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Santa Clarita may prove attractive to international companies

Posted: June 1, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Click Technology building in the ShenZhen, Guangdong province of China, as posted on Click's website.

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When Samsung opened its research and development audio lab this year, it was the first known Korean-based company to locate an operation in Santa Clarita.

But more international companies could find that the Santa Clarita Valley suits both their business and quality-of-life needs as they look for locations to establish a presence in the U.S. market.

Among the many companies the local delegation recently met with while on its trade trip to China in April with Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich — one will shortly be touring the Santa Clarita on June 9.

A representative who works with the Shenzhen, China-based company Click Technology Company Ltd. will be in the U.S. for a trade show and is planning to visit and tour Santa Clarita while in the United States, said Holly Schroeder, president and CEO of the SCV Economic Development Corporation.

Established in 2004, the company makes power and magnetic components of all size and scale to supply something as small as an adapter to something as large as to provide industrial power supply solutions.

Based on information supplied on Click Technology’s website, the company exports 70 percent of its products to Europe, America, Australia, South America, Asia and other regions. It also claims to have 200 R&D people and to work on some 3,000 projects per year, gaining patents for many.

Click Technology does not yet have a U.S. operation, according to its website.

“Their visit to Santa Clarita is so very preliminary,” Schroeder said. “They’re just beginning to explore entry into the U.S. market, and it’s unknown when or if they will open an operation in the U.S.”

Each of the companies the delegation met with while in China does have significant global sales yet only a limited U.S. operations presence at this time.

With a worldwide customer base, having a U.S. operation sales and customer service would provide access to more of Click’s customers, Schroeder said.

“I’ve followed up with Click Technology since the trip to China and invited them to visit when they would already be here for a pre-planned trip,” she said. “We feel pleased they’re coming to visit.”

While on the trip, a surprising aspect the delegates learned was that while business people in China and Hong Kong were interested in U.S. cities that would be a good fit for their companies economically, they were also looking for a good fit for their families, said one delegate. The quality of life that the SCV offers as a community was equally important to them.

Click isn’t the only company looking at the Santa Clarita region either.

“A Korean biomedical company has set up an initial office locally that they’re using as a base while they explore expanding into the U.S. market,” said Pete Bellas, dean, economic development for COC.

As for now, the EDC is happy to give any interested international company a tour of the valley.

The EDC will introduce the Click representative to the SCV and explain what the region has to offer in terms of the quality of life, business, educational and training opportunities, commercial properties, and resources available to them through the EDC and community college, Schroder said.

“The EDC offers an entire business eco-system,” she said.


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