EXPANDING software business WANdisco has launched a new subsidiary in Sheffield’s Chinese twin city of Chengdu.
The Sheffield and Silicon Valley-based business has joined global IT giants like IBM, Apple, Cisco, NOKIA, Canon, HP, Xerox, Microsoft and Dell in Chengdu.
WANdisco is setting up what is knows as a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise, or WFOE, in the city – a limited liability corporation, which is based in China, but run and funded by foreign nationals.
The move follows WANdisco’s success in securing premier Chinese smartphone and communications provider Huawei as a customer last year.
WANdisco says the new Chengdu office will handle sales, training, consultancy and 24/7 customer support for products sold into China and support its existing sales office in Beijing.
The firm says it will also continue to expand sales and support offices in Shanghai and other key locations.
“We view China as an emerging and high growth market for WANdisco,” said Sheffield-born chief executive David Richards.
“Having secured our first sale in China with Huawei, it was a natural progression to establish our Chengdu office as a WFOE and concentrate our efforts here, given so many companies have operations in the country. We are excited about this announcement and look forward to the growth opportunities this brings.”
Chengdu is ranked as one of the most important economic, transportation and communication centres in Western China.