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China Business Experts Roundtable

China Business Experts Roundtable:

Status of US-China Trade and Investment


 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


8:00 – 10:00 am at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce

With trade between Tennessee and China hitting $26.2 billion in 2017 and cumulative Chinese investment into Tennessee reaching $621 million in Q2 2018, Tennessee businesses are integrated with China’s economy now more than ever. As the US and China navigate evolving bilateral relations, Tennessee companies likewise must navigate the changing trade and investment environment.

At this Roundtable, China trade and investment experts from East and Middle Tennessee will be on hand to answer your China business questions and share their expertise in a moderated Q&A environment. This event will be interactive and targeted toward addressing the audience’s needs, so come with questions!

Who Should Attend:  Any staff involved in importing, exporting, international finance, shipping and documentation, management, and/or economic development

Panelists:

Lesley Couch, Principal, Indigo Trade Solutions
Dr. H. M. Hashemian, President,
Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS)
Robert Leach, Director,
Knoxville-US Export Assistance Center, US Department of Commerce
Dr. John Lin, Vice President,
Innovate Group
Rick Walker, Vice President,
V. Alexander

Special Guest Remarks:  Dr. Gretchen Neisler, Vice Provost for International Affairs, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Date & Location:  Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 8:00 – 10:00 am ET
(Registration at 8:00 am; program at 8:15 am; networking reception at 9:30 am)
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, 17 Market Square, #201, Knoxville, TN 37902

Cost:  $25 – Chamber/TNCN Members; $35 – Non-Members
(includes continental breakfast)

Questions?:  ERowland@TNChinaNetwork.org

Register Today (Seating Limited)!:

Click Here to Register


Thank you to our event sponsors for helping make this event possible:

Innovate Pets launched first owned brand: TruKnox

Knox News
Steve Huff talks about his new dog treat factory, Innovate Pets, in Loudon on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Calvin Mattheis, calvin.mattheis@knoxnews.com

It’s not hard to dine local in East Tennessee. Innovate Pets manufacturing plant in Loudon is bringing that same luxury to the area’s dogs.

Innovate Pets launched TruKnox pet treats in March, a product that will be produced in the company’s 40,000 square-foot space.

TruKnox pet treats are made with only natural flavors, with no added grains, corn or soy, and no rawhide. This follows the industry trend, Innovate Pets principal Scott Huff said.

“You have a better educated consumer now than ever before, and you follow the trends just like any other consumer product,” Huff said. “People eat healthier, they’re better educated about what they should eat, and that trend follows into pets. It’s the same stuff.”

While in the development stages, the treats were produced in an Asia. Once production begins in Loudon, the treats will be sold in area stores. They can be purchased online from the development stock.

TruKnox is Innovate Pets’ first self-owned brand. It produces Lil’ Pete cheddar cheese flavored knots and ground cinnamon flavored twists, Moonshine glucosamine treats for senior dogs and Martian Green mint and parsley treats for fresh breath.
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2018 SuperZoo

Innovate Pets showcases new products at the 2018 SuperZoo, the most-attended pet industry trade show in North America,established by the World Pet Association in 1950.Join us in an energizing, fun-filled atmosphere to learn more about us and to shop our products!

NPE2018

Innovate MFG to exhibit at NPE2018 from May 7-May 11, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, USA. NPE is the world’s leading plastics trade show, and is produced and trademarked by the Plastics Industry Association. This year’s show is expected to bring 2,000 exhibitors and 60,000 attendees! Come visit us in Booth #W9326 and see firsthand our innovative solutions!

250T

Here we grow again…

We’ve added three injection molding machines, each with their own 5-axis robot: one 250T, one 320T, and one 380T to expand our capabilities. Additionally, we’ve added a 4-head extrusion blow mold machine for a new product and a new customer.

320T

Here we grow again…

We’ve added three injection molding machines, each with their own 5-axis robot: one 250T, one 320T, and one 380T to expand our capabilities. Additionally, we’ve added a 4-head extrusion blow mold machine for a new product and a new customer.

380T

Here we grow again…

We’ve added three injection molding machines, each with their own 5-axis robot: one 250T, one 320T, and one 380T to expand our capabilities. Additionally, we’ve added a 4-head extrusion blow mold machine for a new product and a new customer.

4-head extrusion blow mold machine

Here we grow again…

We’ve added three injection molding machines, each with their own 5-axis robot: one 250T, one 320T, and one 380T to expand our capabilities. Additionally, we’ve added a 4-head extrusion blow mold machine for a new product and a new customer.

2018 Global Pet Expo

Innovate Pets unveils its TruKnox brand at the 2018 Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show featuring the newest, most innovative pet products on the market.

TODAY@INNOVATE
Innovate Manufacturing proudly announce that our president Mr. Scott Huff has been invited to speak to the Supply Chain Seminar on Thursday Jan-25th at Belmont University in Nashville. As a multinational company, MFG imports a variety of machines and materials from China and export to other regions in the world. It is essential that all inbound and outbound shipments are delivered in time, in budget and in compliance with trade and customs regulations around the world. At innovate, we specialize in one-stop logistic solution for both sea, air and land, full container load and less than container load, import and export shipments between China and the US. With its global footprint across Asia and America, MFG provides manufacturing solutions from conceptual design, prototype, tooling to final production. A rapidly growing business since its inception in 2014, MFG is well qualified to share our great experience and knowledge in managing a supply chain in China for manufacturing. If you are interested in SCM, sign up now and hope to see you there in the seminar!

TODAY@INNOVATE
Oct-19 until Oct-22 was Innovate’s annual excursion and this time we found ourselves in YangShuo, one of the most famous tourist attractions in China. Located near Guilin, a famous tourist city of Guangxi Province, Shangshuo is well known for its unique landscape of hills, rivers and caves, as well as distinct culture of the aboriginal people. For 4 days and 3 nights, 30 of us from the extended family of Innovate explored one of the largest karst caves in the world, watched exotic group dancing by local people, indulged ourselves to the famous local cuisines like beer fish and beer duck, took rafting in crystal creeks and visited the famous 20 RMB note scenic spot in the Li river by boat. At night falls we unleashed ourselves in the West street, famous for its exotic restaurants, bars and taverns and watched the famous Impression Liu San Jie show designed by Zhang YI Mou, one of most famous movie directors in China, what Yangshuo has to offer! The company trip has strengthened our ties to the company and also to our family. Together we made a good team at innovate!

News update:
On the evening of Jan. 26 2018, Innovate China held the annual party. Associates based in Shenzhen office and DongGuan tooling manufacturer gathered together to celebrate coming Chinese New Year. There are some kinds of entertainment facilities in place prior to start of party, such as pool, table football, MaJiang and video games. The party began with wishes from President of Innovate Inc, Mr. Scott Huff, through video connection. After a rich buffet, John Lin, the General Manager, made a presentation in regard to business development footprints throughout past years and general business strategy as well as expectation from top management for 2018. In addition, a raffle activity with various presents as rewards to contribution of associates presided by Marie, the Financial Manager. The successful party will be the proof of individuals effort in last year and the kick-off of brand-new 2018.