July 28, 2016
Proteco owner Josh Gadischke will be taking part in a ground-breaking trade mission to Shanghai in October.
The trip, organised by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE), will take representatives from more than 200 Darling Downs and South Burnett businesses to China.
The businesses will taking part in a five-day trade mission to seek new opportunities in one of the world’s biggest markets.
Proteco already exports products to China but Josh believes the Kingaroy-based company can expand its existing trade ties through the trip.
The mission will fly out from Wellcamp Airport on a Qantas jet.
It will be the first international passenger flight to leave the new airport.
TSBE CEO Ben Lyons said the trade delegation would be a major milestone for the business community.
“The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement provides Australian business with many opportunities,” he said.
“We have put together a program utilising our extensive networks in Shanghai and China more broadly, with meetings and site visits, to give businesses an in-depth view and understanding of the opportunities.”
The delegation will provide access to some of China’s most renowned companies and facilitate tailored business matching opportunities between Australian and Chinese companies.
Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said the project represented a fantastic opportunity for the region to further build its relationship with China.
“We are seeing economic possibilities open up for our region that we would never have dreamed of 20 years ago,” he said.
Wagners chairman John Wagner said any company considering doing business with China should be part of the delegation.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network with like-minded people who regularly deal with China,” he said.
“TSBE has strong business connections in Shanghai and Beijing and I think this is a fantastic opportunity to access key players in the world’s biggest economic powerhouse.”
Seats are still available on the trip, and more details can be found on the internet.