Chinese companies busy as demand surges in Japan

16:12, April 30, 2011      

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Export from some northeast China provinces are surging to feed Japan's hunger for food and raw materials as the country is recovering from a quake and nuclear crisis.

Wang Jijie, manager of Qingdao Sungree Food Co., Ltd. in east China's Shandong Province, has racked his brain to find more hands to expand production.

"I've already added over 50 workers, but the factory is still short-handed. The amount of orders are at least 30 percent more than that of last year," said Wang, whose company exports frozen vegetables to Japan.

Wang's factory has been running round-the-clock as workers are working in shifts. Still, Wang said it would be almost impossible to deliver on schedule.

Exports of textiles, farm products and mechanical equipments to Japan are also on the rise in Shandong.

The province's export to Japan leaped from 81.6 million U.S. dollars in February to 1.58 billion U.S. dollars in March, up 54.2 percent year on year.

Some food producers in northeast China are also overwhelmed by swarming orders from Japan as more Japanese consumers switch to imported food out of radiation concerns after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was crippled by quake-triggered tsunami on March 11.

Orders for the pickles of Seiwa, a food company in Dalian City of northeast China's Liaoning Province, jumped 50 percent to 32 tonnes after the earthquake.
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