Guangzhou Tak Fat Industrial Co. saw the rapid industrial growth in China's Southwest province of Guangdong as an opportunity to tap the huge factory market for pure water in a 5-gal refillable plastic bottle. To learn how to process and package water in that size the Chinese company contacted equipment vendors in the U.S. Two years ago the company installed a Portaplant(TM) bottling line from the Cap Snap Co. division of Portola Packaging (San Jose CA) along with distilling equipment from Aqua Chem (Milwaukee WI). Since then the company has even moved into consumer sizes of bottled water including acting as a contract packager. The U.S. connection began when Shan and Allen Cheng sons of Tak Fat chief Hauyee Cheng were educated in the U.S. The sons began to research a project that would put the company into the bottled water business recognizing concerns over the safety of tap water in China. Eventually they contacted the Intl. Bottled Water Assn. in the U.S. and the group referred them to their packaging equipment members. Tak Fat and Portola began negotiations for equipment that would allow the Chinese company to produce world-class drinking water in 5-gal bottles. Tak Fat needed the expertise of the equipment manufacturer and Portola was excited about demonstrating its packaging equipment in the Chinese market.