Large Cos. Join Hands with Venture Firms to Pound O'seas Mart

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Endeavoring to generate the synergistic effects of global networking and high technological power, the nation's large enterprises and venture businesses are seeking to join hands in their bids to advance into overseas markets.

The large companies, mostly composed of general trading houses, are making increased investments into the technology-intensive venture firms while helping the fledgling concerns engage in trade with foreign counterparts through their overseas marketing networks.

In return, the venture companies furnish the general trading firms with chances to distribute technology-heavy products with both price competitiveness and outstanding quality.

SK Corp. recently helped Korean Source, an Internet trading venture firm, jump into the overseas business to business (B2B) market jointly with a leading Indonesian Group.

SK Corp., which has invested in a 10 percent stake of the venture company, played a mediating role for the two companies to set up a strategic tie-up through SK Corp.'s branch in Jakarta.

Korean Source recently signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect and set up a task-force speeding up efforts to inaugurate a joint venture corporation in Shanghai, China. The venture company is set to install a comprehensive B2B solution based on a Chinese site.

``We have been offering assistance for the firm to enter the Chinese market and Chinese businesses will be fully delegated to the company,'' said an SK official.

LG International recently agreed with Medidas, an Internet service provider in the medical area, and Waiki Holdings of China to establish an e-commerce Internet company in China. …