SME Spotlight: Turning to niche field for growth

Aik Soon Hardware was founded by Mr Quek Bok Teck in 1982. The family-owned business, which has shifted its business focus from general hardware to valves, is now in the hands of the second generation, with two of Mr Quek's four children and a son-in
Aik Soon Hardware was founded by Mr Quek Bok Teck in 1982. The family-owned business, which has shifted its business focus from general hardware to valves, is now in the hands of the second generation, with two of Mr Quek's four children and a son-in-law forming its management team.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Aik Soon Hardware excelled by shifting focus from general hardware to valves

Starting with a single desk in borrowed office space and just one telephone line, Aik Soon Hardware has grown from being a general hardware dealer to become a specialist distributor of marine and industrial valves.

Founded in 1982 by Mr Quek Bok Teck, the family-owned business is now in the hands of the second generation, with two of Mr Quek's four children and a son-in-law forming Aik Soon's management team.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'Turning to niche field for growth'. Print Edition | Subscribe