By appointment - a new Chinese connection

Forging economic links: Chungdu's Mayor, Ge Honglin, left, Mr Qui and Sheffield Forgemasters' chief executive Dr Graham Honeyman.

Forging economic links: Chungdu's Mayor, Ge Honglin, left, Mr Qui and Sheffield Forgemasters' chief executive Dr Graham Honeyman.

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SHEFFIELD has been forging closer economic links with its Chinese sister city, Chengdu, one of the most important economic centers in Western China.

Chengdu’s mayor, Ge Honglin, and a delegation from the city have been visiting Sheffield as part of a drive to open up economic opportunities.

Mayor Ge said: “Sheffield is a Sister City to Chengdu and I have kept up with a lot of the exciting things happening here.

“Sheffield has been very successful in transforming itself.

“We have had a lot of recent exchanges that have paved the way for the future and hope that products from Sheffield businesses will be sold in Chengdu and the whole of China.”

The delegation visited Forgemasters’ Brightside Lane plant at Mayor Ge’s request and was show around its heavy forge and north machine shop by Forgemasters’ chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman.

Dr Honeyman said: “We were pleased the Mayor of Chengdu chose to visit Brightside Lane and see the work of Forgemasters at first hand.

“This company’s activities in Chinese markets span several decades and now more than a third of our products are supplied to China. In excess of £50m-worth of Forgemasters’ sales over the last five years alone have been to China.”

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