UK based Filtermist International has recently cemented its commitment to supporting oil mist filter sales in China by moving in to new offices in Shanghai.
The newly renovated space is centrally located in the Jing’an district, offering a number of benefits for Filtermist and its co-located sister company, Absolent AB, thanks to its close proximity to the Shanghai Metro which provides easy access to the national rail network and both of Shanghai’s airports.
China’s booming manufacturing sector and problems with poor air quality mean the country offers enormous potential for Filtermist, whose oil mist collectors are used to clean the air in a wide range of industrial workplaces.
Filtermist International Managing Director, James Stansfield, says, “We decided to locate in Shanghai to help grow business in all regions of China. Whilst Shanghai itself is home to a significant manufacturing industry, there are a number of less well-known industrial sectors that offer opportunities for Filtermist in almost all regions of the country.
“The transport links near to the new office make the rest of China far more accessible.”
The latest ‘Doing Business in China’ report, produced in association with the China-Britain Business Council and the UKTI, states ‘…traditionally, China has provided low-cost manufacturing solutions for the global market, but exports declined sharply after the global downturn and China’s manufacturing industry has responded by quickly moving up the value chain.
‘The Chinese Government is pressing hard to improve infrastructure and social welfare…’
Chinese sales of Filtermist oil mist collector units have mirrored this view by rapidly increasing over the past few years to place China as one of Filtermist’s largest export markets.
This trend resulted in the appointment of dedicated Business Development Manager, Carl Yu, earlier this year. As well as developing new business in China, Carl also supports Filtermist’s long-term Chinese distributor En-Creative based in Beijing.
Carl says, “En-Creative has achieved a huge amount in China and as more and more manufacturers are recognising the importance of protecting their workers from contaminated air, demand is continuing to grow.
“Shanghai has always been a thriving industrial area thanks to its port and is now home to a significant number of automotive manufacturers - including the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), the current owner of MG based at the Longbridge site located not too far away from Filtermist in the UK.”
The 65m2 Shanghai office is managed by Absolent China Manager Mary Li and has been refurbished to the same high standard as Absolent’s Beijing office - offering a perfect working environment for Filtermist and Absolent’s Chinese employees, as well as plenty of hot desk space for overseas visitors.
Carl concludes, “The new office space ensures Filtermist is presented to customers as a professional, modern advanced manufacturing company and provides space for us to grow in to as our business in China expands even further.”
Find out more by visiting Filtermist’s dedicated Chinese website, www.filtermist.cn.