Having working experienced in several different industries throughout his career, from IT to logistics and retail – Dato’ Ivan Lim the founder of Ori Bionature Sdn Bhd has found the supplement and cosmetic OEM products manufacturing the most fascinating. He saw the value of the supplements can improve a person’s quality of life. It serves as one of the biggest motivations he has for his job. “This is one of the things that drives me. I have great reliance in my company and I know the products can sell in the market.”
A humble beginning
Dato’ Ivan Lim was born and raised in a financially destitute family, based on a small village in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. His childhood wasn’t as fun as other kids – it was merely sacrificing and surviving. As the youngest sibling of 9, he had to give up of his childhood dreams due to the family’s financial problem. “We had money, but it’s just enough to live, nothing more. When your family is big, everyone needs to sacrifice” he said.
Despite growing up in a low income family, he was fortunate to further his studies in United Kingdom, taking Information Technology course. From that day, he had the calling to narrate a different side of his story – he wanted to transform his family’s life, to a better one.
After graduating, he worked in an IT company for a decade. IT has always been his passion and he loved working in the IT industry. “Even though I had a stable job, I still desire to make more money. I did a lot of side jobs, previously. I have worked in logistics, e-commerce business, retail, you name it. However, these side job never lasted and I did not find gratification from it.”
Ori Bionature, love at first sight
Until one day, he came across a new product called supplement. Due to his curiosity, he spent time doing research to know more about supplement and the potential prospect even though the industries are less aware of it. His researches had shown that supplement will be a trend for the next 10 years and it has a huge potential to grow and become a high-demand product in the market.
Located in Puchong, Ori Bionature Sdn Bhd, is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specialised in food and health products including cosmetic products; offers dietary supplements to cosmetics. As a pioneer in the OEM industry, Ori Bionature Sdn. Bhd. has a dedicated in-house research team and extensive experience to help to create potential new products for customers across the world especially Southeast Asia. Since its establishment, Ori Bionature has grown in 68 countries with 2000 customers and production capacity are capable to produce up to 60 million boxes supplements per annum.
Dato’ Ivan Lim said the business has been operating and expanding tremendously with his business approach. “What makes us different is we take our customers seriously. At ORB, we give free consultations and we coach them on how to do marketing from A-to-Z, for free. That what makes us sustainable in the industry with a long list of repeating customers,” adding that Nutri6 is their new in-house brand.
Ori Bionature’s credibility is further proven with the high profit accumulated each year. In 2018, they accumulated RM50mil and are targeting to double the figure by 2019. We were amazed by how he revamped the factory thanks to his outstanding background in IT. The whole building is guarded by a top-notch security system and he shared that he spent million dollars in renovating the whole premise.
“If you can see in my office, we don’t have a physical switch to turn on or off electricity. Everything is controlled by using a mobile phone. In fact, I can even monitor all my other factories just by using my phone.”
An idea of success
For Dato’ Ivan Lim, he has achieved everything in his life through his successful business empire. But, he is not stopping there. He took out his phone and showed us his latest software creation and WargaBiz are lucky to be the first to witness the prototype.
“Currently, I’m working on to create an e-wallet app that allows users to interact with people. It is an integrated app that houses a few functions. Users can also book e-hailing using the app,” adding that they’re testing it and will share with the public once they have launched it.
With his experience and business knowledge, Dato’ Ivan Lim thinks this is the right time for him to give back to the community. He would like to help other people to generate income easily through OEM and IT. “We have created an in-house app and we aim to create as many millionaires as we could. This app will give you the full access of all our potential clients together with a solid marketing strategy. Everything is prepared for you, you just need to do the work. I believe this will be a new business plan for the future. It will be officially launch in January 2020,” he ended.