United U-LI Corporation Berhad (Company No.: 510737-H) or U-LI was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1965 on 11 April 2000 in Malaysia as a private limited company. It was subsequently converted into a public company on 18 April 2000.
The U-LI Group had its humble beginnings back in 1978 when it was founded under the name U-Lee Trading Company. As a "father-son" partnership, it engaged mostly in engineering works and the trading of cable support system. U-Lee Trading Company later began manufacturing cable support systems, albeit on a modest scale. Within 5 years, determination and drive saw its conversion into a private limited company known as United U-LI (M) Sdn Bhd (ULSB).
March 1997 and January 1998 subsequently saw United U-LI Steel Service Centre Sdn Bhd (ULSS) and Cable-Tray Industries (M) Sdn Bhd (CTSB) commencing operations to complement the principal activities of ULSB.
The economic boom in the 1990s provided ULSB a golden opportunity to expand its business portfolio. In 1999, ULSB ventured into manufacturing of integrated ceiling systems to capitalise on the growing demand for integrated ceiling systems. Vast knowledge and experience gained throughout its operations convinced ULSB to venture into the production of steel roof battens in the first quarter of 2002 as it has anticipated a switch from the traditional wooden roof battens to more durable steel roof battens.
On 20 February 2002, the completion of the acquisition of ULSB, ULSS, CTSB and Gabung Mekar Sdn Bhd (GMSB) by U-LI marked the birth of the U-LI Group. This was closely followed by the incorporation of United U-LI Building Material Sdn Bhd (ULBM) on 6 January 2003. U-LI was successfully listed on the Second Board of Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange on 23 April 2002. Two years later, ULSB acquired United U-Li Goodlite Sdn Bhd (ULGSB) which manufactures light fitting systems.