Increased optimism on Chinese infrastructure investment

It is no secret that a period of volatility in China’s stock market this year gave many cause for concern. Since then, a growing debate about the health of the country’s economy has on occasion omitted encouraging signs of stability. In particular, critical clean power, environmental and water infrastructure projects have largely proceeded unhindered thanks to a central government stimulus effort that is beginning again to pick up steam.

Balu Balakrishnan, CEO and Director of Power Integrations, Inc recently offered an optimistic take on the promise of a renewed increase in China’s infrastructure spending after he was asked by an analyst about the government’s appetite for spending:

Evan Wang – Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. “I was wondering if you can give us some comparison against what your expectation earlier in the year that the Chinese Government might be resuming its infrastructure spending as part of the stimulus program and how is that looking now for 2016?”

Balu Balakrishnan – President, Chief Executive Officer & Director “It is actually looking very good. They have resumed investment in infrastructure.There are number of new high-voltage DC transition lines being installed in China. In addition to that, they are converting their public transportation, which is buses, into electric buses starting from Beijing and Shanghai where they have the most pollution, and we have actually a significant portion of that business that we have won on and we expect that to contribute to our growth this year and next year.”

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