MANAGEMENT Investment & Technology (Holdings) (MIT) has spent about $10 million setting up plants in Shunde and Suzhou to make lighting equipment. Vice-president Lee King-shing said the plants were allowed to sell up to 30 per cent of their products in China. He said the 30,000 sq ft Shunde plant, in Guangdong province, was a 51 per cent-owned joint venture with the local government, while the 20,000 sq ft Suzhou factory, in Jiangsu province, was a co-operative project with the authorities there. The company has expanded production to supply its developing retail, wholesale and distribution network. Mr Lee said MIT had established some 20 shops - mainly selling MIT-produced lighting fixtures - in large cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. The company planned to open shops in other cities such as Tangshan, Shenyang, Tianjin, Harbin, Changchun and Lanzhou. Mr Lee said there was heavy demand for lighting products in China, especially from hotels and commercial premises. MIT planned to win contracts designing and fitting lighting equipment in such businesses. The group is also developing cheap electronic weighing scales for the China market. Mr Lee said he expected a significant increase in China sales next year. He forecast that sales of lighting fixtures would account for about 40 per cent of group turnover this year, from 30 per cent last year. Its main product, smoke detectors, would account for more than 40 per cent of sales.