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Corporate Training Session with International Futures

In May we signed a corporate training contract with Business English specialists International Futures based in the PRD, www.international-futures.com, the first lesson that our first team of students learnt was Negotiation Techniques.

The staff commented that they learnt a lot and as you can see from the photos they all had fun. We’ll be continuing the training sessions in the future to continually improve our staff in more skills to help you get the best out of your China Manufacturing and China Sourcing through C2W.

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Steve McCulley, LIOS Bikes

Quick news clip about an ex-Royal Marine Steve McCulley, friend of our Chairman Nick Cunningham. China 2 West has helped Steve find some component suppliers and manufacturers in China.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcVOjLROtsM

Much respect and good luck with LIOS Bikes Steve.

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Kachal goes VIP to the Shanghai F1 Grand Prix

Kachal Zheng Shanghai F1

In April, in association with DHL, we sent one of our project engineers Kachal Zheng on a 5 Star VIP F1 Grand Prix weekend to Shanghai. This is her report from the amazing trip:

“From the date of Apr 18th to 20th, 2014, I was very honoured to be the only person selected as China 2 West representative and also the only one to represent our logistics company DHL Zhuhai region to watch the F1 held in Shanghai International Circuit.

I got very good treatment by living in a five star Shangri-la Hotel where I could see the fantastic view especially at night of the river sight and the Oriental Pearl Tower! Not because it was who I was, but because I was a staff of China 2 West, a fast growing international manufacturing agency that DHL is seeking the chance to do deeper business with and thus treat us as top VIP!

It was a lifetime opportunity for me to watch the most popular, exciting, worldwide game at the scene. All the 12-hour strip to the autodrome deserved the 1.5 hours racing moment. I was given the best position right on the same level as the starting and finishing line which gave me a very good view to see those amazing cars and their drivers from the world.

Although the engine sound was not as loud as before ever since upgraded into the 1.6L V6 turbo engine, it was still the loudest one in racing field. Surrounded by over 100,000 audience, however, with the engine started, I could only hear my heart bits rhythmically following the melody of the engine sounds. Seemed like the whole world stopped for 5 seconds before the heaviest storm came, and so it did. . .

My favourite Mercedes-AMG guy, Hamilton, had absolute advantage of running first which didn’t leave us much interest focusing on him racing with nobody but to break his own records. However, his team mate, Rosberg, after a slow start from the 4th and some small accidents, ranking in 7th, lack of telemetry, still held on with his patience to achieve catching up and surpassing his competitors ahead of him one by one until going to the 2nd! Each perfect surpassing led to huge screaming and applauses.

IMG_2987We know there’s great danger and risk in car racing. The racers know it better. However, no one can stop this game from becoming the most famous one in the world and no one can stop the racers or they will never stop racing in their whole lives as when the moment comes that they surpass their competitors or themselves, screaming, applauses and achievement is so worthwhile.

Take it another way, what’s it difference with our lives? Isn’t our whole lives also fighting for a nicer environment, better life and greater success, and moreover to have the courage to conquer danger and risks ? No matter how difficult the work would be, no matter how long the way would last, and no matter the result is good or bad? We can find all the answers on the way.

Here I am now fighting my way working in China 2 West. Great platform has been provided to me. The only thing I need to do now is to start the engine will full power on, racing, not to surpass others, but to find my way to surpass myself. . .”

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Team Building Rafting Trip to Tai Shan

Recently the China 2 West Quality Control, Engineering and Sourcing teams enjoyed a fun day of rafting in the rocky hills of Tai Shan.

The day commenced with a bus containing around 30 of the C2W crew travelling to a resort where they were treated to an early lunch of; Cured Meat, Turtle soup (for the adventurous few), Taro with Dried Fish among other delicacies.

Manufacturing in China is sometimes fun!

After lunch and once energies were restored, a brief bus journey was taken to the edge of a jungle the team had to make their way through to reach the rafts. An assortment of obstacles had to be traversed along the way, which included ladders, ropes and wires.

Manufacturing in China is sometimes fun!Manufacturing in China is sometimes fun!Manufacturing in China is sometimes fun!

Once they reached the rafts, the team geared up with suitable protection for the rafting. For the journey some had previously acquired various water based weaponry, some had not, and some improvised with available materials such as water bottles etc.

Manufacturing in China is sometimes fun!Manufacturing in China is sometimes fun!Manufacturing in China is sometimes fun!

They were then joined by a couple of other parties of people, and once all were in their respective rafts, the 6 kilometer rapid journey began.

The first section of the rapids was surprisingly, almost worryingly, fast. Luckily there was plenty of trained staff at hand to make sure that no one came to any harm.

Manufacturing in China is sometimes fun!

The rest of the raft ride consisted of 40 minutes of plateaus where the scenic beauty could be observed and taken in, followed by drops in which the speed changed at once, filled with jumps and turns.

On returning, the crew members then made their way back to the bus, and eventually with all present the bus left for the China 2 West offices, journeys end.

Manufacturing in China is sometimes fun!

Manufacturing in China is always an entertaining enterprise, but this was a change of pace that was enjoyed by all.

Ruary Hewson,
Project Engineer

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North Korea (D.P.R.K.) Visit

North Korea, the future after Manufacturing in China becomes too expensive?

North Korea, the future after Manufacturing in China becomes too expensive?

In early October I embarked upon a once in a lifetime trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

Not knowing anything about the country before I entered my mind was full of interest, excitement and nerves. The only nervous part of the trip however, was immigration on the train on the way into the country from China, the carriage was locked down for 2 hours, nobody allowed on or off except customs officials and guards, none of them spoke English or Chinese. My tour guides had been on the train from Beijing (in a different carriage!) and so here I was, alone in my compartment with 3 North Korean tourists who had been on a shopping trip to China. The DPRK customs officials were loud, strict, shouted, but after everything was sorted, bag was searched and my passport cleared immigration we were off into the unknown.

The rest of the trip from thereon-out  was an extremely interesting, fun, and a mind opening experience. Yes our tour group was obviously not taken everywhere and we (mostly) went to designated tourist sections, but as we had a great group and our western tour guides were trusted by the DPRK tour guides we did have some free roaming, time and space to interact with locals, and did more than the usual tour groups do. In fact another tour operator’s group staying in the same hotel in Pyongyang as us didn’t get to do a lot of what we did.

Rather than write an essay on the details here I would just say that I highly recommend a trip to the DPRK for everybody. It is extremely interesting and you will enjoy it.

It was also very interesting to me from a business perspective as it is quite obvious on my first visit and to the western tour guides (12 and 6 visits each) that Kim Jong Un is trying to develop and move the country forward the best way he can. It is only a matter of time before the country opens up more and hopefully reunification with South Korea can finally occur.

Foreigners are allowed to open companies in the DPRK and make profit, there are already a few of these – a lot Swedish. There are currently restrictions on what industries and sectors can be entered into but over the years this will expand.

Manufacturing in China is becoming more expensive annually with RMB appreciation, labour cost increases and local inflation. Quality Control in China is still heavily needed and our company is focusing on this heavily into the future (please check out our new QC company www.quality2west.com) but for a new low cost manufacturing base the DPRK is very interesting.

I for one will definitely be keeping a close eye on developments in the Korean Peninsula over the coming years. There are risks, but if you are willing to take these then the rewards could be very desirable indeed.

Mark Clayton
Chief Financial Officer
C2W Group

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