It's no secret that doing business with China has long since become imperative to a company's success. As the experienced know, however, merely cultivating a relationship is not a guarantee of success. In order to truly benefit from the international connection, the importance of the cultural differences between the United States and China must be carefully attended to.
Jack Perkowski, the founder and CEO of automotive company ASIMCO Technologies, and Colin Wu, chairman and CEO of China Business Sources, will deliver keynote speeches at the 2006 National Manufacturing Week Conference, focusing on crucial aspects of U.S.-China relationships.
Perkowski spent 20 years on Wall Street and then founded ASIMCO in China. It's currently hailed as one of the most successful Western-owned manufacturing businesses in China. He'll offer his personal perspective of and experiences doing business in China, along with what he thinks awaits Western businesses wishing to take advantage of the Chinese market. He'll also offer his take on the stability and future of the Chinese market in his keynote, "China: Opportunities and Challenges."
Wu's keynote, "What's Behind Chinese Competitiveness," will focus on the importance of cultivating shared interests, while continuing to search for a more-expansive common ground. He'll touch on such relevant themes as a study of Chinese cost factors and its competitiveness, cost factors in the social and political system, personal/cultural qualities of Chinese people, the U.S.'s competitive future in the worldwide market, cooperation with China to better utilize a country's competitive standing, maintaining uniqueness and trade protectionism. Wu acts as a facilitator in moving small- and medium-sized U.S. companies to explore Chinese markets for their products and services, and locates qualified suppliers to meet their sourcing needs.