Clonmel Chamber of Commerce hosted representatives from the Chinese embassy to Ireland on Friday last as part of the Chamber’s policy of opening new markets for member companies.
The representatives from the embassy - Ms Zhang Shujing, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor for the Embassy and Mr. Daniel Gao from the Economic and Commercial Office - were given a guided tour of the Bulmers factory in Annerville and then met with the Chamber officials for a working lunch.
The guided tour of the Bulmers factory was facilitated by Mark Hanratty, Group Packaging Development Manager at the company, who is also a director of the Chamber.
The Clonmel-based company is actively working on breaking into the Chinese market and the meeting on Friday was arranged by the Chamber to assist Bulmers.
Following the guided tour the Chamber President Tina Mulhearne and CEO Brian Cleary met with the representatives from the embassy for a working lunch to explore opportunities for Irish companies in the Chinese market. The embassy representatives have agreed to work with the Chamber on an information evening for Clonmel businesses as part of the Chamber’s ‘Doing Business In...’ series.
Chamber President, Tina Mulhearne, said “We were delighted to host Ms Shujing and Mr. Gao. They were very impressed with the range of businesses in the area, from SMEs to multinationals, and they felt that Clonmel was a particularly dynamic town. We were delighted to be able to assist Bulmers in their efforts to break into this market. If they are able to succeed in the Chinese market it will be beneficial to the local economy.”
The trip to Clonmel concluded with the Chamber President making a presentation to the visiting dignitaries.