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Posted: April 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Investment Mission Delegation at Yulong Computers/Coolpad - the third largest manufacturer of cell phones.

Business leaders from Santa Clarita returned from their economic trade and investment trip to China this past week.

Organized and led by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Holly Schroeder, CEO and president of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp, along with five other local business leaders, participated in the L.A. County Trade & Investment Mission to Shenzhen China and Hong Kong.

The delegation spent three and a half days in Shenzhen and one and a half days in Hong Kong between April 5 through 13.

The delegation met with individual companies as well as organizations representing businesses interested in expanding into the U.S. market, Schroeder said.

Also the group conducted an Investor Conference with over 40 attendees in conjunction with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

And the delegation participated in a meeting between Supervisor Antonovich and the Mayor of Shenzhen.

In addition to Schroeder, Ken Wiseman from AMS Fulfillment, Randy Wrage from Spirit Holding, Craig Peters from CBRE, Steve Tannehill from Santa Clarita’s Small Business Development Center travelled to China for the trade mission.

Representing the International Student Program, Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine from College of the Canyons rounded out the team.

Prior to leaving on the trip, Schroeder said the point of the trip for local delegates was to meet with companies interested in expanding their global footprint and being able to speak with them about the opportunities in Santa Clarita.

“The SCVEDC also wants to meet with companies looking to expand their operations who might be able to benefit from the Foreign Trade Zone in Santa Clarita,” she said at the time.

Among the companies visited by the delegation, participants went to New World Development Group, a development company that recently purchased the Los Angeles Marriott and the Universal Sheraton; Selen Science and Technology, a provider of contamination control and clean room technology and supplies; Yulong

Computers/Coolpad, China’s third largest manufacturer of cell phones; Stechol Ceramic Craft Development, a producer of fine bone china ; BYD, a technology company that is manufacturing electric buses in the city of Lancaster; Click Technologies, a manufacturer of computer peripherals and power supply; Rehab Robotics, a medical device company and Sugi International, a major manufacturer of footwear.

In addition to the businesses visited, the group also met with organizations such as the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and the Shenzhen Security and Protection Industry Association.

Several high-tech industrial parks that include significant Research & Development operations and incubators were also visited.

The SCVEDC and members of the delegation will continue to work with these companies to pursue business partnerships and foreign direct investment opportunities, Schroeder said.



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