Starting with a humble
beginning, Mr. Abdul Wahid learnt from early in his life to constantly
work hard and to strive for the best and in doing so he has made his way
up against all odds. His life is checkered with successes in all fields
he entered by constantly striving to achieve excellence in areas where
the status quo dictated otherwise.
Having been associated in many
fields including exports of Pakistani handicrafts to all over the world,
he aspired to bring positive name of his beloved country Pakistan in
each country in which he operated his business. To meet this end Mr.
Abdul Wahid literally left landmarks behind in the shape of exact
replicas of the world famous and historical Mughal architecture and
gardens and named each of them Pakistan Garden.
Some of the countries where
such landmarks were built include Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea,
Japan and China. Many of these structures were gifted by him to the
governments of the various countries on the condition that the name
Pakistan remains inscribed on them forever. To date millions of
foreigners have visited these marvelous structures and have experienced
first hand the true face of Pakistan with all its warmth and hospitality
that is an essential part of our unique culture.
Having been educated at Punjab
University and later on attaining a fellowship from the U.K. in
Materials Management. He encourages people to attain the best possible
education, even if it requires going abroad. However, to him studying at
a foreign university is not essential to attaining success in business
and he points to his own successes as ample evidence of the same. Mr.
Abdul Wahid is a firm believer that, contrary to the popular belief,
Pakistan is indeed the land of opportunity with some of the most
brightest, talented and gifted people of the world having been groomed
in the country.
After continuing to serve the
Pakistani interests selflessly all over the world, Mr. Abdul Wahid
thought it was time to serve the Pakistani people living within the
homeland. Keeping in view the red hot automobile sector in Pakistan
which is marred with unprecedented shortages and late deliveries in the
face of extremely high demand, Mr. Wahid decided to enter the automobile
business with a view of improving the dismal situation being faced by
With this aim in mind, he first
embarked upon creating the professional and dynamic team in the
automobile sector of Pakistan. He then short listed strong global
automobile companies all over the world and in which the Chery
Automobile Co. Ltd of China came on top. Chery Automobile Co. Ltd of
China is one of the fastest growing automobile manufacturing concerns in
China. Its product range encompasses the 800 cc, 1100 cc, 1600 cc, 2,000
cc and SUV automobiles. The company has its own cutting edge research
and design facility where designers from the top European design houses
such as Pininfarina and Lotus which are constantly striving to make the
best automobiles in the world. The Chery automobile company is also one
of the biggest state owned and semi-privately owned company of China.
The company's headquarters and production facilities are located in the
city of Wuhu, China. Its total area spans 13 million square meters and
has an annual production capacity of 400,000 engines and 300,000
completely built up vehicles.
Interestingly, some of
Pakistan's leading industrial names, which included some giants of the
local automobile industry, were also vying for a collaboration in
Pakistan with the Chery company. However, after long discussions, hectic
negotiations and a thorough evaluation by the Chery Automobile Co. Ltd
which involved several visits to Pakistan by the top management of the
Chery automobile Co. Ltd, Mr. Abdul Wahid once again defied all odds and
after an extensive selection process, his company, the Pakistan Chery
Automobile Company (Pvt) Ltd, was appointed the sole distributor, agent
and progressive manufacturer of all Chery brand of automobiles in the
geographical territory of Pakistan.
Mr. Abdul Wahid laments that
Pakistan is the only country in the world where customers pay 100% of
the price of the car upfront and still have to wait for several months
to get delivery of their cars. He is fully geared to eliminate this
anomaly from the local market. When asked about how he intends on
accomplishing this task, Mr. Abdul Wahid candidly quips that he will
"ensure that Pakistan Chery Automobile (Pvt) Ltd becomes the number
one company in the auto-sector of Pakistan by providing the best quality
vehicles to the consumers in the shortest amount of time and at the
lowest cost". To meet this end, he has introduced in Pakistan the
most advanced, fully loaded vehicles of the highest quality in the
compact car segment namely the Chery 'QQ'. This car ranked number 'One'
in the globally prestigious and independent J.D.Powers and Associates
IQS study for the year 2004 for compact automobiles in Asia. Despite its
highest quality, Mr. Abdul Wahid made sure that he offered it to the
consumers at the most competitive price of Rs. 489,000/- only with many
luxury and safety features as standard which are not even available in
the ultra luxury vehicles of the world.
Shortly after signing of
cooperation documents with the Chery Automobile Co. Ltd of China, Mr.
Abdul Wahid quickly established one of the fastest growing network of 3S
dealers in Pakistan to market, sell and to provide exceptional service
to customers that are associated with the Chery brand of automobiles.
Spare parts were imported in ample quantities to give the most superior
after sales support to the Chery customers. Initially, the 800 cc Chery
'QQ' car is being introduced, however the entire line of the Chery
branded cars is set to be incrementally introduced in Pakistan. These
include a 1600 cc luxury Sedan, a 1900 cc diesel luxury saloon and a
Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).
The first major shipment of the
Chery QQ cars arrived in Pakistan towards the end of September 2005 and
they were all sold out within a record period of time.
Mr. Abdul Wahid is not
satisfied with simply importing and marketing the Chery cars in
Pakistan. He is working to implement his plan to progressively start
manufacturing the Chery brand of automobiles in Pakistan and to meet
with this end he has set the goal for his company to be the first in
Pakistan to achieve 100% deletion levels. In this regard, Pakistan Chery
Automobile (Pvt) Ltd is in advance stages of setting up a CKD assembly
plant, on a joint venture basis with the Chery Automobile Co. Ltd of
China, which would later be upgraded to Pakistan's first full-fledged
autonomous automobile manufacturing unit that would be used as a
springboard for exports of Chery cars to all over the world. The scope
of this project is to the tune of forty million US dollars and will
provide direct and indirect employment and world class training to
thousands of Pakistani citizens.
Many skeptics have repeatedly
stated to Mr. Abdul Wahid on numerous occasions that entering into a
market with such large sized incumbent players, who have strong
oligopolistic powers, was an impossible dream. To his skeptics he always
states his golden principle which has been, by the Grace of Allah, the
key to all of his continued successes: "The only way to discover
the limits of the possible is to go, with hard work, sincerity and
dedication, beyond them into the impossible. It is then that it is
discovered that the impossible is simply the untried." These are
truly golden words indeed and we wish Mr. Abdul Wahid all the success in
continuing to make the impossible possible and to continue to bring to
Pakistan a good name on a global level.
To learn more about the company
and its products, kindly visit their website at: http://www.pakchery.com)