Uckfield-based business TR Fastenings is strengthening its trade links with China and has hosted a visit by the chairman of the China Fastener Industry Association.
Mr Feng Jin Yao was accompanied by Mr Jinyao Wu, Mr Shen Jia Hua and Ella Leung, editor of China Fastener magazine.
Mr Feng Jim Yao was taken on a tour of TR’s manufacturing plant in Uckfield which produces more than 750,000 components a week. He saw the company’s 20,000 square footage of warehouse and distribution space.
TR – the trading business arm of Trifast plc – is one of the world’s top producers and distributors of industrial components and plays a key role as an industry innovator and ambassador.
The Chinese visit was hosted by Trifast CEO Jim Barker and was seen as an ideal opportunity to discuss current global trade issues in the fastener sector.
China is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of fasteners, exporting more than $700 million dollars’ worth in 2015. The China Fastener Industry Association was formed in 1984 and plays a crucial role in the governance of this vast industry.
Mr Fen Jin Yao said: “We were honoured to be invited by Jim Barker to visit TR Fastenings and would like to thank him and his team for the opportunity to learn more about manufacturing high-quality products and the latest trends in fastener technology.
“TR is a globally important presence in the industry and we look forward to developing our friendship and trade links between our two countries.”
Jim Barker said: “It was a great privilege to host our ‘old friend’ Mr Feng and his colleagues. TR Fastenings has two manufacturing plants in China and we are keen to do more business with Chinese fastener manufacturers in the future.
“The visit was an excellent oppportunity to talk about international trade and how it is essential that the fastener industry works together globally for its mutual benefit.”
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