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Leaders in their fields

This year's Best Performing Companies winners exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit, leveraging their valued expertise to contribute to nation-building

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Penang-based Island Hospital Sdn Bhd, established in 1997, was a pioneer in uncharted territory. From the get-go, the organisation focused on cutting-edge medical equipment in order to have the best tools at the disposal of its specialists.

REFLECTING the diversity of this year's ACES Award winners, the four organisations honoured in the Best Performing Companies category come from the technology, energy and healthcare sectors.

Harnessing technology

Trends & Technologies Holding, Inc (TTHI) comprises a group of companies addressing the technology requirements of businesses in the Philippines and the region.

The company was established in 1992 in the Philippines and has since been at the forefront of helping usher its clients into the digital future by harnessing the power of technology in the services and solutions it provides. Hasan Fard, chairman and president says:

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"We began 25 years ago with nine employees. Our staff force today is nearly 700, but despite our growth, we feel that we have been able to keep our entrepreneurial spirit burning. We innovate and bring solutions and services that we believe the market requires."

Electrifying success

Laos is the only net exporter of power in the Mekong Region and has been nicknamed the "Battery of Asia," selling power to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. EDL-Generation Company Limited (EDL-Gen) operates as a subsidiary of Electricity Du Laos (EDL), and engages in the generation and wholesale marketing of electricity. It operates 10 hydropower plants with a combined installed capacity of 1.131 megawatts (MW). In 2011, EDL-Gen became the first company to list on the Lao Securities Exchange. This year, EDL-Gen was given its first-ever rating (of BBB+) by Thai Rating and Information Services Co, Ltd.

The company is on track in its long-term strategic plan to become a leading power company that will provide electricity at fair and reasonable prices to Laotians and other Asean nations.

Walking on sunshine

Thai Solar Energy Public Company Limited (TSE) is the first company in South-east Asia to have effectively applied an advanced technology to utilise the sun's radiation and convert it into green energy.

TSE is already in collaboration with several world-renowned energy institutes and specialised energy companies to continuously evaluate its performance in its mission to produce clean renewable energy to fulfil the growing demands in Thailand and the South-east Asian region. Its projects also serve as a vital foundation for a sustainable future for generations to come.

Thailand has a land mass of 500,000 square kilometres. One per cent of the total solar energy output area per year is equal to the energy of 700 million tonnes of oil.

To help and to heal

Starting off as a fresh, passionate, group of specialist consultants, Island Hospital Sdn Bhd dared to pursue new promising ventures in order to provide patients with the best healthcare services and facilities. This Penang-based hospital, established in 1997, was a pioneer in uncharted territory.

From the get-go, the organisation focused on cutting-edge medical equipment in order to have the best tools at the disposal of their specialists. It also made the bold move of expanding into the Indonesian market, even as it built Malaysia's first in-house pathology laboratories. Out-of-the box choices such as these became critical strategic success factors in gaining traction, growth momentum and obtaining cross-border market share.

Island Hospital's innovative approaches have earned the organisation respect and recognition from several important establishments. The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) recognised Island Hospital for treating the highest number of healthcare travellers.