Thixomat cancels Shanghai conference
SARS is definitely impacting the molding business-even the magnesium molding business.
Thixomat Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI) has cancelled its annual TXM technical conference, which was scheduled for Shanghai, China October 20-23.
It was to be cohosted by Thixomat and the Chinese Magnesium Assn., whose annual meeting was scheduled for those same dates. The CMA meeting has also been cancelled according to information received by Thixomat.
“We plan to reschedule our China conference hopefully as early as next year,” says Steve LeBeau, Thixomat’s VP.
SARS brings in business for some
Pro QC International North America Inc. (McHenry, IL) is an independent, third-party supplier of global engineering and quality, some of which reduce the need for travel. According to Michael L. Hetzel, VP/Americas, the SARS situation has increased business and defined a shift in service bookings to upfront services in the supply chain process.
“Where we typically were booked into supply chain activities that were already established by client travel and direct negotiations, we now are frequently booked to negotiate and establish the supplier relationships on behalf of our clients while they stay in their offices,” Hetzel says.
Pro QC has 120 employees stationed across Taiwan and China, with offices in Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Shekou (Shenzhen) along with other Asian cities and countries.
“Now many of our clients book our services to conduct negotiations on their behalf and move us directly into the supplier qualification, order placement, source inspection, and project management activities without ever leaving their offices, while demand for our turnkey strategic sourcing services has also greatly increased.”
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