Colin Renk

Oct. 26: ACSI’s China Business Conference

 Posted by on August 4, 2021  Events, Upcoming Events  Comments Off on Oct. 26: ACSI’s China Business Conference
Aug 042021
 

ACSI’s China Business Conference will be held online via a password-protected microsite that will become available to registered participants. The microsite will include the Livestream, Agenda, Speaker Biographies, Exhibition Booths, and B2B Directory.

Live Stream + Post-Event Access:
The Livestream will be conducted via Zoom in English and begin at 8:00am ET on Tuesday, October 26th. Each presentation and panel will be recorded and uploaded on the microsite for registrants to access after the event.

B2B Directory:
The Business-to-Business (B2B) Directory is an optional, opt-in program which allows registrants to list their organization, business interests, and contact information to share and network with other businesses that have registered for the event.

Exhibition Booths:
Eligible sponsors and partners will be allocated a Virtual Exhibition Booth to highlight their organization’s business interests, company summary, industry, website, and marketing materials (including video) to other Conference registrants.

In-Person Networking Reception:

Network with other professionals at Barnes & Thornburg’s downtown Indianapolis office and enjoy cocktails and appetizers.

Note: Due to COVID-19, masks must be worn at the event.


Agenda:

8:00am        Live Feed Begins
8:05am        Welcome Remarks
8:10am        China Policies on U.S.: Chinese Blocking Statute & Visas
8:50am        U.S.-China Economic Market Update: Trade & Investment
9:20am        Understanding the CFIUS Process for FDI
9:50am        Analysis and impacts of Endless Frontiers Act
10:20am      Surviving 2020: Lessons Learned & Where We Go From Here Roundtable
11:10am       Indiana Export Report
11:35am       Future of US-China Business Relations Roundtable
12:20pm      End of Live Stream

4:00pm In-Person Networking Reception Opens
7:00pm In-Person Networking Reception Closes


Speakers & Panelists:


Sponsorship & Tickets

Title Sponsor – $4,000 ACSI Member // $5,000 Non-Member

  • Unlimited Virtual Registrations
  • Logo recognition on all event marketing materials
  • Virtual Exhibition Booth
  • Large advertisement in program materials and website
  • Sponsored Panel/Presentation
  • Access to Attendee List
  • Provides Complimentary Tickets for 6 Indiana/Chinese SMEs
  • Speaking Opportunities
  • Recognition as Event Co-Chair
  • Invitation to VIP Reception

Red Sponsor – $2,000 ACSI Member // $2,500 Non-Member

  • Up to 50 Virtual Registrations
  • Logo recognition on all event marketing materials
  • Virtual Exhibition Booth
  • Small advertisement in program materials and website
  • Sponsored Panel/Presentation
  • Access to Attendee List
  • Provides Complimentary Tickets for 2 Indiana/Chinese SMEs
  • Invitation to VIP Reception

Blue Sponsor – $1,000 ACSI Member // $1,250 Non-Member

  • Up to 20 Virtual Registrations
  • Logo recognition on all event marketing materials
  • Virtual Exhibition Booth
  • Invitation to VIP Reception

Individual Registration $40 ACSI Member // $75 Non-Member

Register now at acsi2021.eventbrite.com

For more information, contact Colin at colin.renk@americachinasociety.org

Nov. 13: Zhejiang International Friendship Cities Expo

 Posted by on August 12, 2021  Events, Upcoming Events  Comments Off on Nov. 13: Zhejiang International Friendship Cities Expo
Aug 122021
 

On November 13-15, the America China Society of Indiana and Indiana Economic Development Corporation will participate in the Zhejiang International Friendship Cities Expo, a component of the China Yiwu Commodities Fair 2021. As part of the event, we will be collaborating on an Indiana Booth promoting Hoosier businesses, industries, investment and trade opportunities to Chinese audiences.

Want to promote your company in China? All ACSI Members are eligible to list their organization at the booth for free. To secure your spot, send the following information to colin.renk@americachinasociety.org by September 15th:

  • Company Name & Industry:
  • Company Summary:
  • Business Interests:
  • Website:
  • Contact Information:

Not a member? Learn more about membership and join us today!

October 4: Chinese Subsidiary Opens Facility in Jeffersonville

 Posted by on October 2, 2021  News  Comments Off on October 4: Chinese Subsidiary Opens Facility in Jeffersonville
Oct 022021
 

HempRise, a subsidiary of China-based Layn Natural Ingredients, opened the doors to its new 100,000 square foot facility last Thursday in Jeffersonville, Ind.

The $80 million facility is expected to reach full capacity next year becoming one of the largest hemp-producing facilities in the U.S.

“HempRise has a passion for unleashing mother nature’s healing power by creating natural ingredients with amazing health benefits, we bring science and economy of scale together to make hemp derived cannabinoids widely available to the masses ,” said Dr. Zheng Yang, general manager of HempRise. “We are also committed to help building local community and contribute to the growth of manufacturing in Indiana.”

The facility, which will extract and process CBD from hemp, will process up to 8 million pounds of biomass per year within the River Ridge Commerce Center.

“We have a broad spectrum of industrial sectors that are represented at River Ridge,” said Jerry Acy, executive director of the River Ridge Development Authority. “We are really excited and happy to be part of this emerging industry in the state of Indiana and the region.”

September 8: Zhejiang-Indiana Virtual Roundtable

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Oct 022021
 

On September 8th, the Zhejiang Foreign Affairs Office hosted the Zhejiang-Indiana Virtual Roundtable. The purpose of the event was to promote and explore bilateral investment and trade opportunities, especially in the cities with existing sister-city relationship.

Participating organizations from Zhejiang included the Foreign Affairs Office, Department of Commerce and the China Council on Promotion of International Trade along with representatives from the cities of Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Jinhua, and Taizhou.

Participating organizations from Indiana included the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, ACSI, and Indiana University along with representatives from the cities of Batesville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Wabash.

Sep 1-2, 2021: HKTDC Belt & Road Summit

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Aug 042021
 

On September 1-2, the Hong Kong Trade Development Corporation will host its Belt & Road Summit which provides insights from business leaders on the multilateral collaboration and business opportunities in the countries along the maritime and logistics “Belt and Road”.  This year’s 6th edition will focus on “Driving Growth Through Fostering Regional and International Trade” and will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual to accommodate the global travel restrictions.

Through our partnership with HKTDC, all ACSI Members in good standing are able to attend the event for free ($520 value). Additional information on the event is attached and listed below. If you or a representative from your organization are interested in attending, please reply to this email and I will provide the necessary codes and credentials.

Tentative Program.
Full Website
Investment and Business Matching Session

For more information, please contact colin.renk@americachinasociety.org

July 14: Leutert Named Public Intellectuals Program VII Fellow

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Aug 042021
 

ACSI Board Member Dr. Wendy Leutert (GLP-Ming Z. Mei Chair of Chinese Economics and Trade at Indiana University) has been named as a Fellow for the seventh round of Public Intellectual Program (PIP) by the National Committee on US-China Relations. Launched in 2005, the PIP is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists through activities spread out over two years.

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June 23: ACSI Featured in SupChina China Corner Office Podcast

 Posted by on June 23, 2021  News  Comments Off on June 23: ACSI Featured in SupChina China Corner Office Podcast
Jun 232021
 

This week on China Corner Office, Chris Marquis talks with Mitchell Spencer, the founder of Indiana-based Polaris Rare Earth Materials, Craig Allen, the president of the US-China Business Council (USCBC), and Colin Renk, the executive director of the America China Society of Indiana. They discuss the growth of Mitchell’s businesses focused on manufacturing and supplying rare earths, particularly neodymium magnets to U.S. manufacturers, and why China is so dominant in this industry. The guests also reflect on the different lessons they have learned about doing business in China, such as the importance of flexibility and how to develop successful partnerships. Regarding the current environment, they discuss how the tariffs and global nature of supply chains affect U.S. businesses, especially SMEs.

Listen Now: https://supchina.com/podcast/china-and-rare-earths-a-view-from-u-s-states/

May 20, 2021: Working with International Distributors Webinar

 Posted by on April 13, 2021  Past Events  Comments Off on May 20, 2021: Working with International Distributors Webinar
Apr 132021
 

Creating and managing a distribution relationship in another country can be intimidating.

  • How do you find and evaluate a good partner?
  • What should be included in the contract?
  • What are some common pitfalls?
  • How do you minimize your business and legal risks?

Don’t go it alone and learn by trial and error.  This webinar will cover international distribution relationship do’s and don’ts and explain practical strategies to help you succeed in developing global partnerships.

We will discuss topics like: whether to allow the distributor to control local product registrations, how to plan for transition after termination, what does ‘exclusivity’ mean, practical documentary and structuring tips, and determining when it makes sense to form your own in-country presence and go direct.

REGISTER HERE

FEATURED SPEAKER:       

Matt Levy: Partner, Faegre Drinker

Matt is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice with a focus on cross-border transactions and international trade.  He has experience in more than 40 countries helping both public and private companies expand and operate internationally.  He advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, inbound and outbound foreign direct investment, corporate reorganizations, export controls and trade sanctions compliance (EAR, ITAR and OFAC programs), and US and foreign antitrust.  He acts as a business advisor to his clients and delivers practical solutions to complex problems.  Matt previously lived in China and speaks and reads Mandarin.