The Hub will be located in N2 Hall of the Shanghai New International Expo Center, and it will become a gateway for the first Southeast Asian representation.
Explaining the rationale for launching the Business Hug, the trade fair organisers said, "China has long been the country that comes to mind when importers hear the term “manufacturing hub”. And China does still hold some major competitive advantages over its smaller manufacturing counterparts. However, with the imposition of US tariffs against China there has been a slowdown in the commercial relations between the two countries. Several Chinese producers have found a solution in moving a part of their production lines to Southeast Asian countries. This move not only helps them control quality and keep prices as low as before, but it also enables business dealings with their US counterparts as per pre-trade war terms. The most common countries chosen by the Chinese manufacturers in the southeast Asian region are Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam."
Keeping up with the trend, Royal Crystal, one of the leading Vietnamese flooring brands, booked the space a few days after the announcement of the new area. The domestic companies are also lining up for a booth in the Southeast Asian Business Hub. One of the first comers is Tianzhen Flooring. Established in 2003 in Anji city, the company has a long history of export to the US, Europe, Canada, Korea, Japan and Australia. Last year, the company decided to move a part of their production lines to Vietnam and since last month the factory is operational and producing LVT, WPC and SPC flooring.
“Tariffs have resulted in manufacturing being shifted to countries in Southeast Asia, mostly through Asian manufactures expanding into different countries,” says Thomas Baert, president of Firmfit and CFL Flooring. “Uncertainty will not disappear anytime soon, even if certain 301 tariffs have recently been rescinded. Our target is to be able to continue to provide flexible solutions that are above geopolitical risks.” Earlier this year, CFL also moved some of its production lines to Vietnam.
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