Birmingham, UK-Software developer Delcam has opened new offices in Wenzhou and Chongqing to meet the growing demand for its software in the country. Delcam also said in its announcement of the new offices that it achieved record monthly sales in December 2006 and is planning further growth this year.
Wenzhou, on the coast in Zhejiang Province, about half-way between Shanghai and Hong Kong, is "a major centre for the country's footwear industry," said Delcam, adding that, more recently, the region "has seen considerable growth in other areas of manufacturing."
"The Wenzhou office will enable us to provide better support to our customers in the region, in particular those in the footwear industry," said Delcam's business development manager for greater China, Joe Zhou, in a company statement. "With the recent addition of the Crispin range of software to our existing set of programs for shoe design and manufacture, we are expecting to see considerable growth in our business from this sector."
Meanwhile, Chongqing, on the Yangtze river, is "the traditional hub for trade in western China" and one of the fastest-growing urban centres in the world, said Delcam. The automotive industry is the main sector in the region, with aerospace and other heavy industries also strongly represented.
"Chongqing also offers many opportunities for our software since we already support many of the leading automotive manufacturers in China," said Zhou, adding, "We expect to see particular growth in our business with the region's mouldmakers and other tooling manufacturers."
And since the region around Wenzhou "is also seeing more general growth in manufacturing, "more new business opportunities," may arise, added Zhou. The new office will also cut travelling time for staff from Shanghai and Hong Kong, "giving them more time to support their more local customers," Zhou explained.
Delcam also has a head office in Beijing, and regional centres in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Xi'an. In addition, the CADCAM software firm has joint ventures in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and has resellers in Beijing, Chang Chun and Guangzhou.
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