創辦源起 - The Origins

公元 2014 年中旬,楓邑國際創辦人與音宗企業股份有限公司(In Tzong Enterprise Co., Ltd.)前董事長談論到後 2008 全球金融海嘯時代,以及 2010 年的臺中縣市合併升格,對於原縣治所在地「豐原」所造成的政經影響。顯而易見的是,這座城鎮的中心商業區(CBD)正由以往工商繁榮的景象,呈現漸趨蕭條的景況。除了期待公部門的振興方案外,身為在地企業家,音宗企業前董座毅然決定加碼投資家鄉並鼓勵青年創業,而與本公司創辦人開始商討合夥成立一間辦公總部位於豐原的新企業。

另一方面,臺灣是座以「貿易立國」的海島,楓邑國際創辦人在創業前亦任職於臺中(潭子)加工出口區附近的一家中小型國際貿易公司,擔任產品專案經理(國外業務)。在參考了鄰國日本特有之「商社」概念後,確立了將新創立的公司定位為「綜合型國際貿易公司」,著手展開創業的相關籌備事宜。而辦公總部的選址,則是由音宗前董座提供其位在豐原廟東商圈的「芝柏信義大廈」閒置樓層,委託予本公司創辦人進行整修與活化,成為了楓邑國際的發跡地。創辦人賣掉了其個人投資而持有多年的第一金控、中鋼、中華電信與臺灣水泥等多家上市公司的股票,以籌足楓邑國際創立初期所需資金。公元 2014 年 7 月份,本公司正式完成立案登記程序。

 

Around mid-2014, the founder of Mapleton International Corp. has discussed with the former President of In Tzong Enterprise Co., Ltd. about the prospects of Fengyuan District, Taichung where is not only the hometown for both of them, but also the former county seat of Taichung County. Unfortunately, due to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and the 2010 Taichung County-City Consolidation, Fengyuan was gradually losing its relative importance of political and economic position in Taiwan. It was obvious to see that the downtown of Fengyuan has been turning from industrial and commercial prosperity to depression. Besides some revitalisation programs from the public sector, as a local entrepreneur, the former President of In Tzong Enterprise resolutely decided to increase his investment in Fengyuan, supporting local youth entrepreneurship. As a result, the establishment plan of Mapleton International Corporation was officially started.

Furthermore, Taiwan is an island, basing its development on trade. Before found MPTI, the company founder has also worked as a project manager (international sales representative) in a SME trading company which is located nearby the Taichung (Tanzi) Export Processing Zone. In addition, refer to the concept of Japanese "general trading companies (sogo shosha)", MPTI is self-positioned as an "integrated international trading company." Regarding the selection of the corporate headquarters location, the former President of In Tzong Enterprise has been inexpensively offering his abandoned building floors (located on the top three floors of the GP Xinyi Building) to MPTI for revitalising and reusing. In order to getting enough founds to establish the company, the MPTI founder sold his personal investment of shareholdings: First Financial Holding Co.,Ltd., CSC, Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., Taiwan Cement Co., Ltd., and so no. In July 2014, the company registration was completed.

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