Headquartered in China, the company already has offices in Indonesia and India. Mr. Zhihui Lu, MMC’s CEO, speaking from his offices in China says: “As MMC’s worldwide operations continue to expand, it made sense to open up a North American office. We feel that the US and North America are leaders in the commercial drone marketplace and opening our office there will help us to better serve our clients and solution provider partners.” The choice of Portland, which is home to a growing number of drone services companies, has been a good one for the company. “Portland is a vibrant area -we are pleased to be a part of it,” said Lu.
Sarah May, the company’s U.S. lead, says it was time to create a presence in the U.S.. “As commercial drone supplier, we think it’s vital that we are close to our clients to provide support and after sales service to guarantee their experience with MMC drones. With more and more requests from the States, it’s the right time for MMC to move to the U.S. and support our users here.” says May. “The drone industry in the U.S. is so vibrant and innovative – we’re happy to be part of it, and contribute to the development of the industry.”
In addition to being a support office, the MMC U.S. will also serve as a business development center. “As the industry matures, we are aggressively looking to partner with drone solutions providers in the US and worldwide; and having a presence in US will help us in those efforts,” says Lu.
MMC has spent the last several years building a brand as the “tractor” of drone platforms; with offerings in precision agriculture, public safety, and applications specific to their long distance drones such as surveying and inspections. MMC has leveraged the low-cost manufacturing environment that Shenzhen China offers with an integrated design/development team to build a suite of durable drones with long flight times and high payloads. They are currently pursuing partnership opportunities with service providers in surveying, agriculture, public safety, or other heavy commercial applications.
For more information or to contact the company, they can be reached at MMC.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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