About the Company:
30 years ago, APRO commenced business in Singapore as a premier manpower guarding security business owned by 2 multinational giants. It was 51% owned by Inchcape Bhd and 49% by TEAB Security Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swedish Telecom.
APRO was sold to Bobby and Geok in a Management Buyout in 1991 and 2008. bThe departure of Inchcape and the Swedes left no significant impact as Inchcape Bhd and Securitas AB, which bought out TEAB in 1998, had essentially been financial investors in APRO.
Today, APRO is a 100% Singaporean owned and Singaporean managed full service Security Company. Obviously, we have inherited best practices in Operations and Human Resource Management from 2 progressive international organisations. We are now even better able to deliver our services effectively with the intimate knowledge we have of our local culture.
Founder / Director:
Established in 1985, APRO, a family-owned business, operates with a long-term horizon, prioritizing the well-being of the business and its stakeholders over short-term profits.
Now under second-generation leadership, the commitment to long-term sustainability continues to guide decision-making despite the challenges of the modern operating environment. For Xiaowen, a deliberate focus on reducing APRO’s environmental footprint reflects the manifestation of a long-term outlook under his leadership. Despite the high financial and operational costs associated with fleet electrification, APRO is dedicated to converting its fleet of 40 vehicles from diesel to electric and has already achieved 25% of this target within two years.
As an SME, it can be challenging to forego immediate profitability and economic sustainability. However, Xiaowen believes in embracing a broader set of stakeholders—employees, the environment, and the community—which he believes will ultimately translate into a sustainable competitive advantage over the long term.