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J.M. Gillies looks to China and Indonesia

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Pat Levy (left) and Billy Parsons of J.M. Gillies: The company is hopeful of striking distribution deals in China and Indonesia.

Australian lure manufacturer J.M. Gillies is optimistic that it will have a presence in China and Indonesia following its appearance at China Fish.

The company’s Managing Director, Pat Levy, said that although he was disappointed with the overall number of visitors during the three-day event in Beijing, he was hopeful that he would pick up business in the new territories.

“Some parts of the show were pretty terrible, although we went home with half a dozen good contacts. The interest from China and Indonesia was pretty strong and you only need one of them to come through for it to be a good trip for us.”

J.M. Gillies was also showing off for the first time the latest fishing tackle storage solutions from American manufacturer Plano, after taking delivery of its moulds just before Christmas and beginning production in Australia.

Levy said: “Plano has recognised the emergence of the Asia and Chinese markets and we have agreed a deal to manufacture and distribute its products in Australia. “It makes sense on all fronts with a 30% saving on currency and half the price in freight costs.

“It has proved successful so far with partnerships already established in Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.”

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