Rotterdam, the Netherlands – JDR’s Smart Solutions group opened a new division in Tianjin, China, with a traditional Chinese ceremony in December 2006.

The new division comprises a complete service facility, starting with engineering consultants supported by inspection, repair, upgrading and termination assembly services for cable systems. Future opportunities will include marketing JDR products and services to the offshore-related industries in China, bringing JDR’s global expertise to those markets.

The opening ceremony, which was fully attended by customers and business dignitaries, took place at the new service centre on December the 1st, 2006, using traditional Chinese and Dutch customs. Senior management of JDR Netherlands, the CEO of JDR Cable Systems (Holdings), and all of the invited guests partook in the ceremony and day-long festivities.

"Extensive growth in markets within the South-East Asia region make it imperative that we have a facility which answers the demands of our customers," noted Han van Veen, chairman of JDR Cable Systems (Tianjin), and managing director of JDR Smart Solutions, during his welcoming comments.

After all welcoming comments the ceremonies continued with the official ribbon-cutting commemorating the début of JDR Cable Systems Tianjin. All invited guests participated, and special thanks was given to all parties who have been involved in the preparations in setting up the new facility, and the commercialisation and regulatory processes.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony the service centre was then christened in the Dutch tradition, used to launch ocean-going vessels, to signify and cement the close working relationship between China and the Netherlands.

"A team of field service engineers is on call to perform service work, repairs and integration of cable assemblies or components, on-site or at customer facilities on or offshore. If the need arises, the local team of engineers can be backed up by engineers from the Netherlands, enabling optimum support to our customers," commented Joost van Muijden.

The full address for the new facility is:

JDR Cable Systems Tianjin Ltd.
No. 37 Xian Feng Dong Road
Dong Li Economic Development Area
Tianjin, 300300
Tel: +86 22 2499 2857
Fax: +86 22 2499 2857