USI Expands Global Footprint: New Completion of Tonala Site in Mexico

SHANGHAI, July 17, 2024  — USI is delighted to announce the official opening of its new Tonala Site in a grand ceremony on July 16th. The ceremony was attended by prominent guests, including Roberto Arechederra as Jalisco Governor’s Rep and Economic Minister of the state, Sergio Chavez Mayor of Tonala Municipality; Alfonso Olvera Economic minister of Tonalá and Guillermo del Rio, Index Chamber President. The event took place in Industrial park Axis, located in Nuevo Periférico Oriente, and highlighted the company’s strategic vision and commitment to growth in the region.


Bernardo Santos, General Manager of the Guadalajara and Tonala Sites in Mexico, shared his mission for the new facility, emphasizing the commitment to innovation, quality, and community engagement. Santos will affirm, “Our mission at the Tonala Site is to foster a collaborative environment where cutting-edge technology and local talent come together to drive success and contribute to the region’s economic development.”

Matthew Behringer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations Development and General Manager of North American Operations, addressed the business landscape and the significant role the Tonala Site will play in USI’s expansion strategy. “The Tonala Site represents a pivotal step in our North American operations, enabling us to enhance our service capabilities and better meet the needs of our clients in this dynamic market.”

Representing the USI headquarters, Clement Chen, Corporate Senior Vice President of GS&S/COD, stated the company’s strategic goals for sustainability and the importance of Mexico within this framework. Chen highlighted, “As a responsible member of our planet-wise enterprises for business sustainability alliance, USI prioritizes Sustainable Development Goals through four core strategies: Low Carbon, Circular, Collaborative, and Inclusive. In 2023, our GDL factory achieved a 100% Green Electricity Ratio. The sustainability program will soon extend to our Tonalá factory, reinforcing our dedication to responsible business practices and environmental stewardship.”

Roberto Arechederra, Jalisco Governor Rep., said, “The announcement of this investment by USI opens the door to continue consolidating what has been happening since 1962 in the state of Jalisco, a long-term vision, where innovation and high technology are part of our DNA, manufacturing and quality work. They operate with a long-term vision. In Jalisco, we feel very honored that USI has trusted the state since 1997, and we celebrate this technology that USI is going to make in Jalisco, and we celebrate its expansion in our country and our state.”

Sergio Chavez, Mayor of Tonala Municipality, said, “Tonalá is the fifth most populated municipality in Jalisco, with enormous growth, and what a few months ago was just empty land, today there will be technology that will be exported to Europe, Asia and America. We are talking about an investment of almost 82 million USD with 3,000 new jobs, and that is what we mayors have to promote. We must make the investment arrive, take care of them and help them with the necessary permits.”

Coming Soon: 2024 Shanghai Bridal Fashion Showroom Gathering of World Brands

SHANGHAI, July 15, 2024 — The 2024 Shanghai Bridal Fashion Showroom is set to take place from August 7 to 9 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Full Connection, New Definition’, it will attract more than 200 brands and over 1,000 original new products, gathering design talents from around the world, covering the whole industry chain, all categories and channels of the development of the wedding industry. Organized by Shanghai International Exhibition (Group) Co., Ltd., this event aims to create an internationally influential platform for the wedding fashion industry, bringing together global brands to showcase the latest trends in the market.

Create a Platform of International Influence, with Domestic and Overseas Brands Competing on One Stage.

The Overseas Brand Designers Zone will feature renowned brands such as Anne Mariee (Ukraine), Amelie (Germany), Ari Villoso (Ukraine), Blossomveil Korea (South Korea), DiAo (Malaysia), Didem Kinail (Turkey), Eva Lendel (United States), Inese Stan (Romania), Innocentia Divana & Innocentia (Ukraine), Kate Aijamous (United Arab Emirates), Lana Marinenko (Russia), Raffiller (Japan), Rara Avis (Belarus), Ricca Sposa (Ukraine), Tra Linh (Vietnam), Wona (Ukraine), Yolancris (Spain), etc.

Chinese Wedding Dress: A Fusion of Traditional and Modern Aesthetics

Chinese wedding dress, rooted in Chinese culture and infused with modern aesthetics, will present a novel interpretation of Chinese wedding fashion. Combining embroidery, satin, and auspicious patterns with Western tailoring techniques, this style breaks the boundaries between tradition and modernity, creating a new international wedding fashion. Brands such as DiAo, TianXi, JinBao & Xilan that can represent this style will be featured.

Cocktail Style: Perfect for Highlighting Your Social Persona

Based on the pursuit of artistic design and functionality, and providing higher quality fashion products for ever-changing work, holiday and social occasions, formal dresses have become the focus of the fashion world in recent years as a social tool for self-expression and expression. The outstanding fashion brand ST.WHITE and SONGE will participate in the exhibition. ST.WHITE creates dresses, which suit girls with youthful, fashionable, agelessness and elegance in tone. SONGE specialises in expressing uniqueness and softness through lines and shapes. Dresses for cocktail style, offer high-quality fashion choices to create just the right social persona.

Lead New Fashion Trends, Harnessing the Power of Originality

The Exhibition will showcase a wide range of products, including wedding dresses, Chinese wedding dress, Qipao, Hanfu, men’s suit, mother’s dress, social dress, bespoke clothing, bridesmaid dress, themed attire, dressing gown, veils, wedding shoes, styling accessories, makeup, beauty products, nail art & makeup tools, training schools, bridal salon services, fabrics, and packaging. It covers the whole industry chain and categories of wedding fashion.

Embracing the Dual-Carbon Strategy with Unified Booth Construction

In response to the China’s dual-carbon strategy, the Exhibition will introduce a green and sustainable development strategy for the first time, implementing unified booth construction. This initiative aims to create better quality, safer, and more sustainable booths.

Appointment of Prashant Lai as Managing Director of Goodyear Aseanz

SHANGHAI, July 9, 2024 — Goodyear is pleased to announce the formation of a new market structure combining its Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) and ASEAN businesses into one cluster, effective July 1. This new cluster, known as ASEANZ, is led by Mr. Prashant Lal as Managing Director. This represents a strategic move to enhance Goodyear’s fast-growing Asia Pacific business and capitalize on broader growth opportunities.

Mr. Prashant Lal joined Goodyear in 2023 as Managing Director, ASEAN. He is a seasoned business leader with 25 years of local, regional and global experience, having worked with GlaxoSmithKline, Reckitt Benckiser, Danone, and Abbott. Before joining Goodyear, Prashant was with Abbott as the General Manager of Emerging Asia for its Diabetes Care business.

Prashant is a passionate leader with a successful track record of driving business transformations in challenging markets and developing future talents. He is a global leader who values the importance of a diverse team and an inclusive culture, shaped by his wealth of experience working in India, Belgium, London, South Africa, and most recently Singapore.

Mr. Prashant Lal commented, “The newly formed ASEANZ cluster will help our talented team drive growth and innovation in this strategically important cluster in Asia Pacific. By combining the strengths of our ANZ and ASEAN businesses, we will be better positioned to meet the evolving needs of our customers and consumers and capitalize on new opportunities. Merging ANZ and ASEAN together will also enrich careers and create additional opportunities for our associates in this expanded cluster by taking on increased responsibilities and developing higher competencies.”