Case Studies of Australian Businesses in China
Cardno MBK is one of Australia's leading engineering consulting companies with offices throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region. It employs over 350 staff and its major project groups include urban design, environment and water, transport and structures.
After a Chinese trade delegation visit to Logan City in Queensland, Cardno MBK secured its largest project in China in 2000, tendering for and winning the design contract for a part-World Bank funded waste water treatment plant in the major north-eastern city of Shenyang. To date, Cardno MBK has completed conceptual and preliminary designs for the project and is soon to start on detailed design work. Following international competitive bidding, construction is slated to start in late 2003 and the project to be completed in 2005.
Since 1989, Cardno MBK's other activities in China include installing a pavement management system in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, providing technical engineering support for transportation sector projects including ring road construction in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province and tendering for a number of other projects including port and industrial park design work for the city of Qinzhou in Guangxi province. Despite business challenges such as securing payment and non-transparency, Cardno MBK regards China as a promising future market and is currently drawing up a strategic plan for further expansion.
Source: Cardno MBK, 2002.
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