1988 – A year like many others. The Olympic Games are held in Seoul South Korea; the first of the Die Hard movies is showing in the cinemas and people are listening to Guns N’ Roses, U2 and Enya. Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher are about to change the face of global politics and the World Wide Web is first discussed at CERN.
Meanwhile, in 1988, two entrepreneurs who recognised the growing potential of combining China’s manufacturing capacity with Western know-how are about to launch a piece of history of their own. That piece of history was the first Motic microscope to roll off Motic’s own production line under the vision and guidance of Stephen Chan and Richard Yeung.
With a small production facility in Xiamen – one of China’s first designated zones for international trade – a young Motic hoped to provide affordable yet quality microscopes to Europe and the rest of the world.
Fast-forward to thirty years later. Korea is hosting the Winter Olympic Games, the World Wide Web is something we all take for granted, U2 and Guns N’ Roses are still enjoying fame and popularity and the Soviet Block is a thing of the past.
Motic in 2018 is a global brand recognised the world over for innovative and quality microscopy solutions. With around 2000 permanent employees and offices in North America, Europe and Asia the company is now able to deliver solutions not only to the Educational sector, but also to Industrial, Medical and Research markets.
Stephen Chan and Richard Yeung’s vision has enabled Motic to be one of the few foreign-owned companies to be allowed to list in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (300341). Motic has expanded through new products such as the award winning Panthera Line as well as through acquisitions such as the professional industrial solutions previously made under the Huvitz brand.
Today, the Motic group encompasses multiple brands covering multiple markets. Who knows what tomorrow can bring.