Liu Renjun - Finlays Role Model

Liu has brought a high degree of recognition to Guizhou Province and to Finlays in China with the National Role Model Worker honour.
Liu has brought a high degree of recognition to Guizhou Province and to Finlays in China with the National Role Model Worker honour.
Liu Renjun, a Quality Inspector at James Finlay Guizhou ("JFG"), has been honoured as a "National Role Model Worker" – one of the very highest honours workers in China can achieve. Liu was one of only 1,689 people in the whole of China to receive this honour at the National Role Model Workers and National Exemplary Individuals Commendation Conference in Beijing in November 2020.

Liu joined JFG in 2017 and is a key member of the Quality Assurance and Product Development team. He is responsible for daily production quality, as well as blending teas to develop new products. To Liu, producing or selecting the best teas takes skill and experience: "Only if you are an experienced professional can you make high-quality products. Tea production demands the pursuit of excellence."

With his masterly tea-blending techniques and craftsman spirit, Liu has taken part in numerous competitions and won several awards. One of his proudest moments was winning first prize in the Oolong (green tea) section of the Guizhou Skills Competition of Handmade Tea. "There was fierce competition, with lots of tea masters. I wanted to prove myself but made a small mistake during the "yaoqing" [a critical process of making Oolong tea]. However, I didn't give up and knew I still had the chance to win if I corrected it properly. When the final tea sample came out, I smelt and tasted a grain of dry tea, and felt a huge surge of relief."
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The formula for blending tea requires a degree of craftsmanship.
With his masterly tea-blending techniques and craftsman spirit, Liu has taken part in numerous competitions and won several awards. One of his proudest moments was winning first prize in the Oolong (green tea) section of the Guizhou Skills Competition of Handmade Tea. "There was fierce competition, with lots of tea masters. I wanted to prove myself but made a small mistake during the "yaoqing" [a critical process of making Oolong tea]. However, I didn't give up and knew I still had the chance to win if I corrected it properly. When the final tea sample came out, I smelt and tasted a grain of dry tea, and felt a huge surge of relief."

Liu says working at Finlays gives him a platform to use his strengths and provides a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. "James Finlay Guizhou uses a unique model based around building long and trusted relationships with small and medium-scale tea farmers and processors. When I first joined, as a local, I often went out by motorbike to find new suppliers; within half a year, the mileage on my motorbike exceeded 22,000 km! By 2018 we had established close contacts with 50-60 suppliers and JFG sources natural and pollution-free tea from them."

"It's been a great honour to witness the company start from scratch and be involved in its growth and expansion. I love what I do: tea producing is both a hobby and a career for me. I know I'm still a long way from an experienced tea master, so I'll continue to study, explore my career and grow with James Finlay Guizhou."
Liu Renjun - Finlays Role Model

Liu Renjun - Finlays Role Model

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