With meagre resources, Robert Ou-Young started Anko Food Machine in 1978. More than three decades after his humble beginnings, Ou-Young is the proud owner of a leading multi-ethnic food machine company with two factories on the mainland and more than 200 workers. Anko is the No1 producer of frozen dumpling machines in Taiwan, supplying about 80 per cent of the island's market share. What started as a small dumpling machine factory has grown into a designer and manufacturer of various machines such as for encrusting and for production of shumai, spring rolls and paratha. The company's expertise lies in its localised marketing and customised solutions. From market evaluations and machine design sketches to food machine set-up and testing, Anko delivers a thorough proposal for each client, depending on its requirements. "We start by looking at each country's local flour. From there, we make our own modifications such as changing the recipe of the dough and filling for the local market," Ou-Young says. Anko is the only turnkey project provider capable of performing a full design and providing a ready-to-operate food-processing plant. It is also the biggest ethnic food manufacturer in the world, exporting throughout five continents and more than 107 countries. As a specialised food service equipment manufacturer, Anko maintains its dedication to safety, a high degree of ethics and a solid commitment to customers. While it has big companies such as McCain Foods and Jollibee Foods as its clients, Anko also targets small to medium-sized food factories in Indonesia, the Philippines, the Middle East and other emerging markets in Asia and Central and South Africa. Anko's multiple-function food machines, which cover frozen foods, bakery and a wide variety of local food worldwide, are designed and priced competitively so that small to medium-sized food factories can quickly get their returns.