The Bok Seng Group has gone from strength to strength in 30 years through prudence and unity. City News profiles this family-owned logistics company.
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Founded by Henry Ng, the Bok Seng Group of Companies has a rich company history dating back to more than 30 years. The group comprises Bok Seng Logistics Pte. Ltd., BS Technology Pte. Ltd. and Bok Seng Asia Pte. Ltd., making Bok Seng Group an end-to-end integrated logistics provider.
Ng started out as a bulldozer operator three decades ago. His foray into business began when he formed a partnership with his father, called Bok Seng Construction. As the construction business grew, Ng saw the opportunity to go into the transportation business, and later renamed the company Bok Seng Transport & Construction. Bok Seng Holdings Pte. Ltd. was established in 1988 to manage the logistics business as well as other business interests. In December 2000, the company was renamed Bok Seng Logistics Pte. Ltd., and has since been certified ISO 9001:2008 and OHSAS 18001:2007.
Carrying the vision of “moving the world,” Bok Seng Group has handled major projects like the transportation of the MRT trains for the commissioning of the North East and Circle Lines in Singapore. It has also transported the new series of cable cars for the upgrade of the Sentosa Cable Car System.
Today, Ng has trained his own son, Dave, to take over the family business. Expressing passion for his line of business, the younger Ng says, “I love looking at huge machinery on the move. Each time when our team successfully executes a job for our clients, we feel a sense of achievement.”
Dave Ng, together with his team, heads the second generation that has taken over the business activities. They have a vision to take Bok Seng to the next level with the guidance of his father who now serves as managing director.
The company, like any other, has been through its share of ups and downs, such as the 1997 economic crisis and SARS outbreak. To stay afloat and remain profitable, stringent measures had to be taken. These measures included a wage freeze, reduction of commissions and taking action to streamline costs.
Bok Seng’s team remained steadfast and united, emerging relatively unscathed through the tough times. “We were fortunate as our team members were able to stay strong together and continue building the company despite the economic downturn and other difficulties,” said Ng.
“Together with the pioneers, good management team and staff, we managed to pull through the obstacles and pooled the required resources for the company to continue its vein of sustainable and profitable growth.”
Presently, all three Bok Seng companies are well-known in the market for their services. They are the experts in land logistics, marine logistics and specialist logistics in moving heavy machinery. The company even has its own fleet of tugs and barges
Bok Seng Logistics focuses on project management for marine and heavy equipment as well as logistics management in the area of warehouse and inventory management, container trucking and depot management.
Bok Seng Technology is the industry’s leading company providing sales, rental and services of various ranges of safety access, material handling advance lifting equipment.
Bok Seng Asia is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Bok Seng Logistics, focused in providing one-stop support for transit cargo in the oil and gas sector, marine and other construction sectors.
The Bok Seng group has received industry recognition in the area of Boon & Scissor Lift Operators Training in 2010, an International Award for Powered Access (IAPA).
Visit www.bsgroup.com.sg for more information about the Bok Seng Group.