Enrique wasn’t the only one who was invited to enrol in the Chimera Chamber of Commerce’s foundational magic academy because this time, the Chimera Chamber of Commerce had built forty three of these magic academies across the Candra Empire. Each one would be recruiting over two hundred students, so the total number of students was over ten thousand.
Moreover, according to the plan the Chimera Chamber of Commerce announced, they would be working with the Candra Empire government to promote the foundational magic machine industry knowledge represented by this foundational magic academy across the empire.
With the huge territory of the Candra Empire, this plan would clearly require a shocking amount of funds and manpower to be invested.
“Why is the Chimera Chamber of Commerce suddenly so enthusiastic?” Kennard felt that this was very strange, “Those fellows had always treated us neither coldly or looked down on us, but this time they took the initiative to cooperate with us and were this willing to spend money. This is just too strange.”
“Perhaps they might have suddenly thought this through.” Xu Yi said with a smile, “Of course, if we have to talk about it, I think that it’s the upper level of the Candra Empire not willing to see our company go even further in. Things like elementary education are very important for a company, so it’s not strange that the Candra Empire wants to grasp it in their own hands.”
“Un, that makes sense.” Kennard nodded. After being silent for a bit, he took out another document for Xu Yi, “The elementary education can be explained, but I feel that there’s still a problem with this.”
“Is that so?”
Xu Yi took the document and found that it was an official letter from the Chimera Chamber of Commerce. It contained a cooperation agreement sent to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce about a lumber business that the Chimera Chamber of Commerce operated.
The content of the contract was that the Chimera Lumber Chamber of Commerce hoped that the Frestech Heavy Machine Chamber of Commerce would be able to make some new heavy magic machines for them, which would be used to transport lumber.
“What problem is there?” Xu Yi looked at Kennard with a surprised look, “Isn’t it normal to design a custom made magic machine for another company?”
“The problem is the following part.” Kennard calmly flipped to the last page for Xu Yi and pointed at a paragraph in the middle.
Xu Yi looked at it and knitted his brows.
It seemed that in this contract, the Chimera Lumber Chamber of Commerce had proposed that in order to build relations, both sides would exchange 5% shares in their company to further their relationship.
Just based on this, it was the Frestech Heavy Machine Chamber of Commerce that got a cheap deal.
Because the Chimera Chamber of Commerce was the biggest company on the continent. The Chimera Lumber Chamber of Commerce was a super large company that monopolized the lumber industries of many countries, including the Candra Empire. Whether it was scale or output, they all far surpassed the Frestech Heavy Machine Chamber of Commerce.
It was the same 5% shares, but they represented different values.
But if one looked carefully, they would find that the Chimera Lumber Chamber of Commerce had also added another condition behind this. In order to guarantee that the magic machines specially designed for them would suit their needs, the Chimera Lumber Chamber of Commerce wanted to participate in the development process of these magic machines.
This condition made it very clear what they were up to.
It was clear that the Chimera Lumber Chamber of Commerce wanted to participate in the development process to get the technical data, or rather to accumulate some research experience.
“Hei, this Chimera Chamber of Commerce really is willing to pay.” Xu Yi couldn’t help smiling, “Just for some experience, they’re actually willing to offer 5% of their shares. If we were willing to give them all the heavy magic machine technology, do you think they would be willing to give the Chimera Lumber Chamber of Commerce to us?”
“Of course they would.” Kennard said without any hesitation, “Even if we took all their shares, that wouldn’t mean that the Chimera Lumber Chamber of Commerce would be able to operate as smoothly as before. It might even cost us quite a bit in the end. They can also obtain the technical data that they want the most, so in the long term, it’s effective for them no matter what.”
“Why do you think so?” Xu Yi looked at Kennard.
Kennard was surprised, “Could it be that sir chairman doesn’t think the same?”
“Me?” Xu Yi looked at the document in his hand before throwing it onto the table and stretching out his waist, “It doesn’t matter what I think because…..this isn’t related to me.”
Kennard was stunned before anxiously saying, “Sir chairman, how can you say that it isn’t related to you? I think that this is a plot that the Chimera Chamber of Commerce is using against our Frestech Chamber of Commerce! The Chimera Chamber of Commerce excels in swallowing other companies bit by bit like this! They’ve done this countless times!”
“Is that so? Since you know, you will let it happen?” Xu Yi asked back with a smile.
“This……” Kennard thought about it before shaking his head, “Of course I wouldn’t let them take our hard work that easily! I will definitely stop them!”
Xu Yi revealed a smile, “Kennard, I just want to remind you that sometimes, you need to look a bit further. As for other suggestions……”
Xu Yi spread his hand, “Since the Chimera Lumber Chamber of Commerce is proposing this to the Frestech Heavy Machine Chamber of Commerce, then the decision should lay in their hands. You as the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s CEO should only give suggestions and shouldn’t do unnecessary things, you should let them handle this themselves.”
“How could that work? If they face the Chimera Chamber of Commerce alone, they will be swallowed sooner or later!” Kennard said in an agitated voice.
“Then let them be swallowed.” Xu Yi’s smile suddenly disappeared as his face turned ice cold, “Cut them off, this is a test that they have to take alone. If they can’t cut it, then they are not qualified.”
“But…..But sir chairman, if the Chimera Chamber of Commerce succeeds this time, they will make moves in other places. I’m worried…..that if we don’t deal with them properly our entire company might be swallowed by the Chimera Chamber of Commerce.”
“Relax, even if the Chimera Chamber of Commerce swallows the other divisions of our company, as long as we control the magic research facility and the military magic machine department, or rather as long as I’m here, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce will exist.”
Hearing the confident tone in Xu Yi’s voice, Kennard was silent for a bit before slowly nodding.
Sir chairman was right. Although the Frestech Chamber of Commerce was countless times bigger compared to before, their core was their technology, or rather just sir chairman himself.
As long as sir chairman was here, the Frestech Chamber of Commerce would be here.
This was something that the Chimera Chamber of Commerce couldn’t swallow.
Thinking of this, the worry in Kennard’s heart faded quite a bit. He looked at the document in his hand before saying with a smile, “Alright, sir chairman, I will take care of this matter at my own discretion.”
Xu Yi shook his head, thinking that Kennard still hadn’t broken free of his set ways.
Perhaps the Frestech Chamber of Commerce had risen too quickly and developed too fast, so even Kennard as the CEO couldn’t change his own thoughts. He always put himself in a lower position and when facing the Chimera Chamber of Commerce, which was the number one company on the continent, he would be unnecessarily nervous and careful.
Of course, that didn’t mean that Xu Yi felt that Kennard’s judgement was wrong. Rather he felt that Kennard’s judgment was very accurate, the Chimera Chamber of Commerce definitely was trying to plot against the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
But with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s current position on the continent, with the momentum of the magic machine industry, not just the Chimera Chamber of Commerce, there wasn’t a single company or a single country on the continent that could plot against the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
They could be discrete, but delaying their own development wasn’t worth it.
For example, although the Chimera Chamber of Commerce obviously had other plans, to Xu Yi, the Chimera Chamber of Commerce trying to get closer to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce, taking the initiative to increase the magic machine industry foundational knowledge in the Candra Empire, investing large amounts of money and manpower into setting up these foundational magic academies actually helped Xu Yi quite a bit.
The industrial revolution on earth had proved one thing, it was that talented people didn’t forget to climb higher.
Even if there were many magic machine industry talents in the Candra Empire in the future, the Candra Empire’s magic industry system wasn’t perfect and wasn’t at a high enough level. These talented people would flow to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce in the end.
So in the end, it would be very likely that the Candra Empire would be fostering talents for the Frestech Chamber of Commerce.
This was something that had been clear in the magician circle.
Since Arch Magus Levin Hasko fell to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce five years ago, the attention of all magicians on the continent had turned their way. The Frestech Chamber of Commerce’s number of magicians had surged and now the magic research facility had over ten thousand Low Grade Magicians.
Even Arch Magus Sarandal Clay took the initiative to work for the Frestech Chamber of Commerce. The Frestech Chamber of Commerce had already started building relations with thirteen of the other twenty five Arch Magi, letting those thirteen Arch Magi cooperate with the Frestech Chamber of Commerce in researching magic.
Even if they didn’t have clear relations with the other twelve Arch Magi, they still paid attention to the Frestech Chamber of Commerce. It was even said that more than half of them were already secretly researching magic machines.
So that meant that the current Frestech Chamber of Commerce was the organization with the best magic resources on the continent, even surpassing the Magicians Guild.
Xu Yi believed that this trend wouldn’t just appear in the magician circle, it would also be the same with the talents of the magic machine industry.
Of course, that premise was that the Frestech Chamber of Commerce would always have their technological lead.