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Business Technology Association to Host Dealer Trip to China; Tour Konica Minolta, Sharp Factories

21 Jun, 2012

Kansas City, Mo- June 2012 - On Sept. 4-11, 2012, the Business Technology Association (BTA) will be hosting a trip to China. Open to BTA member dealers and their spouses, the trip will include guided tours of two office technology industry factories ¾ Konica Minolta Business Technologies (Wuxi) Co. Ltd., Wuxi, China, and SOCC/Sharp Office Equipments (Changshu) Co. Ltd., Changshu, China. Both factories, each producing MFPs sold by dealers in the United States, are located near Shanghai.

The trip, the first of its kind for the association, will offer a unique, memorable opportunity for office technology dealers to travel and network with fellow dealers representing a variety of brands. In addition to the factory tours, dealers will visit attractions such as the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. There will also be many opportunities to experience the local cuisine and culture.

"We spend our careers selling and servicing the products produced by our industry's manufacturers, but we rarely, if ever, tour a plant where these products are made," BTA President Tom Ouellette said. "This trip will provide an unforgettable opportunity and venue to see, firsthand, the factories of two of our industry's leading manufacturers. Dealers joining us in China will have a new level of appreciation for the industry, meeting some of the people who manufacture the products they sell and learning more about what goes into the development and manufacturing of equipment.

Ouellette also emphasized the value of connecting and traveling with other dealers while in China. "I predict that each of our travelers will develop some long-term friendships with fellow dealers that will serve as resources for many years to come," he said. "BTA has always been in the business of presenting opportunities for dealers to connect so that they can learn from one another. Our trip to China will provide an unparalleled occasion
for them to do so in a captivating setting that is far removed from our daily routine."

Complete details on the BTA trip to China are available on the association's website. Visit www.bta.org/ChinaTrip.

Founded in 1926, the Business Technology Association serves office technology dealerships, resellers, manufacturers, distributors and service companies. Its core members — office technology dealerships — consult, sell and service hardware, software and supplies with the goal of helping businesses maximize their investment in devices and technology. Through the association's various educational programs, information, research, legal services, publications and guidance, BTA member dealerships are positioned to be the premier source of the office technology used by businesses throughout the United States every day. For more information on BTA, see its Web site at www.bta.org or call (800) 505-2821. The fax number is (816) 941-4838. You may also write to: BTA, 12411 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO

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