Tan Take Huat – Vistage Chair Profile

Tan_Take_HuatTAN TAKE HUAT founded Fibertech in 1998, a company manufacturing fiber tip for the writing instrument industry. Prior to starting Fibertech, he was the key person who developed and expanded the Asian distribution networks for the various porous media products of Porex Corporation, an American MNC from 1989 to 1997.

In 2000, Take Huat sold Fibertech to Porex Corporation. Then, he successfully started up Porex Technologies Malaysia combining fiber tip and porous plastic technology. He doubled the plant’s manufacturing capacity within 5 years and grew the company’s annual revenue based from RM300,000 to RM40 million in 11 years. By then, the company was exporting their products to 34 countries throughout Asia, Europe and America.

In order to tap into new markets, he established sales offices in China and India and also set up distributors throughout Asia. Take Huat is quick to recognize global opportunities and new emerging markets in which to grow Porex and to keep young dynamic people motivated in a highly competitive global market. At Porex, he led his manufacturing team to develop production systems that were efficient and these systems were replicated in other sister plants.

He is people focused and keeps a keen interest in human resources development. He has also mentored several young graduates into managerial positions at Porex Malaysia.

During his tenure as CEO, in 2004, Porex received the prestigious “Good to Great Company” recognition under the Business Excellence Award by the Malaysian Canadian Business Council.

Take Huat retired from Porex Malaysia in 2011. He has a wealth of knowledge in fiber tip writing instrument industry and porous media component business supplying to the healthcare, consumer and industrial markets. Through his career, he has gained vast experiences in manufacturing, international marketing and managing international business.

He is also an inventor and has joint patents with his colleagues at Porex for an applicator application comprising of a sintered porous polymeric component and a fibrous component coupled to the sintered porous polymeric component for use in writing instrument and cosmetic product industries.