Our Story

 

Our Story

In 2017, Chin Communications celebrates 25 years of great communications. After all these years, we’re proud to be Australia’s leading Chinese language specialists.

Australian businesses, organisations, and governments needed a clear, effective voice to speak to the Chinese market, so we came along. That was 25 years ago. The rest is quite literally history.

1973

China and Australia sign their first trade agreement valued at $113 million.

1978

Deng Xiaoping, then leader of the People’s Republic of China, famously proclaims: “It doesn’t matter the colour of the cat, as long as it catches mice”, introducing market-oriented reforms. This would be the start of China’s mighty economic rise.

The 1980s

China’s “coming of age” – a period that saw a series of sweeping political, economic, and cultural changes.

1992

Chin Communications is born, answering a need to build bridges between Australia and China. We started as a Chinese translation and interpreting company, with a mission to help Australian businesses get into the China market, and setting up offices at 20 Queen Street, Melbourne.

1993

Our hard work pays off. Chin Communications makes our mark in the industry due to our understanding of both Australian and Chinese institutions, systems, and business protocols. We work with organisations to bridge the gap through accurate communications and by adopting the most apt technology available at the time. Read about our services.

1996

We move offices to 459 Little Collins Street, Melbourne.

1998

Chin relocates to 160 Queen Street, Melbourne.

2001

China becomes a member of the World Trade Organization.

2002

Chin Communications celebrates a successful decade. We also launch our Chinese design and typesetting services to the public. It started with the translation and typesetting of Chinese business cards, before steadily expanding to also provide multimedia production, website localisation, and Chinese branding.

2003

We move offices to 350 Collins Street, Melbourne, making this home for the next 8 years.

2007

China surpasses Japan as Australia’s number one trading partner.

2008

We watch with awe as the Olympic torch in Beijing is lit. The date is 8 August 2008 – chosen because the number 8 is considered to be auspicious by the Chinese.

2010

China hosts the World Trade Expo.

2011

Chin moves into its own tailor-made offices at 221 Queen Street, Melbourne, to accommodate a growing team.

2012

We establish the Chin Communications Masters Scholarship for Mandarin-English Interpreters at Monash University on our 20th birthday.

2013

Chin Communications wins the Excellence in Interpreting Award from the Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators for our Mandarin interpreting on the Dairy Australia Scholarship Program. We also earn ‘Highly Commended’ status from the Melbourne3000+ Awards.

2014

We welcome more than 20 years of achievements with a rebrand of our identity. The new logo is derived from the ancient seal script – a style of calligraphy crafted with handmade tools reminiscent of the Qin Dynasty (221–207 BC) – and the brand’s creator, Design by Bird, is shortlisted for the Create Design Awards in the Identity category. Read more about the Chin logo.

In other news, China overtakes the US as the world’s largest economy (by purchasing power parity), and shows no signs of slowing down.

2015

Australia and China negotiate a Free Trade Agreement. Australia-China two-way trade is valued at over $150 billion. Chin has been involved since the first round of negotiations in 2005.

2016

Charles Qin OAM, Managing Director & Chief Interpreter, awarded the medal for ‘services to international relations, particularly through translation and interpreting’.

Chin establishes a base in Sydney to service a growing client list.

2017

Chin Communications is 25 years old. It’s been an epic ride and we wear our wrinkles with pride. Meet the team.