The Vermont Chamber of Commerce was joined by four of its manufacturing members in an economic summit with China’s Consulate General on November 23. Meeting at the Vermont Chamber office in Berlin, Consulate General delegates and Vermont Chamber members talked about their current operations in China and expanding business opportunities there. ‘These are Vermont companies with Vermont values that are growing their businesses by building a stronger partnership with China,’ said Chamber President Betsy Bishop. ‘The Vermont Chamber set up this meeting with the Consulate General so these companies can be connected to the economic and government leadership of China.’ Among the Chinese delegates attending was Counsel General Sun Guoxiang, a veteran diplomat and official representative of the Chinese government tasked with facilitating trade between the United States and China. Often referred to as Ambassador Sun, he has held similar posts in Turkey, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Sun holds ‘plenipotentiary’ rights, meaning he has been designated full authority to speak on behalf of President Hu Jintao. Participating in the meeting were Biotek Instruments of Winooski; North Hartland Tool of North Hartland; Country Home Products of Vergennes and SB Electronics of Barre. With a combined 600-plus jobs in Vermont and more in China, these four businesses are shining examples of Vermont’s economic potential, Bishop said. ‘The Vermont brand is known worldwide when it comes to foods and crafts, but it is equally impressive when it comes to manufacturing,’ Bishop added. ‘The Vermont Chamber uses its connections to help Vermont companies build partnerships and promote their products and services wherever they do business.’ The Vermont Chamber has maintained business relationships in China for over 15 years and has an office in Shanghai with staff to help Vermont businesses navigate the China market. With the recently awarded State Trade Export and Promotion grant from the Small Business Association, the Vermont Chamber will expand this effort to help small businesses reach global markets. Manufacturers’ Information· BioTek Instruments makes microplate-based instrumentation for the health care, pharmaceutical, agricultural and research industries. Employing 258 employees in Vermont, BioTek has 11 employees in its offices in Beijing and Shanghai. They also have staff in India, Singapore, and Korea; now employing an additional 21 people across the Asia Pacific region. Contact: Adam Alpert, Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)· Country Home Products manufactures lawn and garden equipment under the DR® and Neuton® brands. Employs over 200 in Vermont and operates a joint-venture based in Shanghai, China that employs four people. Contact: Joe Perrotto, CEO, Jperrotto@DRpower.com(link sends e-mail)· North Hartland Tool produces tooling, fixturing and gauging for the aviation, automotive and power generation industries, and also microdrills holes to diameters of .0016’. They employ 61 people in West Barnet and North Hartland and 27 in other states. In 2009, the company began manufacturing in Nanchang, China and has 11 employees there, which has enabled them to grow their business in Vermont. Contact: John Mullen, President, email@example.com(link sends e-mail)· SB Electronics develops and manufactures film capacitor products for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, military/aerospace, medical equipment and power supplies/laser uses. The company employees 74 people in Vermont and two employees in their Xiamen, China office. Contact: Ed Sawyer, President and CEO, Edward@sbelectronics.com(link sends e-mail) About the Vermont Chamber of CommerceThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, nonprofit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life. Learn more at www.VTchamber.com(link is external).
Mikko Mursula Ilmarinen has hired the chief executive of FIM Group, Mikko Mursula, as its new CIO, following the promotion of Timo Ritakallio.Mursula will join the €30bn pensions mutual no later than June next year, stepping into the role four months after Ritakallio is set to succeed Harri Sailas as chief executive and president of Ilmarinen.Commenting on the appointment, Ritakallio said: “Mikko Mursula has extensive and diverse experience of the investment markets, the ability to lead a demanding expert organisation, and he is well networked in both the Finnish and international capital markets.” Mursula is no stranger to Ilmarinen, having worked at the pension provider for a decade prior to joining FIM Asset Management in late 2010.He was promoted to chief executive of FIM Group in September 2013, three years after leaving the mutual to become managing director at FIM Asset Management.With a total of 20 years of experience in the investment management industry, Mursula initially joined Ilmarinen as equity portfolio manager in 2000.In early 2003, he was promoted to head of equities, overseeing a team of seven in charge of a €7bn portfolio. In 2007, he was then promoted to head of listed securities at Ilmarinen, a role he held until he joined FIM.He began his career at KPMG in 1992, working at AG Private Bankers and Opstock Securities.For more on Mikko Mursula, explore IPE’s archive of interviews
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a trip to Bendigo last week, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine took time out to get up, close and personal with some heavenly Greek bodies. Dr Napthine visited Bendigo Art Gallery to attend a preview of its latest exhibition The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece – an exhibition which features more than 100 treasures from the British Museum’s world famous Greek and Roman collections, and explores the human body as seen through ancient Greek eyes.Speaking at the show’s preview, the Premier said: “I urge people from the length and breadth of Australia to come along and see the exhibition. It’s absolutely breathtaking”.Dr Napthine went on describe the show as a major coup for Victoria’s fourth most populated city.Particularly taken with one exhibit – the Discobolus statue; an iconic marble of a discus thrower from the second century AD, the Premier said that he was “blown away” by the show, which features over 100 historical works.The exhibition traces how Greek artists experimented – for more than 2000 years – with representing the human body; from abstract simplicity to the full-blown realism of the age of Alexander the Great. Bendigo Art Gallery Director Karen Quinlan told Neos Kosmos that the Premier had been a long-standing supporter of the project:“We were delighted to hear the opening remarks of the Hon. Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria [at] our thank-you event.“He was particularly keen to see the sculpture of the discus thrower, and keenly absorbed the curatorial descriptions presented to him by Dr Ian Jenkins from the British Museum.”Dr Jenkins – who is responsible for the ancient Greek collection at the British Museum – curated The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece with assistant curator Victoria Turner.Touring venues in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Bendigo Art Gallery is the only Australian venue to host the exhibition.