As part of its international growth strategy, The Smithers Group has announced the opening of an office in Shanghai, China. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group is a leading independent testing, consulting, and contract research organization. "This office will enable us to efficiently serve domestic Chinese companies who could benefit from our services and capabilities," said Michael Hochschwender, president and chief executive officer of The Smithers Group. "Also, a full time presence will be of value to our North American and European clients who are looking to work with China- based suppliers", he added. Lin Yang has been appointed director of business development for the greater China region. He will head up the Shanghai office and lead The Smithers Group's efforts in China.
Mr. Yang brings more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing, corporate strategic planning, and new market development. He has served with such global companies as IMC Chemicals, U.S. Borax, Rio Tinto, and Unifi. He was most recently responsible for developing and implementing a China market strategy at Unifi.