In 1985 at the same time Yin Lin was starting Techtop, Joe Kelly was building his business from the basement of his Mississauga, Ontario home. A regional wholesaler that brought US products to the Canadian market, Maple Leaf Drives (MLD) enjoyed significant growth until the early 2000s when the US corporations it represented expanded north of the border. Facing a shrinking product list, Joe began searching for a like-minded business he could connect with. He found that connection with Techtop.
It was a natural partnership: Both are family-owned, both value knowledge, integrity, and clarity, and both were born from a passion, vision and drive to create something better. In four short years, Techtop shifted its role from primary supplier to part-owner of MLD, purchasing a 50% stake in the business.
"...good business relationships rely on the power of personal connections, and that individual contributions, together with a conviction to do what’s right, form the foundation of [our] company."
In 2013, MLD changed its name to Techtop Canada Inc. and each year has been better than the last.
Everyone at Techtop Canada understands that openness and unity are key to creating a dynamic and ethical work environment, where passion is greater than profit, and ethics trump ego. To them, the old saying “Business is business, it’s not personal” doesn’t ring true. They believe that good business relationships rely on the power of personal connections, and that individual contributions, together with a conviction to do what’s right, form the foundation of their company. At Techtop Canada, business is personal.
It’s 1985—Nintendo makes its American debut, Michael Jordan is named Rookie of the Year and, on the southeast coast of China, Yin Lin, a new father and Operations Manager at a local motor company, builds his first motor in the loft of his home in an effort to pay off his son’s medical bills.What started as a modest way to supplement his family’s income has grown into a global enterprise and a leader in the electric motor market.
Now headquartered in Shanghai and still a family - owned company, Techtop has thrived under the same principles that guided Lin over three decades ago: an uncompromising commitment to quality, innovation, value, and perseverance. It’s performance, not cost, that drives their manufacturing, and it’s this old - fashioned approach, combined with modern ingenuity, that has made Techtop one of the largest exporters in China, and the world’s premier aluminum motor manufacturer.
Together with its partners in the USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, Germany, the UK, Holland, Dubai, Singapore and Australia, Techtop continues to challenge the industry and keep the competition on its toes with higher standards, thoughtful design, feature - rich products, and knowledgeable service.
With a humble origin behind them and a bright future ahead, their story makes two things clear:
You can’t keep a good idea down,
and you can’t top a Techtop.