The Beginning of QBEE
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It all began in 1980s. When a young man (then), our founder, Mr. Bee Ng first started out with a humble beginning, as a motorcycle mechanic merely to simply bring home the dough.
Starting out hasn’t been easy in pre-industrialised Malaysia, Malaysia then was more dependent on the exports of raw materials and was known more as a country specializing in low-income industrialization. Bikes were few and far between – Soichiro Honda’s vision of putting a motor into the bicycle just wasn’t common and even then, the Honda Cub was perceived as a luxury item than a necessity in Malaysia.
Then came the rapid modernization of our southern geographical neighbor, Singapore.
The motorcycle trade thus boomed in the Southern corridor of Malaysia – no doubt due to the hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists traveling into Singapore as a solution for cheaper labor and the opportunity for a higher income due to the increasing income disparity due to stronger Singapore Dollar.
Sensing a good opportunity to move into the rapidly increasing parts supply/ distribution sector and armed with technical expertise, Bee then ventured into this very sector by starting QL and we have been doing the same ever since. Parts dealerships and recognition soon came quickly as QL was made the Southern parts distributors for OEMs like Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Modenas.
Years went by and QL was always recognized as one of the best stockists in the region with our glowing plethora of awards and plaques confirming our position to consistently generate revenue with OEMs as stockists.
Our big break came when QBEE (a clever connotation of QL and our founder’s name thought by Bee’s wife, Afton) was formed in 2001 to start the importation of motorcycle aftermarket products. Amongst our first products were the firsts aftermarket motorcycle rims for underbones (or what is affectionately referred to as Kapchais) in Malaysia which has continued to this very day. This increasing product range line-up soon included tires and brake shoes.
Other companies soon began to mimic our procedures, thrashing prices for one-shot hit/run businesses soon became the norm in motorcycle spares. Instead of being competitive by providing sub-standard products, QBEE streamlined it’s supply chain solutions and hence provided competitive yet quality motorcycle spares into the market. Such planning and actions allowed QBEE to become a household brand amongst all motorcycle workshops in Malaysia. Our phone lines were ringing non-stop by workshops demanding dealerships and supply of goods. Regional importers from all over South East Asia soon got in the act and started importing from us.
When you deal with QBEE, we are not a faceless gigantic company underlayer and layers of inefficient bureaucracy – instead our strength lies very much in the dynamism of our staffs and marketing teams.