A delegation from Derby and Derbyshire is attending The World Manufacturing Convention this week in Hefei, China - a significant national-level event (20-23 September) at which the UK is the first ever Country of Honour and over 100,000 delegates will visit each day.
The theme of the Convention is 'Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creativity -Embracing the New Era of Manufacturing', and covers not only manufacturing and engineering but also the support services needed for a business to thrive in China.
Derby and Derbyshire will be featured on the UK stand at the Convention, and Bondholders Derby City Council, the University of Derby, East Midlands Chamber and Bloc Digital will be in attendance alongside Marketing Derby, Derbyshire County Council and other local businesses.
Held in Derby's twin city, Hefei in Anhui Province, which is twinned with the county of Derbyshire, the Convention offers a unique platform for businesses and civic partners.
Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin says "The World Manufacturing Convention offers Derby and Derbyshire a significant platform to showcase itself as the UK Capital for Innovation, with some of our best businesses taking the stand to explore opportunities in China. The sheer scale of the event will be eye-opening and we expect to make some useful new contacts and further existing relationships on the mission."
UK Minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strateg, and a sizeable senior business delegation is attending the event which expects over 100,000 visitors each day over 4 days, 4000+ participants and 400-plus exhibiting companies.
The Convention will feature 19 forums and panel discussions to explore the future development of industry in areas such as smart manufacturing, artificial intelligence and integrated circuit smart homes.
To foster deeper international cooperation during the Convention, the organising committee will hold a number of match-making events. In 2018, this led to over 430 signed projects in sectors such as digital information, new energy, automobiles and biomedical engineering, among other with a total value of $70 billion (dollars) in new investment raised.
Marketing Derby will be hosting its first Embassy event in China following the Convention with more news on this in an eshot next week.