The Confucius Institute is delighted to announce that Mr Steve Sullivan from South Australian company Maptek is the winner of a case of premium South Australian wine from Wisdom Creek. Mr Sullivan won the wine after taking part in the on-line survey which was part of the Confucius Institute’s Joint Research Project about South Australia’s Business engagement with China, commissioned together with the Australia China Business Council (SA).
The Confucius Institute’s Business Programs Manager Mrs Annette Wheatley visited Maptek and spoke to Mr Sullivan about Maptek’s and its experience in China:
Maptek is a company specialising in technical equipment mainly for the mining industry. It has grown from a small mining software company 30 years ago to a global company with offices in several countries in Europe, the American continent, India and offices in Australia. The company’s global Headquarters are located in Adelaide. The Australian and Asian market is managed from here.
Maptek’s products range from scanning hardware used primarily in the mining sector, but also in the land measuring and agricultural sector, to very sophisticated processing software. Its products are also used in the niche market of forensics.
Mr Steve Sullivan, Maptek’s Sales Manager, Mine Planning Systems, is a geologist with additional experience in IT and Sales. He has visited China regularly since 2000 and has witnessed the astonishing changes having taken place in China in that period alone. His company employs Chinese graduates from Adelaide as well as experts directly from China in its development and manufacturing team. In late 2010, the company decided to be present in China through a Chinese agent, selling their I-Site product range, for which they have a competitive advantage. The big challenge in China, says Mr Sullivan, however is the IP issue in the case of Maptek’s software products. The company therefore is still in his early stages as far as their presence in China is concerned, but it is committed to a step-by-step approach.
Congratulations again and thank you for your time, Mr Sullivan!