Chinese company Ningbo to expand in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that the China-based company known as the Ningbo Self Electronics Corporation is expanding its sales operations in Gwinnett County.

The expansion will bring $200,000 in capital to the community and an undetermined number of jobs.

The announcement was praised by Chairman Charles Bannister, who is set to return home today from a 15-day economic development trade mission to China and Korea.

"Once again, Gwinnett's efforts to build international ties with Asian business have proven beneficial for our community," Bannister said in a released statement. "We welcome Ningbo Self Electronics to our community of international companies already doing business in Gwinnett, and we look forward to their continued growth in the region."

The Chamber said that Ningbo selected Gwinnett and the state of Georgia because of its proximity to major U.S. clients like Home Depot and Wal-Mart, and its easy access to the entire American market.

"The Gwinnett and metro Atlanta region enable us to provide better customer service to existing clients while offering convenient access to over 80 percent of the U.S. market in just two days via road transport," said Ningbo's American spokesman David Lee. "And with the world's busiest airport, it also serves as our international gateway to the North and South American markets."

In business since 1993, Self Electronics has been rated among the biggest exporters and manufacturers in China's lighting industry.