Improving the quality of life by helping people see better through the use of its innovative products is Alcon’s mission.

And this has been a prime motivating factor for Mr Kelvin Wong (above), who has been a production manager at Alcon Singapore Manufacturing for two years.

He says: “Alcon’s talented and qualified associates have been delivering quality products to improve eye care for more than 65 years.

“Generations of associates have had one vision in mind: to be the most trusted leader in eye care.”

“Many Alcon associates have family members, friends or colleagues for whom the Alcon mission has been sight-changing, or maybe even life-changing.

“Hence, each of us consider those people, and sometimes ourselves, potential users of our eye-care solutions.”

Alcon is one of the world’s leaders in eye care with operations in 75 countries.

The company manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, surgical equipment and devices, contact lenses and other vision-care products with plans to invest approximately US$4 billion (S$5.1 billion) in research and development over the next five years.

Improving eye care in Asia

As sales of pharmaceuticals for the treatment of eye diseases have been growing rapidly in Asian markets, Alcon established its first pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the Asian region.

The new 330,000 sq ft facility is being constructed in Singapore’s Tuas Biomedical Park and is expected to be completed sometime next year. Once ready, it will hire more than 150 employees.

The new plant will primarily manufacture sight-saving pharmaceutical products for Asian markets.

It will also enable the company to meet the eye-care needs of patients and health-care professionals across Asia more effectively with treatments for eye infections, eye inflammation, dry eyes and glaucoma.

Mr Wong says his main responsibility is to manage the production operation and cost control to meet the company’s aggressive sales goals and corporate objectives.

At the same time, he also ensures that its production processes adhere to its safety, health and environment programme.

Mr Wong, who holds an honours degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from the University of South Australia, has had the opportunity to train in Alcon’s overseas plants such as in Belgium and at Alcon’s United States headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

“During these training periods, not only did I gain the core competency to fulfil my responsibilities, I also had the opportunity to expose myself to different cultures and build up a strong business network,” he recalls.

The father of three also had the support of his company to pursue his Master of Business Administration (MBA) studies despite his busy work schedule.

“With the full support of the organisation, I just completed my MBA (University of Nottingham) and I am now waiting for my results.

“The support and commitment of my team members and the strong encouragement from my management keep me going,” he says.

His job satisfaction also comes from seeing how his efforts translate into products that meet the eye care needs of patients.

With the right mindset and commitment to succeed from the team and management, nothing is insurmountable, he says.

“I would strongly encourage those who are interested in the eye-care business to join the industry.”