US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall are leading the Smart Cities – Smart Growth Business Development Mission, accompanied by representatives from 25 companies, including Xylem.
 
The trade mission, which includes visits to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, is intended to help US companies launch or increase their business operations in China for sustainable products and services, such as clean air and water technologies, smart buildings, green data centers, energy efficient technologies, waste treatment technologies, smart grid and green transportation.
 
Chris McIntire, Xylem senior vice president and president, Analytics and Treatment and Shuping Lu, president of Xylem China, will represent Xylem on the mission.
 
“Xylem has a long history of operating in China and, with a strong local presence, we understand the complexity and urgency of its water challenges,” said Patrick Decker, president and CEO of Xylem. “We are very encouraged by the Chinese government’s recent commitment to improve water quality through significant investments in sustainable solutions such as wastewater treatment, recycling and membrane treatment technology. On this mission, we look forward to forging new partnerships and strengthening existing relationships with various government entities, across business sectors, and among NGOs and academia. We will continue to invest our time and resources in China to accelerate research and partner with local communities to solve their water challenges.”