Governor Daniels concluded business in Shanghai today by meeting prospects from some of China's largest energy companies and visiting with suppliers for Cummins, one of Indiana's most storied manufacturers, before traveling to Hangzhou. There he and members of the Indiana delegation joined government leaders for dinner.
The governor started the day with back-to-back meetings with the leadership of one of China's fastest-growing wind turbine generator manufacturing companies and one of the world's largest battery-makers. Charles Gassenheimer, chairman of Ener1, Bill Marsan from IPL, and Mitch Roob, Indiana Secretary of Commerce, joined the governor for the energy-related meetings.
Following the energy company meetings Daniels met with several suppliers for Cummins, a global engine maker. Just last month Cummins announced that it would expand its Columbus headquarters by 350 professional positions due to strong demand in China and other overseas markets.
The delegation of Hoosiers then traveled by bus to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, Indiana's sister state, where they were hosted for a dinner celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the sister-state relationship by Communist Party of China Provincial Secretary Zhao Hongzhu, the highest-ranking government official in the province and chairman of the Zhejiang Provincial People's Congress, the provincial legislative body.
"Indiana and Zhejiang Province have been family for 23 years but as we see it, the last year has been the most productive and fruitful by far," said Daniels, referring to EnerDel's agreement with Wanxiang to jointly produce battery systems for Wanxiang's existing backlog of customers in China.
During a meeting before dinner, Daniels expressed gratitude to Mr. Zhao for helping to continue growing relations between Indiana and Zhejiang and for the personal gift of the "Daughter's Wine", which the governor received during his 2009 trip. He used the wine in a toast at his daughter's wedding soon after the visit. (A photo of the toast is included today on the mission's website.)
On Thursday the governor will continue his jobs hunting mission in Hangzhou by hosting a second Indiana Business Conference to introduce more business prospects to Indiana. Later in the day, Daniels will meet with Geely Motors and Wanxiang to foster the state's relations with the familiar electric automotive companies.
Photos and an approximate one-minute video of Daniels talking about how encouraged he is about business prospects with Chinese companies may be found on the Asia 2010 website at this link: http://in.gov/gov/asia2010.htm