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Ningbo ICB and Youngor Won China Brand Gold Award

The Ningbo Industry and Commerce Bureau and the Youngor Group won the Trademark Use Award and Trademark Protection Award respectively. The China Brand Gold Award was appraised the first time. Only 20 institutions and companies are entitled to the honor.
The China Brand Gold Award was cosponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, to commend institutions and individuals doing great job in trademark registration, use, protection and management. This time, seven brand innovation awards, seven trademark use awards and six trademark protection awards were given. 
In recent years, the Ningbo Industry and Commerce Bureau has innovated on the regulating measures, reinforced supervision and guidance, and promote the brand economy. By the end of June, the city has had 76155 registered trademarks, with the internationally registered trademarks and geographical indication trademarks ranking the first place Zhejiang. As a result, the city has been designated as a city of brands, and a pilot city in implementing branding strategy.
With 30 years of development, the Youngor Group has taken an active part in international competition through independent branding and technical innovation. As a prestigious transnational it has built up tremendous brand strength.

Ningbo exports of Christmas supplies going up

Although Christmas is still months away, quite a lot of Ningbo companies are producing at full capacity Christmas supplies. Statistics from Ningbo Customs show that in the first seven months, Ningbo exported 4,463 tons of Christmas supplies at the value of 21.09 million US dollars, up 20.4% and 18.6% respectively over the same period of last year. The exports of July stood at 11.87 million US dollars, exceeding the total of the first six months. The main destinations of exports are EU (9.258 million US dollars), the United States (3.459 million US dollars) and Brazil (2.468 million US dollars), and they accounted for 72% of the total volume of export. Private companies took the lead in exporting with a volume of 14.7 million US dollars, increasing by 19.3% over the same period of last year, and they accounted for 69.7 percent of the total. However, the exporting price declined by a small margin compared with the same period of last year. The average price of the Christmas supplies is down by 1.5%, at 4,726 US dollars per ton.

This year, the great need for Christmas supplies abroad guarantees a peak season for related enterprises. However, due to the rise of the cost caused by the appreciation of RMB, the profit margin is shrinking for many exporters in spite of the increasing foreign orders.

8 Ningbo enterprises listed as Top 500 Enterprises of China

The list of 2011 China Top 500 Enterprises was released on September 3. Ningbo has 8 enterprises listed in the list. 12 enterprises of Ningbo are among China Top 500 Manufacturing Enterprises and 28 among China Top 500 Enterprises of the Service Industry.

According to the list of 2011 China Top 500 Enterprises released in Chengdu by China Association of Enterprises and China Entrepreneur Association, On the list of 2011 China Top 500 Enterprises Ningbo has 8 enterprises, two less than the last year. Of the enterprises, Youngor Group ranks the 237th position for its operating income of 33.48 billion yuan, the highest one of the Ningbo enterprises. Ningbo Jintian Group, Aux Group, Grand Group Corporation, Ningbo Yinyi Group, Fubang Holdings and Firs Group were on the list in the last year. Zhejiang Qiancheng Investment is on the list for the first time.

In the Top 500 Manufacturing Enterprises of China, Ningbo has 12, the same number as the last year. Youngor Group, Ningbo Jintian Group, and Aux Group are among the first 150. The threshold for China Top 500 Enterprises of the Service Industry is 1.97 billion yuan, about 1 billion yuan more than the threshold of the last year. However, Ningbo still has 28 enterprises on the list, keeping its front position in cities of China. Of these enterprises Grand Group Corporation, Ningbo Qiancheng Investment, Ningbo Yinyi Group and China-Base Ningbo Foreign Trade are among the first 150.

A related person from the Development and Research Center of Ningbo said that on the Top 500 Enterprises of China 2011, Ningbo has not only listed companies and Youngor and Firs but also a number of transnational enterprises like Ningbo Haitian International Holdings Ltd.. This shows that the large enterprises of Ningbo are now on the way of capital operation and overseas expansion. On the other hand, the enterprises of Ningbo are in general on the rear of the list. Compared with Huangzhou, Shaoxing and Taizhou, Ningbo does not have one private enterprise with its operating income exceeding 50 billion yuan. Therefore, at the 12th Five-Year-Plan Period, Ningbo should make great efforts to develop large enterprises, so that we can have private enterprises with their operating income reaching 50 or even 100 billion yuan and that we can have enterprises listed among the first 200.

Ningbo to popularize energy-saving lamps

After three years'promotion, China is to continue popularizing the use of energy-saving lamps during the 12th Five-year Plan Period. According to Zhejiang Provincial Commission of Economy and Information Technology, this year the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance allocated Zhejiang Province 7 million high-efficiency lighting products, and Ningbo is committed to popularize 1.1 million energy-saving lamps, and in this way the city may save over 200 million kilowatt hours of power.

Since 2008, the country has implemented the three-year financial subsidies policy for high-efficiency lighting products, with 50 million energy-saving lamps promoted each year. The policy continues in effect this year, and it is quite likely to be in effect for the next three years.

According to the above mentioned policy, the way of giving subsidy remains almost the same as it used to, that is, the government subsidies will be given indirectly to the bid-winning companies. For bulk users like companies, the financial subsidies will take up 30% of the price, and for personal users, 50%. However, one thing is different. Unlike the last years when each person was subsidized for 30 lamps, this year, the number is restricted to be only 10 and the person applying for the subsidies must put down his or her personal information.

21 cooperative projects of Ningbo and Changchun

On the morning of September 1, the Ningbo Changchun Investment and Cooperation Fair was held in Shangrila Hotel in Changchun City. Bayinchaolu, Deputy Party Secretary of Jilin Province, and Chairman of Jilin Provincial People's Political Consultative Conference met with the delegation of Ningbo Municipal Government. Chen Yijun, Vice Mayor of Ningbo Municipal Government and Teng Jiacai, Vice Mayor of Changchun Municipal Government attended the ceremony.

On the fair, 21 cooperative projects between Ningbo and Changchun were reached, with the contracts valuing 7.456 billion yuan. Of the projects, there are 13 projects in industries, with the contract investment value totaling 2.196 billion yuan; 5 projects in logistics, real property development, steel trade and tourism, with the contract investment value totaling 4.92 billion yuan. Among them, the projects of the staple steel trade center and the East China Steel Logistic Center signed by Jilin Tonggang International Trade Company and Ningbo (Zhenhai) Mass Freight Transport Artery Port had their total investment totaling 320 million yuan.

At the meeting, Ningbo and Changchun made introductions of their investment environment and related industries and promoted a number of projects for cooperation. Ningbo Municipal Tourist Administration hosted an opening ceremony of its direct sales center in Changchun.

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