DONGGUAN, CHINA (KLTV / KTRE) – Forty years after China’s reform and opening up to the world began, Dongguan, located along the Pearl River Delta, has become one of the centers of most important manufacturing in the country.
The tenth largest city in the country is home to more than 30,000 companies, many of which focus on manufacturing electrical machinery, clothing, shoes, toys and furniture. These industries have raised the import and export volume of the city to the fifth largest nationwide.
Presenting himself as a “pioneer” in China’s economic reform and opening-up, Donngguan cites its rapid development from a traditional agricultural county to an international manufacturing center. This focus led to an 18% GDP growth rate from 1978 to 2011, according to figures provided by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province.
More than 12,000 companies in Dongguan are foreign-invested, totaling $ 71 billion in foreign investment, according to the city. Dupont, Phillips and Samsung have invested in more than 80 projects in Dongguan.
As the largest ceramic tile manufacturer and distributor in China, Wonderful Ceramic Co. Ltd. and its Marco Polo brand depend heavily on foreign trade. Company officials say US exports account for 40 percent of their business.
Wonderful Group operates other production bases in Qingyuan, Fengcheng, Rongchang, opened a $ 150 million ceramic tile factory in Lebanon, Tennessee in 2016. The Tennessee facility operates as a wholly owned subsidiary under the name “American Wonder Porcelain”.
A spokesperson said the ongoing trade war between the United States and China was having an impact on operations due to major shipping lines cutting back on their trans-Pacific lines.
Showcasing its products and showcasing the history of ceramics in China, Wonderful Group opened the China Architecture Ceramics Museum in 2006
The three-story facility includes exhibition halls containing examples of common techniques used in Chinese art and pottery, as well as the process of making architectural ceramics.
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