WASHINGTON - Does an emerging market of 1.2 billion people intrigue you? If so, you can learn more in a hurry about how to tap that market by taking part in an upcoming plastics trade and investment mission to China. The March 24-April 2 effort, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., both of Washington, is designed to bring together potential U.S. and Chinese partners.
The mission, which starts the day after the March 19-23 Chinaplas '96 exhibition, begins and concludes in Beijing, moves to Shanghai on March 27 and then to Guangzhou April 1.
It will include sessions with officials from the Chinese government and the plastics and chemical industry, plant tours, and ``matchmaking meetings'' designed to put participants directly in touch with potential local partners, said Ken Tarter, an international trade specialist in the Commerce Department.
Gary Landsettle, Asia-Pacific business manager for Ashland Chemical Co., was named mission leader and spokesman for the delegation, which is open to resin producers, processors, and machinery and mold makers.
The mission fee will be between $4,000 and $4,500 per company. Participants are responsible for their air fare, hotel and a handful of meals. Tarter estimated the total cost per person at $8,000-$9,000. He said the Commerce Department does not underwrite the venture, and limits its investment to the donation of Tarter's time. Organizers hope to attract 10-12 firms.
Deadline to apply is Feb. 23. For an itinerary and sign-up sheet, call SPI's fax-on-demand service at (202) 371-9841, ext. 9007. For further information, contact Tarter at (202) 482-0128, or SPI at (202) 371-5281.
Similar missions are being planned to Chile, Argentina and Brazil in September, Vietnam in January 1997, and South Africa sometime during 1997.