Event Highlights

WEFTEC 2017

In early October 2017, Environmental Technology Team members from across the U.S. and around the globe supported U.S. exhibitors at WEFTEC in Chicago.  The Team led more than 400 international buyer delegates from 20 countries to the show and provided on-site actionable market intelligence and counseling to better position U.S. companies to succeed globally.  We held a number of value-added services designed to connect U.S. exhibitors to international buyers and opportunities. If you were there and missed us, or plan to be there in 2018, please let your local Trade Specialist know so we can help connect you to future opportunities.  

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China Wastewater Treatment Trade Mission

From June 12-16th, 2017, U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary Alan Turley led 7 U.S. wastewater treatment companies on a three-stop mission to China.  The first stop in Beijing began with market briefing by the AmCham manufacturing subcommittee chair and U.S. Embassy team.  The first meeting was with SINOPEC, one of the biggest State Owned Enterprises (SOE) in China. Mission participants introduced themselves to more than two dozen officials from SINOPEC and its various subsidiaries.  

Later China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection hosted a half-day seminar where the trade mission members gave a 15-minute presentation to around 80 Chinese environmental companies, local environmental protection bureaus and research institutes.  The following day the delegation gave similar presentations to 60 Chinese companies at half-day workshop organized by the China Association of Environmental Protection, China’s biggest environmental industry association. Before departing to the next stop in Nanjing, the delegation met with the Beijing Drainage Group, China's largest operator of drain water treatment systems and an important customer of several of the firms on the mission. 

In Nanjing, mission participants had over 40 one-on-one meetings with pre-selected potential buyers and then went on a site visit to water treatment facility.  Companies also received a briefing and reception hosted by the provincial Environmental Protection Bureau. 

During the final leg of the mission in the southern city of Guangzhou, companies participated in a Wastewater Treatment Roundtable Dialogue in Guangzhou, and then a roundtable discussion with end-users in the neighboring city of Shunde.  Some of the members whose focus was on agricultural waste were invited to participate in southern China’s annual Pig Industry Expo, where they introduced their products to a delegation of 15 executives from the top tier pork producers in south China.


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