also has jobs underway in Macau, Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia.