Xiangmin Wei – Auto industry
- Name: Xiangmin Wei
- Nationality: China
- Family members: Wife and a son
- Visa granted date: 16 February 2017
- Location: I came to Brisbane initially, but now we live in Logan which is nestled between Brisbane and the Gold Coast
- Why did you choose this location: The area of Slacks Creek, a suburb of Logan, is the auto parts industry centre of which my business focuses on.
First steps and experiences in building a new life
Q: What business/es were you involved in before moving to Australia?
A: Before I came to Australia, I had been running an auto battery business in China for more than 20 years. I also invested in stocks and futures.
Q: Why did you choose Queensland?
A: The good weather and attractions of Queensland compelled me to choose Queensland. Most importantly, my son will get a better education here.
Q: When did you first arrive?
A: I have been living in Queensland for three and a half years since I first arrived on 6 April 2017.
Q: What were the biggest challenges/successes in starting a business in Australia?
A: The biggest challenge is doing business in English. Owning a business also requires knowledge regarding local laws and regulations I am not very familiar with. For example, the procedure for signing a lease is different from that in China, and a lawyer is required to sign a long-term lease.
Visa nomination process
Q: How did you find out about and why did you choose State Nominated Business visa?
A: When the idea of migrating came to my mind, I started to do some research online about this and found the Migration Queensland website.
Q: What was your experience with the application process? Any advice for prospective applicants?
A: A migration agency helped me to apply as I had very little knowledge of Australian migration law.
Q: What businesses and investments do you have currently in Queensland?
A: I am busy in running my battery business in Logan.
Q: What do you consider your greatest business achievement in Queensland to be?
A: With the registration of my own brand and trademark BWB in Australia, my company has rolled out a new type of lithium battery, which has gained popularity in the local market with customers, and I have achieved a growing turnover in Australia.
Q: What are the most positive aspects of living in Queensland?
A: I spend plenty of time talking with people, and attend events such as the Caravan & Outdoor Show in the Gold Coast to get closer to and understand the life of an Australian. I am hoping I will bring with my advanced products to Australia and benefit people in the future.
Q: Advice to others considering State Nomination?
A: A business visa was the best option for me moving to Queensland. Good surroundings, nice people and mild weather give me many pleasures. I have never considered leaving here since I first arrived.
Q: What are your next steps?
A: For me, I am going to purchase a piece of land, on which to build a lithium battery factory and to grow bigger and stronger as a world-class enterprise.
Last published: 2:29 PM, Friday, 10 December 2021