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Syngenta Back home, Carroll and his colleagues work with community colleges, chambers of commerce, local and regional economic developers, federal offcials and private allies to help Tar Heel businesses discover ways to connect with the global economy. He refers to the network as part of ���an infrastructure that needs to be in place with FDI and trade development.��� The state���s food products and home furnishings are proving popular with foreign consumers. The state���s two ports are assets that integrate North Carolina���s business community in the worldwide marketplace. About one out of every 10 jobs in the state relies on exports, Commerce researchers found in a 2010 study. That fgure is poised to increase as the ports in Morehead City and Wilmington continue to grow as conduits for global trade. In the fscal year ended June 30, 2012, they handled more than 6.6 million tons of cargo. India, China, Belgium, Brazil and South Korea are the state���s largest trade partners by tonnage through the ports, according to the N.C. State Ports Authority. Tar Heel airports play an equally vital role. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is home to US Airways Inc.���s largest hub, which employs more than 7,000 people in the state. The Tempe, Ariz.-based airline operates more than 600 fights from the Queen City to 136 destinations each day. Among those are nonstops to 26 foreign cities, including Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. In the third quarter of 2012, US Airways added service from Charlotte to Sao Paulo, Brazil, says Davian Anderson, an airline spokesman. The company and its US Airways Express commuter airline connect Charlotte with six North Carolina cities, making international destinations no more than a single connection from every corner of the state. ���Charlotte is a very important airport in US Air���s international market,��� Anderson says. Hans Engels, former president and CEO of Greenville-based DSM Pharmaceuticals Inc., likes the one-stop service he can get to the West Coast through Charlotte. While in Greenville, he was only a 90-minute drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and its array of daily fights to the Northeast. The company, a unit of Netherlands-based Royal DSM N.V., maintains a million-square-foot contract-manufacturing plant that makes pharmaceutical products for leading names such as Switzerland-based F. Hoffmann La Roche Ltd., United Kingdom-based Glaxo-SmithKline PLC and New Yorkbased Pfzer Inc. ���This part of the pharmaceutical business is really taking off,��� Engels says. Production strategies are being transformed as drugmakers rely more on smaller volume production of higher-value medications. ���They need much more fexibility in their value chain. That means third-party manufacturers.��� The plant relies on easy truck access to Interstate 95 to move products to market. The 850-employee operation also requires an uninterSyngenta researchers in North Carolina will seek ways to feed Earth���s growing population. 24 North Carolina Economic Development Guide

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