About Us

Our Group

Our Group was established in Singapore in 1969 by the elderly Mr. Chen. The intention was for the Group to operate as agents for Multinational Corporates in Asia-Pacific in the distribution of chemicals/dyestuffs. The company did very well for itself and soon built a solid brand name.  On the back of such a successful track record, the Group expanded into China under the Billion Miles branding in 1987. This move was timely as it coincided with the liberalization of the Chinese economy.  Our shareholders are among the pioneers in setting up a Foreign Invested Enterprise (“FIE”) in China and comprise natural persons of Canada, China and Singapore.

Today, Billion Miles has expanded from the chemicals/dyestuffs space into provision of Turnkey Power Generation Solutions for midrange power applications upto 1MW. BM Gas and Methanol generating sets are clean-powered by natural gas and methanol.  Co-funded by Singapore government, our engine research capability has jump-started to become a full-fledged natural and methanol engine manufacturing base with focused applications for marine, residential, commercial and industrial sectors in standby/emergency power, continuous or prime power generation.  Given our home ground is in Singapore, we have a strong pan-Asian presence with a growing clientele in others parts of the world looking to meet clean emissions regulations.

Our engine production site is equipped with a world-class test bench that includes AVL exhaust analyzer, Toceil air flow meter, Coriolis flowmeter and others. We are able to independently complete FATs, reliability tests and critical parts developmental tests for approval and other verification purposes as required by our client.  Our generating sets range from 5 – 425kVA,  all driven by our proprietary BM natural gas and methanol engine of bore sizes 98, 110 and 145mm.  All of our generating sets are designed in facilities certified to ISO 9001 and manufactured in facilities certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 9002.



1) 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder industrial spark-ignited engine delivers reliable power, low emissions, and fast response to load change;

2) Ease of operation, the genset is equipped with a Smart ® operating system. Monitors critical engine information, and alert users on faults. Single and 3-phase paralleling available;

3) Optional weather-protective housing and sound attenuation housing(s) are available. Housings come equipped with quiet speakers, the amount of noise level not exceeding 65db within 3m according to ISO 3744;

4) Easily accessed for maintenance through hatch doors on both sides of the canopy;

5) Remote monitoring capability allows the monitor and control of the generator from anywhere. Option to track carbon emissions eligible for carbon credit


Along Shine River, enter into Yangtze River to Shanghai
Coordinates: East longitude 113 degree, north latitude 28 degree
Certification ISO 9001:2008
IS0 14001:2004
OHSAS 18001
Yard size Production facilities situated on over 130,541 sq m of land, 30,000 cubic m of buildings and approximately 2km of shoreline
Berth depth
High tide: 14 - 15m 
Low tide: 7- 8m
Launching pad 200m x 75m
Rubber diaphragm / slipway
Current order book
to date
22 steel barges – ranging from 300 T to 10,000 T
7 containership – ranging from 120 TEU to 500 TEU
11 dry bulk carriers – ranging from 1,000 T to 5,000 T
5 chemical tankers – ranging from 8,000 m3 to 20,000 m3
Staff count 47 including naval architects/project managers, senior mechanical/electrical engineers, welders, riverting workers, locksmith workers
Equipment count
Plasma cutters: 4
Gantry cranes: 3 (125 - 600T)
Welding/cutting/flanging/edge grinding machines: 46
Drying machines: 7
Welding rod attemperator: 4
Classification societies CCS, DNV-GL, NK, LR, BV, ABS



Our Growth Platform

  • Aug 87

    Aug 87 

    Business HQ in Shanghai and manufacturing base in Hunan province. Production facility for textile chemicals of over 2MMT per annum. ISO 9001, ISO 9002 and ISO 14000

  • Jan 99

    Jan 99 

    Long term off-take contracts form International chemical giants including Dow Chemical, Bayer, Nova Nordisk, Tata Chemicals, etc.

Breakthrough to Shipyard

  • Feb 04

    Feb 04 

    Took over Hunan Champion Shipyard. Obtain ISO9001:2008

Winner of Major Contracts

  • Oct 04 to Nov 13

    Oct 04 to Nov 13 

    Subsequent remaining to Hunan Champion Shipbuilding. Upgraded the production facilities and received accreditation from international bodies. Awarded several large contracts from State Owned Enterprises, as well as private clientele from China, Taiwan, Italy, Singapore, France, Indonesia, Middle East etc. 

New Chapter of growth

  • Jun 10

    Jun 10 

    In-house R&D develops alternative fuel for marine engines

  • Jun 11

    Jun 11 

    Owing to the desire to achieve fuel efficiency and cost savings for both our tugs and as well as chemical production plants, in-house R&D crew started to develop alternative fuel for use in daily operations Repeated experiments - goal to attain lower emissions and fuel costs

  • Jul 13

    Jul 13 

    Successfully retrofitted a diesel engine for methanol fuel. Conducted cost and benefit analysis to ensure robust performance

  • Jul 14

    Jul 14 

    Retrofitted a single-cylinder diesel engine for methanol fuel. Applied for international patent 

  • Nov 15

    Nov 15 

    Awarded R&D funding by Singapore Maritime & Port authority


Commercialized Methanol Engine

  • Jan 16

    Jan 16 

    60 kW methanol engine prototype available

  • Mar 16

    Mar 16 

    Commercialized methanol engine available. Commence shipboard trial Tian San Shipping (Largest Harbour Tug Operator in Singapore)

  • Nov 16

    Nov 16 

    400 kW prototype on benchtest

  • Aug 18

    Aug 18 

    World’s first Class-Approved Methanol Engine to run on 100% methanol