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Qingdao secures $100 million order for local enterprise

(chinadaily.com.cn) | 2020-02-13

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Workers on duty at a mobile phone manufacturer in Chengyang district, Qingdao. [Photo/qingdaonews.com]

Workers at a company in Chengyang district, Qingdao were rushing out an order for mobile phone products on the morning of Feb 12, with two production lines running at full speed.

The order, worth about $100 million, was secured by the Chengyang district government and Xiazhuang subdistrict office, a local official said.

The company is a joint venture between Inspur Group, a leading domestic big data service provider based in Jinan, Shandong province and South Korean electronics super house LG.

The company is mainly engaged in the production and manufacturing of smart phones. With products exported to more than 20 countries and regions, it is among the largest foreign trade enterprises in Qingdao.

The company was due to resume production on Jan 29 to ensure the order for mobile phones in February could be completed on time. But the sudden outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia completely prevented this from happening.

As the epidemic poses challenges to logistics, supply and manufacturing operations, the company initially wanted to shift the order to its South-East Asia plant.

After becoming aware of the situation, the head of the Xiazhuang subdistrict office talked with the company's manger and introduced Qingdao's policies and measures supporting enterprises that want to resume operation and production. A special working team from the Chengyang district government also offered support and assistance.

After learning that the enterprise was short of masks, Xiazhuang subdistrict office helped it acquire 5,000.

As its supporting enterprises are all located in Chengyang district, Xiazhuang subdistrict office also helped to negotiate a date on which to resume operations and ensure the timely delivery of the phone products.

The Chengyang district government and Xiazhuang subdistrict office also helped the enterprises safeguard the health of their employees and prevent any workplace contagion.

"Qingdao has launched many policies and measures to help local enterprises resume operation and production in a safe and orderly manner," said Luo Wanli, deputy general manager of the joint venture.

"The Chengyang district government and Xiazhuang subdistrict office have strengthened our confidence in overcoming the epidemic and stabilizing production."