April 21, 2017

Chinese explore SlenderWall partnership with Easi-Set Worldwide

Smith-Midland Corp. and its product licensing subsidairy Easi-Set Worldwide recently hosted a six-person delegation from one of China’s largest construction companies to discuss a “technology partnership.” Nantong Sijian Construction Group Chairman Geng Yuhua and his team visited Fauquier for two days in mid-April. Based in Jiangsu Province, NSCG has 70,000 employees working in construction, including precast concrete, Smith-Midland’s specialty.

Considered a “Top 100 Enterprise” in the Chinese construction industry, the company has completed more than 800 large-scale commercial, institutional and residential building projects since its founding in 1958.

Smith Midland Corp chariman Rodney Smith Easi Set Worldwide

The meetings in Southern Fauquier focused on Smith-Midland’s precast product licensing subsidiary, Easi-Set Worldwide. The local company’s SlenderWall, a precast concrete and steel stud building panel developed by a Smith-Midland CEO Rodney Smith and his R&D team, provides the exterior envelope of mid-size and large-scale structures.

NSCG contacted Easi-Set President Art Miles to discuss a technology partnership that would allow the company to manufacture SlenderWall across China, with Easi-Set supplying technical and logistics support.

Smith Midland l r Qu Qlangjun Ms. Zhang Zhengfeng Wu Jun Cao Kang and Wang LeiI

With access to affordable housing a top priority for the Chinese government, demand in remains high demand for multifamily, high-rise projects. China plans two million units this year.

“NSCG is a primary supplier to this market and is searching for products like SlenderWall that will allow it to speed up its production and installation schedules using factory manufacturing, pre-assembly and modular methods,” Mr. Smith said.

Easi-Set Worldwide works with 71 licensees in 42 states and 10 countries to manufacture six different lines of precast concrete products, all developed in Fauquier County, he added.

Photo one caption: NSCG Chairman Geng Yuhua presents Smith-Midland Chairman Rodney Smith with ceremonial gift.

Photo two caption: NSCG team members (from left to right), Qu Qlangjun, Ms. Zhang Zhengfeng, Wu Jun, Cao Kang, and Wang.

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