The development of precision parts mak­er Sunningdale Tech over the years, in a sense, is a microcosm of the ebb and flow of how manufacturers seize opportunities and how they deal with the challenges of this intricately woven glob­al ecosystem.

While this company may not be the biggest name in the Singapore manufacturing scene, it is led by one of the biggest names in the Singapore business landscape: Koh Boon Hwee, the first local managing director of Hewlett Packard Singapore, and also known, at various points in time, as chairman of Singtel, Singapore Airlines and DBS Group.

Recognising that having dominant share­holding in a small company is no better than a small stake in a bigger and more efficient player, Koh engineered a series of M&As between 2003 and 2005 to form today’s Sunningdale.

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