China energy expo attracts worldwide attention

08:23, September 19, 2010      

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Over the last three days, companies and government officials from China and abroad have converged in Taiyuan, the capitial of coal-rich Shanxi Province, to share ideas and expand business in the country's new energy sector amid energy and environmental concerns.

The three-day China (Taiyuan) International Energy Industry Expo, which concluded Saturday, attracted 627 enterprises and government delegations from 18 countries and regions, including GE, ABB, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

They exhibited their technologies, products, and looked for cooperation in the areas of coal and coal-bed methane, power generation and transmission, petroleum and natural gas, together with new energy and renewable sources.

Among them were 17 coal machine manufacturers from Nordrhein-Westfalen of Germany.

Klaus Stockmann, deputy director of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) Mining Equipment Association, said China had replaced the United States as the second largest export destination of Germany-made mining machinery in 2009 with a value of 233 million euros, only after Russia with 274 million euros.

"We have noticed that China is stepping up consolidation of coal enterprises, which is an opportunity for us," Klaus Stockman said, adding he expected stronger business in China.

The growing market of China's coal machinery has also prompted some VDMA members to plan factories in China, as they said exports could no longer meet China's market demand.

Maschinenfabrik HESE, one of the leading manufacturers of bulk conveying technology, has seen rising sales since its products' entry into the Chinese market five years ago. Specific figures were not provided.

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