DCBA June Newsletter 2017

Qinchuan Machine Tool Visit Nexteer Automotive
On June 1st, Mr. Long Xingyuan, the Chairman of Qinchuan Machine Tool & Tool Group Share Co., Ltd., along with Mr. Zhang Tianshi and Mr. Li Rongqiang, the General Manager and Secretary of the subsidiary company Hanjiang Tool LLC, respectively, visited the headquarter of Nexteer Automotive located in Pontiac, Michigan. The Executive Director of Nexteer Automotive Guilherme Pizzato and the President of Detroit Chinese Business Association Gao Bonian participated in the meeting.


Qinchuan Machine Tool Group LLC, relocated to Baoji, Shanxi province from Shanghai in 1965, is the leading company in machine tool manufacturing industry in China. The company has formed six main industry groups, which includes: precision CNC machine tools, plastic machinery, environmental protection and new materials, hydraulics and auto parts, precision special gear drives, precision machine tool castings, as well as mid to high-end special machine tool CNC systems, CNC machine tool maintenance and services. The company possesses core technologies, including gear grinder, cylindrical grinders, high speed gear hobbing machines, composite gear cutting tools, broaching process and equipment. The company has the ability to provide users with solutions and complete set of equipment from blueprints to workpieces. The company has formed its unique product positioning advantages "Precision, Composite, Special, and Large", and it has entered the mid to high-end industrial chain of global precision machine tools. In 2002, Qinchuan Machine Tool purchased a local machine company in Ypsilanti, and began to build close cooperation and coordination with Michigan.
Nexteer Automotive is a global supplier of steering systems and relevant advanced technologies. The company, one of the top-tier auto parts suppliers in the world, designs, manufactures, and sells electric power steering, hydraulic power steering, steering columns, and driveline systems for over 60 car manufacturers. The company has over 6,000 employees and over 60 clients. It also has 22 manufacturing bases, 6 engineering centers and 14 customer service centers. The business is primarily geared towards North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
Oakland County & Taizhou City Strong Partners -
 Advancing Economics
On June 15th, The Mayor of Taizhou city of Jiangsu Province, Shi Lijun, and the mayor of Jingjiang city, Ye Donghua, and the mayor of Gaogang district, Sun Hongjian, along with the heads of departments visited the metro Detroit are in Michigan. As the organizer of this event, Detroit Chinese Business Association arranged the tour for the guests from Taizhou around Oakland county government and companies, and learned about the local advanced manufacturing industry and the cooperation between local enterprises. In the evening, the grand Oakland County & Taizhou City strong partners - advancing economics event was held at the Marriot Hotel in Troy.
DCBA invited the deputy executive of Oakland County, Mr. Matthew Gibb, the mayor of Troy City, Dane Slater, the mayor of Madison Heights, Brian Hartwell and over one hundred of celebrities and medias to attend the event. The Director of DCBA, Gao Bonian, hosted the reception meeting and expressed warm welcome to all guests. Afterwards, Matthew Gibb said that he felt so excited and honoured to meet the guests from Taizhou government and introduced the advantages and key industries of Oakland. He also expressed his expectation to reach a win-win situation through further cooperate in automotive, medical and IT area.
The mayor of Taizhou, Shi Lijun expressed sincere appreciation to the warm reception of Oakland County and hope to establish a long-term relationship with Oakland county and DCBA to enhance the communication between the governments and civil, improve the cooperation in medical health, business trade, academic research and tourism area so that both cities can develop together and benefit from each other. The audience then had further knowledge about the business investment and living environment of Taizhou city by watching the advertising video of Taizhou. Mayor Shi invited guests from all fields to visit and explore Taizhou, find investment opportunities and enhance friendship as well as cooperation.
Back to 2015, representatives from Oakland County visited Taizhou on a friendly basis. In 2016, representatives from Taizhou paid a visit to Oakland County and signed a memo for Friendly Cooperation between two cities.
Last but not least, DCBA and representatives from Taizhou made a donation to Institute of Arts in Detroit to support the Asian Collection coming in November next year. They also appeal to all Chinese groups and individuals to contribute to the build of Chinese community.
Pre-Alibaba Gateway'17 Mixer
DCBA Co-hosted an Opportunity Detroit Tour of Downtown Detroit & Pre-Alibaba Gateway'17 Mixer at the Iconic Whitney Restaurant, event was supported by The DSO, Alibaba Gateway'17 team, and Liebler Group Communications. Alibaba Gateway'17 team appreciated the support from DCBA for the Gateway'17 event.


Alibaba holds US conference to woo small businesses
By Amy He in New York | chinadaily.com.cn 
When Alibaba's Jack Ma met with US President Donald Trump in January, he said he would create a million jobs in the US, and he'll be making his first move to fulfill that pledge in Detroit.
Alibaba's Gateway'17 conference on Tuesday and Wednesday is pitched as a way to get small and medium-sized American businesses to sign onto Alibaba's various e-commerce platforms, like Taobao and Tmall. Ma gave a keynote address on Wednesday to an expected audience of more than three thousand entrepreneurs to learn how to succeed in China through Alibaba.
"The Chinese market presents tremendous opportunities for US small businesses and farmers to grow their businesses, and in turn, create more US jobs," Ma said in a letter announcing the conference in April.
"At Alibaba, we want to help you take advantage of this appetite for consumption through our e-commerce marketplaces," he said. The event will be held in Detroit because it is "home to some of America's greatest ingenuity and innovation", Ma added.
Ma previously said that he hopes that the percentage of Alibaba's business outside of China will increase from 2 percent to roughly 40 percent. Cross-border transactions grew 10-fold between 2010 and 2014, an increase from $2 billion to $20 billion.
Alibaba has focused on big US corporations like Costco and Gerber selling on its e-commerce sites, but it has increasingly sought small and medium-sized businesses that don't have as big of a reach, but have established followings.
This year's conference, which Alibaba says it plans to host annually, will feature Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Martha Stewart and David Abney, chairman and CEO of UPS.
"UPS is encouraging US companies to take advantage of tremendous export growth opportunities," Abney said in a statement to China Daily about the conference.
"Our message is: China is a market that can deliver growth, if companies partner with experienced leaders that can help with product visibility, like Alibaba marketplaces, and product delivery with help from UPS," he said.
UPS has been aggressively pursuing the Chinese market as e-commerce activity continues to soar. The Atlanta-based logistics giant announced a joint venture with SF Holding, China's largest delivery service, in June to provide international delivery services from China to the US.
The Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA), which fosters trade relations between Chinese and American businesses, has been helping to promote and market the conference with its members and other companies looking to do business in China.
"Alibaba as a platform is perfect for job creation in the US," said Brian Gao, president of the DCBA.
"Small and medium-sized businesses have no way of competing with big corporations overseas because the cost of entry can be so high, but Alibaba essentially breaks down that barrier by providing a platform for those businesses and helping standardize those transactions," he said.
The conference spotlights several small businesses in the US that are using Alibaba platforms to draw in Chinese customers, including the Washington Apple Commission, LuckyVitamin and OtterBox.
The Washington Apple Commission promoted its supplies of American apples on Alibaba last year through a one-hour live broadcast on Tmall, and drew about $275,000 in sales volume.
Upcoming Events--
The 22nd DCBA Golf Outing on September 18th
The 22nd annual International DCBA Golf Outing will be open on Monday September 18th 2017 @ Indianwood Golf and Country Club Lake Orion, MI.
The DCBA is proud to announce a special presentation by DCBA Advisory Board Member & Oakland County Deputy Executive, Matthew Gibb.


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Job Opportunity Announcement--
Business Coordinator/Translator (Mandarin)


Nexteer is seeking a Business Coordinator/Translator (Mandarin) for our Auburn Hills MI location.  The candidate must have strong English and Mandarin verbal, reading and written skills.  Reporting directly to the Sr. VP Global COO, the Business Coordinator provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Business Coordinator also serves as a liaison to senior management teams; organizes and coordinates business assignments; and oversees special projects. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The Business Coordinator will have the ability to work independently on projects, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.
This is an exempt position.
This position is located in Auburn Hills, MI

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