Matthew Epps explores Dahua HQ, and has some fun along the way


Having won Dahua Technology’s UK Distributor of the Year award in 2016, Matthew Epps – Managing Director of Oprema – was invited to visit Dahua’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Here he tells us a bit about his trip…

When we found out we’d won Dahua’s prestigious award, I was thrilled - and then they invited me to China! I was pleased to be able to take Dahua up on their offer to visit in October. Upon arrival, I met Dahua’s senior management team who thanked me for Oprema’s ongoing commitment to promoting Dahua’s portfolio of products and supporting their business growth in the UK market.


Dahua is a company that we are happy to support because our relationship with them provides a number of benefits for our customers, including access to the largest stock holding and being among the first to hear about the latest technologies and product releases. We’re also able to deliver regular certified Dahua training courses, which blend hands-on experience with theory, to equip installers with their own knowledge to best utilise Dahua products.

I was joined on the trip by Dahua’s UK & Ireland Sales Manager, Aaron Yan and, keen to forge even stronger ties between the two companies, I met with the new UK & Ireland General Manager, Lilia Zhang and Overseas Director, Michael Chen, as well as various product managers from the UK & Ireland team.

Meeting the senior management team and product managers face-to-face, and seeing the state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities first hand was fantastic, allowing me to gain an even greater understanding of Dahua’s impressive capabilities. During the visit, Aaron and I were provided with updates from all departments on Dahua’s 2018 roadmap, and I’m excited about Oprema being a key part of Dahua’s plans for continued success in the UK.

At Oprema, we like to work hard and play hard, when the opportunity arises. So, the trip wasn’t all work, work, work… Aaron and I had to take the chance to explore. In Hangzhou, we saw the spectacular Impression West Lake night show and the famous show of Songcheng. We also tucked into some amazing food, including ‘Hot Pot’ with the entire Dahua UK & Ireland team. In Shanghai, we enjoyed lots of sightseeing, including a trip up the Shanghai Tower – the Worlds’ second tallest building – and a tour of the Guanfu Museum, located on the 37th floor of the tower.


Other highlights included dining out in areas like ‘The Bund’ and ‘Found 158’ - which is a cool underground selection of bars and restaurants, located in a concrete hole in the ground in the middle of a park, as extraordinary as it sounds - and exploring Chenghuangmiao Old Street, where Aaron took the opportunity to take a little bit of Shanghai home to the rest of the hard-working Oprema team, buying a selection of gifts and souvenirs.

We had a great time with our friends at Dahua, exploring the impressive manufacturing operation and receiving some memorable hospitality. It was a fantastic opportunity to further strengthen our strategic partnership, and for me to explore a unique part of the world.

Aaron Yan commented on the trip, “We were delighted to welcome our largest UK distributor to Dahua in China. I enjoyed joining Matthew on his tour of our headquarters and sampling some of the sights across Hangzhou and Shanghai. I look forward to continuing working closely with Oprema throughout 2018 and onwards”.

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Posted: 04/12/2017 15:20:32 by Michael O'neill | with 0 comments


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