Chinese Chamber Member Named 2013 Ohio Exporter of the Year

Kevin Kahn Exporter of the Year
Kevin Kahn, president of K2 Industrial Controls, sits with his award May 29 during a Small Business Association dinner.

SBA Honors K2 Industrial Controls at Awards Dinner May 29

Kevin Kahn is not your ordinary, everyday American entrepreneur.

He grew up in New York, studied international politics and economics at Middlebury College in Vermont, and majored in East Asian studies at the University of Washington. He also has an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Oh and he loves to talk about hockey.

Mr. Kahn is the president of K2 Industrial Controls, a wholesale valve and fitting distributor based in Cincinnati, but operating mostly in China. In fact, K2 operates in eight cities in China. The company’s core business is exporting American-made valves and fittings to China for use mostly in the oil and gas industry.

According to their web site, K2 is “dedicated to partnering with small and medium sized manufacturers with commercially viable industrial technologies helping them enter into and successfully develop business in some of the most lucrative yet complicated markets in the world.”

As far as complicated and lucrative markets go, China tops the list. Nevertheless, that is the market where Mr. Kahn and his team thrive.

It’s really no wonder that K2 was named Ohio Exporter of 2013. We’re glad to have them as a Gold member and even happier to have Mr. Kahn on our board of directors.

Click here to see K2’s LinkedIn page and to connect with the company’s president.

Save the Date: June 18 China Consumer Trends Talk

“Changing China”

Chinese Consumer Trends Talk

Richard Cant, Dezan Shira’s regional director for central China, will fly into Cincinnati to share information on China’s changing economy. Trends have shown that the country is moving from a export-based, manufacturing economy to a service-based, consumer market.

Mark your calendars for June 18. Save the date and click here to register now.

When: 
Wednesday, June 18, from 8 am to 10 am
What: 
Breakfast, Networking and China Briefing
Where: 
TechSolve, 6705 Steger Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237

 

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Merx 2014: The China Panelists Introduction

Earlier this year, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce approached many of the area’s international non-governmental organizations — Chinese Chamber included — to participate in an international trade summit called Merx.

According to a NKY Chamber official, this international trade summit has been held for many years, but only recently has it been called Merx. This year’s event, slated June 5 from 8 am to 1 pm, will feature panels organized by the international NGOs in the area whose experts will talk on the doing business in their respective regions. The Chinese Chamber, of course, will have a fine line-up of experts from both sides of the Pacific.

For more information and to register for Merx 2014, click this link now. Read more to learn about our panelists.

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World Bank: China Set to Pass U.S. Economy This Year

The big headlines in international news came following the release April 30 of an International Comparison Program report that suggests China’s economy will overtake the U.S. and India will rise to number three over Japan.

Of course, as with any report of this magnitude, you have to take the whole situation into perspective. The report relies heavily on a variable called purchasing power parity (PPP) that shows the power of the Renminbi in China becoming more powerful than the U.S. Dollar in the U.S.

Simply put, getting a hair cut in Beijing is far cheaper than the same quality hair cut in New York City. That’s a simple way of looking at it. The Financial Times did a great video explaining the report.

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China News Brief: Headlines and Suggested Reading

In the world’s most populous nation, it’s easy to find intriguing and compelling news.

Here’s a few links worth sifting through today, April 25: