"You need to rally and motivate people…and look after them." Definitely, no man is an island and one requires the encouragement and support of others to make it far in life.

Jimmy Koh

Antara Koh Pte Ltd

Antara Koh Pte Ltd was established in 1974 and operates as a specialist contractor in land and marine piling, civil engineering and marine structure construction. This includes infrastructure such as jetties, bridges and harbours. As Singapore relies heavily on her port industry, Antara Koh’s services have proven to be significant in managing the maritime landscape for the country. In addition, they have expanded into overseas markets and have established their name in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and even in the United Arab Emirates.

Mr Jimmy Koh is the Managing Director of Antara Koh Pte Ltd and he maintains that the company must uphold their high standards at all times. This is in line with their company motto of “Think, Discuss and Organize. Do It Right The First Time.”. Furthermore, he greatly values the communication between people and prioritises maintaining a good working relationship with his employees. The company is also proactive in improving their technology and resources in order to stay competitive and provide their customers with the best service.

Having taken over the company from his father, it has not been easy for Mr Koh as he had to struggle through many different challenges before the company could stabilize. For example, there was a lot of competition when he first started. The company also had to deal with inadequate resources, finances, machinery and manpower. Mr Koh believes that the key to overcoming these challenges was to attract good people to work with him and who supported his vision in the company. As quoted from him, “you need to rally and motivate people… and look after them.” Definitely, no man is an island and one requires the encouragement and support of others to make it far in life.

The values that Mr Koh holds closest to him are that of focus, tenacity and the stubbornness to never give up. To him, the process of being close to failure and yet bouncing back is one of the greatest satisfactions in his life. He enjoys overcoming adverse situations and treasures such learning experiences. Certainly, the success of Antara Koh Pte Ltd is a testament to Mr Koh’s unyielding spirit. He serves as an inspiration for others to continue striving for success even in difficult circumstances.

Antara Koh Pte Ltd has won several awards over the years, such as the bizSAFE Enterprise Exemplary Award 2015, BCA Construction Excellence Award 2011 and BCA Construction Productivity Award 2011.


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