Palomar Technologies (San Diego, CA), a leading supplier of automated microelectronic assembly equipment, served as a representative for the San Diego World Trade Center (SDWTC) mission in a recent visit to China. As one of five companies to exhibit in the San Diego pavilion at the China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF) this past October 12-17, 2004 in Shenzhen, China. Palomar established relationships and informed top government, business, technology and educational leaders in China about business, technology, and educational resources in San Diego. In addition to Palomar, exhibiting companies included Axesstel Wireless, Inc, MagnaBioSciences (a division of Quantum Design), Pulse (a Technitrol Company), and Qualcomm, Inc. The China Hi-Tech Fair was celebrated in conjunction with the grand opening of the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. Approximately 450,000 people attended what was the largest and most important tradeshow for imported technologies and products in China. Organized by Asia Desk of SDWTC, the delegation included California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and San Diego State University President Dr. Stephen Weber.

According to Bruce Hueners, Palomar VP marketing and business development, "The show was far larger and more significant than I originally perceived. We used it as a base for our local representatives, American Tec, and captured several hundred sales leads from show attendees. Through the SDWTC and the participation of Lieutenant Governor Bustamante and President Weber, we had high level CEO meetings and access to heads of government and education from throughout Southern China and the Shenzhen area as well as local members of the U.S. Department of Commerce."

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