Outstanding Science Alumni Awards 2005
LIM-WEE Fong Thim Jane
Co-owner/Marketing Director, Wee Hoe Cheng Chemicals Pte Ltd
Wee Hoe Cheng Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)
PT Lumindo (Indonesia)
BSc(Hons) 1972
Jane LIM-WEE majored in Chemistry & Zoology in the National University of Singapore and received her Honours degree in Chemistry in 1972.
Ms LIM-WEE started her career as a pharmaceutical sales representative with American multinational Pfizer. She had intensive exposure and experience in sales, marketing, financial and cost accounting, human resources, logistics and Sspply Chain management. In 1980, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Pfizer Pte Ltd.
However, her mind had been set to propel into business one day. In 1981, she returned to her family business in Civil Engineering. Together with her husband and co-owner, they took bold steps to refocus and remould the business into a chemical business, developing the successful Wee Hoe Cheng Chemicals Pte Ltd of today. The company has evolved to be a regional wholesaler, importer, regional stocklist and distributor of chemicals and food ingredients and additives from all around the world, with the latest count of 111 global business partners.
The company has its own building, sales and warehousing staff and operations in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, with six business units supplying:
  • Food, beverage and bakery ingredients and additives
  • Consummable food products
  • Pigments and additives for paints, concrete and plastics
  • Magnetic media compounded chemicals and additives
  • CD technology and materials support
  • Specialty newslink

Ms LIM-WEE is currently the co-owner and Marketing Director of:

  • Wee Hoe Cheng Chemicals Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Wee Hoe Cheng Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • PT Lumindo, Indonesia
She travels to USA regularly, on the invitation of the USA Trade Council and the USA Dairy Council to represent our region in panel discussions, one-on-one meetings with manufacturers, exhibitions and technical conferences -- the most recent being the Whey Technical Conference in Chicago, 10-15 September 2005, attended by about 500 researchers and industry leaders from USA, Europe, Russia and Japan.
Ms LIM-WEE has made several contributions to the community, which include the setting up of the Wee Hoe Cheng Bursary Award at Ngee Ann Polytechnic for needy students. She has recently been invited as a guest speaker at the NUS Commencement 2005.
"In a new and difficult business situation, when I take the first step, the next step reveals itself and after many steps, I find a pathway and usually a solution."