Yixing Transportation Industry Group and Haider Group, both based in China, visited Derby at the end of January to meet with local businesses and explore collaboration possibilities.

Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Chris Poulter, chaired the meeting at the Council House on Monday 28th January to welcome the delegation, along with Cabinet member for Governance and Licensing, Councillor Mick Barker, and Head of Economic Growth, Alan Smith. Representatives from Marketing Derby and the University of Derby also attended the meeting.

After the meeting, Yixing Transportation and Haider Group visited local businesses, TrainFX Ltd and VRCO Ltd, as well as the purpose-built innovation and technology park, iHub.

Both companies were looking into opportunities in electric vehicle related technology, and to gain further understanding in clean energy sectors. Yixing Transportation and Haider Group both planned to set up their office in Derby for further liaison.

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby City Council, said:

“As UK’s leading technology city, Derby is a centre of innovation, engineering and trade. One third of all East Midlands engineering/manufacturing workforce (45,000 employees) are employed by Derby companies. These links will strengthen our relationships with businesses in China and worldwide.”

Councillor Baggy Shanker visited Yixing in January and met with both companies and gave them a presentation about Derby and the city’s innovation past and future.

Wei Huang, General Manager of Yixing Transportation Group said:

“This visit provided us with an opportunity to know more about Derby. The business-friendly environment and innovation DNA of the city make Derby our first choice for starting business in UK. We will set up our office in Derby as soon as possible for future collaboration.”

Shiqin Yang, Director Of Haider Group added:

“I am impressed by Derby’s electric vehicle strategy, which shows the city’s ambition in EV revolution. We have had very fruitful discussions with local businesses and I am expecting further co-operation with them.”

This visit marks the commitment to business and innovation Derby has with China.