Businesses hoping to expand urged to use financial leasing
Updated: 2011-12-28 08:15
By Cai Xiao (China Daily)
Financial leasing companies such as ICBC Leasing Co Ltd are being encouraged by the Ministry of Commerce to seek opportunities in high-tech industries. Provided to China Daily
BEIJING - China will strive to develop the overseas financial leasing market to help domestic manufacturers do more business abroad, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday.
The ministry said in a statement that financial leasing companies will be encouraged to deepen cooperation with overseas construction companies for equipment leases and "positively participate" in infrastructure construction projects.
The statement said that China was also encouraging insurance companies to go abroad to support the financial leasing industry.
Financial leasing companies buy assets chosen by clients, who then lease the items. Clients have the option to own the assets eventually.
As of the end of last year, China had more than 260 financial leasing companies with an aggregate contract balance of 700 billion yuan ($110.7 billion), the ministry said.
According to a survey by China Construction Machinery Business Online, domestic machinery producers are accelerating their moves abroad.
The survey found that in the first eight months of 2011, exports of excavators grew 54.7 percent year-on-year, those of loaders were up 76.6 percent and those of bulldozers increased 62.2 percent.
The common process for Chinese machinery companies going abroad is to set up overseas factories and sell their products abroad, and "we are cooperating with them to boost China's manufacturing market", said Cong Lin, chief executive officer of ICBC Leasing Co Ltd, one of the nation's largest leasing companies.
Cong told China Daily that ICBC Leasing often bought electrical equipment from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and leased these products around the world. This system was a good way for Huawei eventually to sell products and expand overseas.
According to Cong, ICBC Leasing also cooperated with Sany Group, leasing their engineering machines to European clients and solving the financing problems of many Sany clients.
According to the ministry, traditional financial leasing businesses involving aircraft, ships and engineering machines should be further developed.
It said that financial leasing companies could also seek opportunities in high-tech industries such as biotechnology, new energy and high-end equipment manufacturing.
The statement added that as China sought to transform its economic development mode during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), the financial leasing industry could play an important role in investment, production and consumption.
(China Daily 12/28/2011 page15)