The main purpose of this trip was to check out our chuck manufacturing and associated products. Many products for woodworking companies are now made in China,some are very good ,others are not so good.
I flew form Brisbane to Hong Kong then flew to Qingdao in Northern China, a very beautiful city with some major German settlement in the early 1900's, this is evident in the older part of Qingdao , with church's houses etc built in european design.
Once I arrived in Qingdao it was straight to business visiting factories in the afternoon then having dinner with sales managers. As most people know I just love the asian food and always try to sample as much local food and drinks as possible. Qingdao is very famous for its beer ,the brand is Tsingdao Beer
Day 3 we visited about 8 factories making mainly small woodworking machinery which we sell, here is a pic of the production line of the MC900 ,this run was for a few well known european brands. We do not sell this particular model, but it was interesting to see the production line and the volume of the orders.
Chisel Mortisers (left) Router Table (right)