Ballard Power Systems has announced that it has opened its first corporate office headquartered in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, China.

This office will serve as the Company’s initial operations center in China, supporting management, sales and business development, technical, after-sales and administrative support personnel.

The Company also recently completed the registration of a wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE) with the name of 广州市巴拉德动力系统有限公司 (Guangzhou Ballard Power Systems Co., Ltd.).

Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO, said, “Our rapid and successful establishment of commercial relationships in China over the past year necessitates an in-country operations team.”

“Last year we built out our sales and service teams and we expect to expand our China team to almost 20 people by year-end 2017 to support planned customer growth. This staff will fulfill a number of key roles, including business development, account management, applications engineering, after-sales support, quality assurance and supply chain management,” continued MacEwen.

The Company also announced the promotion of Alfred Wong to Managing Director, Asia Pacific. Wong has relocated to China, working out of the Guangzhou office, to support Ballard activities and he stated, “We continue to build our China platform to meet current and anticipated customer needs. Our account management team and our ability to provide responsive and high-quality engineering and after-sales support are competitive differentiators. As we continue to expand partnerships and our partner geographic footprint, we will review options for additional presence in China.”

WU Yi, Director General of the Guangzhou Municipal Board for International Investment said, “We are very pleased with the decision by Ballard, the world’s premier zero-emission fuel cell company, to establish a presence in Guangdong Province and choose Guangzhou as its headquarters in China. Ballard’s business interests with our local companies located in our Province will provide a significant benefit in delivering our clean energy goals as well as the economic objectives of China’s current 5-Year Plan.”