The nine Chinese firms operating in Charlotte USA are among the 900 businesses that make up the region’s thriving international community. One-stop flights to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing from Charlotte Douglas International Airport depart daily.
The Charlotte region continues to strengthen its position as one of the most dynamic and diversified locations in North America. This 16-county region – 12 in North Carolina and four in South Carolina – is home to more than 900 foreign-owned firms, eight Fortune 500 company headquarters and a growing population of more than 2.7 million residents
Why have Chinese firms chosen Charlotte USA?
- Largest concentration of international firms in the Carolinas, employing more than 50,000 workers
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the seventh-busiest airport in the world and has daily nonstop flights to 136 destinations
- Second-largest banking center in the U.S.
- Foreign Trade Zone #57 has locations around the Charlotte region
- Manufacturing hub of the Carolinas
- Highest concentration of medical device manufacturing in the Carolinas
- Eight Fortune 500 headquarters
- Home to more than 275 corporate headquarters
- Engineering center of the Carolinas: home to global giants such as URS, Toshiba, Siemens, Areva, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Parsons, Duke Power, Fluor Corp. and Westinghouse
- Progressive renewable energy standard of 12.5 percent by 2021
- North Carolina is the largest exporter to China from the Southeastern U.S.
- The Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce located in Charlotte, N.C.
- Chinese-American Association of Charlotte located in Iredell County, N.C.
- Annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival held in May
- Charlotte Chinese Academy and Charlotte Chinese School offer language programs and community events
- Both Pfeiffer University and Winthrop University partner with international universities for student exchange in both graduate and undergraduate programs.
- Both International Baccalaureate and foreign language programs are available to all local students.
Todaytec, a Chinese manufacturer of heat-transfer bar-code ribbons, opened in Mecklenburg County, N.C. in 2009
Two Chinese energy companies, China Huaneng Group and ENN Group, have signed memorandums of understanding with Duke Energy to build commercial-scale solar projects in the United States.
- Chinese Firms Directory and Map
- Charlotte USA Introduction - Chinese
- 2009 Carolinas Foreign Investment Profile – China