The Midea Stories


At the recent MARVEX exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, B&I had a one-on-one session with Midea Scott &
English Electronics Sdn Bhd’s President Mr Ng Kong Chin, to learn more about Midea, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electrical home appliances.

B&I: Can you give us a brief overview of Midea and its origins?

Ng Kong Chin: Midea (pronounced mai-dea) was founded by Mr He Xiangjian in 1968. Mr He convinced 23 local residents in his hometown of Shunde (Foshan, Guangdong province, China) to pool together a total of 5,000 yuan (RM3,332) to start a workshop that made plastic bottle caps. Over the years, the company expanded to manufacturing electric fans which were popular in the 1970s, refrigerators, washing machines and microwave ovens, among other products.


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