A Brief History of Agilent in China

On February 22, 1784, the American merchant ship Empress of China left New York and set sail for China.  Only five months after the U.S. had won its independence, the new country began trade relations with the Far East.

Two centuries later, in 1981 Agilent’s predecessor company Hewlett-Packard opened its first office in Beijing.  It was the first time that China had ever established such a facility for a foreign company.  Today, Agilent’s presence in China includes more than 1,200 employees in 35 different locations.  China represents Agilent’s second-largest customer market.  In 2011 it became the first country outside the U.S. to achieve $1 billion in annual orders.

“Chinese markets are being driven by strong government investments,” says Agilent President and CEO Mike McMullen.  “China is working hard to improve its quality of life, including the environment, food safety and drug development.”

Agilent’s solutions in energy, pharmaceuticals, life sciencesdiagnostics, food safety, forensics and the environment are important for the rapidly developing country.

“We have a long-standing presence in China with strong customer relationships,” Mike says.  “Agilent continues to dedicate itself to providing total laboratory solutions that serve China’s specific needs.”


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