Gwinnett Chamber economic development leaders recently conducted their 2010 global business mission to China and Korea. Nearly 20 business delegates accompanied Gwinnett Chamber leaders over the course of 10 days as each sought opportunities for global expansion and foreign direct investment. The mission included international tradeshows, one-on-one meetings, and several opportunities for initial connections that would spur future growth and development. Most importantly, though, were the accomplishments realized while on this business mission to the rising super power of the East.
Here are a few highlights and achievements coming out of our two weeks in China:
Hisense Corporation, the largest manufacturer and distributor of electronics in China, hosted our delegation atop its 25-floor headquarters facility in Qingdao and announced at the dinner its intent to establish and expand a research and development component to its already solid North American headquarters presence in Gwinnett County. The R&D expansion will comprise an additional 7,000 square feet of real estate, initially, and is expected to deliver more high-wage jobs to the region with a promise for continued and rapid growth in the future.
As the ties between Gwinnett and China continue to grow, Self Electronics Corporation (out of Ningbo, China) announced its intent to add three more positions to its sales force. The expansion will mean two to three new jobs during 2010, with more coming later if the company”s business continues to grow. The company is in the process of purchasing a 7,500-square-foot building on an acre at 4500 Peachtree Lakes Drive in Duluth.