Freeman and the others had arrived at Marquis Southgate’s territory several days late because of the poor road conditions and the broken bridge. When Xu Yi met them, he talked to them a bit before heading back to the Stantine Duchy.
Although he didn’t achieve all his goals in the Marlow Empire this time, not only had he signed quite a few contracts with Marquis Southgate, he had also made contact with the upper level of the Marlow Empire through Marquis Southgate, also signing a few contracts with them.
Even if Marquis Southgate’s old friend Duke Makaros was doubtful of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s agricultural magic machines, he had suddenly sent someone before Xu Yi left. He told Xu Yi that he wanted the Cantona Chamber of Commerce to harvest a third of his territory.
He wanted to use this experiment to confirm the effects of the agricultural magic machines that Xu Yi had told him before.
Other than the stubborn Duke Makaros, the other Marlow Empire nobles that Marquis Southgate introduced also showed their willingness to test it.
So for this fall harvest, the Cantona Chamber of Commerce received business for over three hundred thousands of hectares of land which can be considered a large deal.
Moreover, those nobles promised that if the Cantona Chamber of Commerce could perform as well as Xu Yi had said during the fall harvest, they would consider giving the business of planting and opening up more farmland to the Cantona Chamber of Commerce.
Compared to harvesting, that was where the real big business was.
Cantona as the chairman placed great importance on being able to smoothly enter the Marlow Empire’s agricultural market. He stayed on Marquis Southgate’s territory almost every day, leading his subordinates to carefully inspect the farmland on the territory. They had to give them a perfect performance for the fall harvest.
So Cantona had contacted Xu Yi, hoping that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce could ensure that the Cantona Chamber of Commerce would have enough agricultural magic machines and construction magic machines, that way they would be able to smoothly finish this job.
Of course Xu Yi supported them. After consulting with him, Xu Yi had a portion of the agricultural magic machines being made in the Drake Duchy be supplied to the Cantona Chamber of Commerce.
Accordingly, the Cantona Chamber of Commerce would have to help the Drake Duchy improve their farmland over the next two years.
Of course, Xu Yi didn’t care about the details of their negotiations. What he needed to do first was head back to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s main base and prepare for the huge demand of the Marlow Empire ahead of time.
The Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s production capacity had always been a problem for Xu Yi, so even if Sancheli had made the automatic production magic machines, which had greatly increased the productivity of the factories, there were still limits to this that made it unable to reach a level that Xu Yi was satisfied with.
The main reason was because of a lack of workers.
The worker problem wasn’t just a lack of people, the most decisive factor was a lack of skilled workers.
It should be said that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce strongly promoted the idea of training magic machine industry skills. Now that there were more and more people who could operate magic machines, this problem wasn’t that serious.
But in terms of magicians, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce found it hard to find a real solution.
The Frestech Chamber of Commerce didn’t need normal magicians, they had to have some understanding of magic machines. They had to know how to lay the various kinds of Magic Arrays and be magicians that were very skilled at Magic Arrays.
In the early periods of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, the requirements in this aspect weren't high. After all, just having magicians come work for the company was already enough to satisfy Xu Yi, how could he still be picky?
But as the Frestech Chamber of Commerce became bigger and bigger, Xu Yi attached great importance to developing the whole magic machine industry. He started putting more precise requirements for the various magic machines, as if what they had before couldn’t satisfy Xu Yi anymore.
As the Frestech Chamber of Commerce spread the concept of standardization to the other companies, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had to strictly follow their own standards.
Like this, there were harsher requirements of the Low Grade Magicians who arranged these Magic Arrays.
Last time Great Magician Ferguson brought fifty magicians over to solve the problem with their living conditions with the help of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce. Xu Yi had clearly stated that these magicians didn’t meet the requirements to work for the Frestech Chamber of Commerce and this was the reason.
If they didn’t have any training or work experience, it was impossible for these magicians to find their job easy at the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
So even if the Frestech Chamber of Commerce became powerful and influential in the surrounding countries, the magicians of the surrounding countries were no longer as opposed to working with them, even rushing over to work for them, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce became picky and started screening these magicians.
So although Xu Yi always wanted to increase their production capacity, because they were limited by the number of magicians, they could never truly increase their scale.
So Great Magician Ferguson suddenly coming on behalf of the Magicians Guild headquarters, asking to work with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, even if Xu Yi was a bit worried, he still was very hopeful. He wanted to use the Magicians Guild headquarters to truly change this problem.
In the months that Great Magician Ferguson had been gone, the Lampuri Kingdom’s Magicians Guild had been smoothly running their seminar on the magic machine industry.
It was only held once every half a month at first, but because it was surprisingly popular with most of the Low Grade Magicians in the Lampuri Kingdom, they had increased the frequency. Now it was being held once a week and there had already been eleven seminars held.
In these seminars, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had sent their own magicians to talk about their experience working for the Frestech Chamber of Commerce. They talked in details about their work at the Frestech Chamber of Commerce to let them have a deeper understanding of the magic machine industry.
After these eleven seminars, there were many Low Grade Magicians that were spurred on by the magicians sent by the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, developing a strong interest in entering the magic machine industry.
But compared to when they had no idea at all, after these eleven seminars, they had a clear understanding.
The conclusion they drew was the same as the magic research facility. The magic machine industry was incomparably big and there were many fields of research that needed large amounts of magicians. They didn’t need to know everything, as long as they acted like they were studying magic and focused on a topic, they would be able to meet the requirements.
So after the Frestech Chamber of Commerce announced that they would be setting up a magic machine industry academy in the Stantine Duchy, focused on teaching magicians about the magic machine industry, in just half a month, there were over two thousand Primary and Second Grade Magicians who had enrolled.
As for some Third Grade and higher magicians, they also expressed their willingness to learn about the magic machine industry, so this academy became the center of attention for the Low Grade Magicians in the surrounding countries.
Moreover, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce offered quite good terms for those who came to the school.
As long as they were willing to sign an agreement that promised that once they were able to work in the magic machine industry, they would first consider the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, they could go to school for free.
If they even accepted some more conditions, they could even have had all their living expenses paid for.
These two conditions were without a doubt attractive for the Low Grade Magicians who had poor economic situations, so even if some newspapers said that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s attack with money was an insult to the noble magicians, there were countless magicians who chose to accept the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s conditions.
When Xu Yi came back from the Marlow Empire and saw the report, there were already one thousand three hundred and sixteen Low Grade Magicians who had signed contracts with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce. Over half of them were even willing to sign the further conditions of the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
At the same time, there were countless Low Grade Magicians that came from the Lampuri Kingdom and the surrounding kingdoms to the academy.
If nothing unexpected happened, these two figures would keep increasing.
This situation was not a surprise for Xu Yi since the magicians of the surrounding countries were already used to the magic machine industry, they weren’t against it like the first few years.
Moreover, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had given such good conditions that it was simply impossible for those magicians that were poor to reject.
Xu Yi didn’t expect all of them to become talented people to work in the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s magic machine industry, but with such a large base, he should be able to pick a few good ones.
The most important thing was that by doing this, he could put an idea in the heads of the magicians of the surrounding countries. It wasn’t that just by studying magic that they could become powerful magicians.
It wasn’t that every magician had the talent to become a powerful Great Magician or an Arch Magus, so other than focusing on studying magic, they could also choose to join the magic machine industry.
This was something that Xu Yi hoped the Magicians Guild headquarters could understand.