Having less foreign employees illustrates the changing demands on maintaining international relationships. Norbert Marx said what GAMECO needs is a bridge to connect itself with partners outside of China. And this is exactly his role in the company.
“Aviation is a global industry,” he said, “aircraft maintenance is done under the approval of different countries’ authorities, and done with different business partners from abroad. So I’m the accountable party to these authorities and business partners.”
Marx believes that his previous experience will help create confidence and a business environment that can attract business from overseas companies to Guangzhou. “We will see an aircraft soon coming from Lufthansa, my former employer. I think this is because Lufthansa thinks GAMECO is competent, but also because they have somebody here that can help them if they have some trouble.”
Norbert Marx mentioned many examples of GAMECO cooperating with its overseas partners such as GE, FedEx and Airbus. And one in particular: the company announced co-operation with Boeing in February this year. This contract will cover seven different projects such as composite part care and passenger to freighter conversion. [Photo\oeeee.com]
When asked about why he chose to stay in the city, Norbert said there are many big projects going on. He feels it is his responsibility to bring them to fruition if it was him that suggested them in the first place. Meanwhile, he also feels a lot of trust from his teams, directors and shareholders, which gives him a lot of motivation.
It has been seven years since Norbert Marx came to Guangzhou because of a phone call about a job offer from GAMECO.
“In the past, big cities developed around railway stations or harbors. But now they develop around airports. So I’m excited about the Guangzhou Aerotropolis Development District because I think it's managed well and has become (a center of) gravity that has attracted lots of business. I hope that Guangzhou, a city that many people in Europe don't know of, even though it is so big and so important, will be a major aviation hub in the near future,” he said.