After more than 15 hours travelling Vince and I finally made it to Fukuoka City, the home town of our Japanese partner, JHT.
Mr Koichi Iwasaru, President of JHT, kindly met us at the airport and took us to a local, automated Raman noodle restaurant - a great way to recover from the trials and tribulations of travelling. That evening we were joined by Koichi-san and his wife for dinner at a French/Japanese fusion restaurant. Food as a work of art, it was almost too beautiful to eat.
The trip was not all about food and on Saturday we had a full day of discussions. JHT explained how they promote and sell the Linkam products and the great emphasis they place on customer support. It was interesting to meet some of the JHT team and get a better understanding of the Japanese market and customer requirements.
I am sure I will be back again and we are looking forward to welcoming JHT when they visit us in the UK in the near future
It seemed like no sooner had we landed than we were off again. This time heading to Beijing to visit our Chinese partner, ADC. Mr Jerry Young, Managing Director, kindly provided the transport to the hotel.
The next day started with meeting the team at their office near the Beijing Olympic park. It’s great to see the ever expanding team, now six people, dedicated to providing the best possible customer support for Linkam products in China. Merry Weng Yan and her team gave an interesting overview of the Chinese market. After lunch we went to their new laboratory where ADC offer testing and evaluation as well as technical support and repair facility.
Apart from the productive meetings and the fantastic food there were also a few hours to take in some of the sights of Beijing.