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Family firms look to world future (3)

By Yu Ran in Shanghai (China Daily)

08:15, January 08, 2013

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"Many young family members who were born in the 1970s or 1980s, had an overseas education, have different characteristics and enjoyed a comfortable life, unlike their parents," said Yu Mingyang, a professor at the China Enterprise Development Institute of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Jin Feipeng, for example, a 32-year-old Wenzhou-born son of the founder of Shanghai Jiuding Clock Co, transformed the family company from a basic manufacturer into a top brand in the world clock industry after taking over the business seven years ago.

Having graduated from Thames Valley University, London, Jin appears to have been born with a business mind, selling DVDs at weekend markets in London just one-month after he arrived at the age of 17.

Jin returned to China and took over his father's 10-year old clock company in 2005, when Jiuding was just an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for clock replacements and clocks owned by international brands.

After working in the family company for more than two years, Jin realized that being an OEM was not the best future for the company so he dropped most of the OEM orders and started building Jiuding into a brand that could manufacture high-end clocks for the domestic market in 2008.

"I've successfully enabled 85 percent of our products to meet demand in the domestic market. Jiuding as a Chinese brand has now stepped on to the world stage, selling to the United States, Germany and certain Asian countries," said Jin.

Jiuding clocks feature original German mechanical movements combined with superior quality clock components in a solid wooden casing with a unique finish in a choice of colors.

Jiuding has more than 200 selling venues in China. It merged with a German clock brand as an acquisition and has legal ownership of brands from the US, Germany and Japan in the China market.

"My goal is to develop Jiuding from a single brand into a multi-branded company and from a manufacturing-based enterprise into a trading as well as service concentrated enterprise. Then I want to open an individual clock store of Jiuding products. That's my dream," said Jin.

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