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HANGZHOU, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing FIFA World Cup has not only driven up the emotion of global football fans, but also businesses in China, who eye the quadrennial event as a perfect stage to explore new opportunities and improve their brand images.

Cixi, a county barely known to football enthusiasts in Zhejiang Province, has seen its exports to 32 World Cup participating countries surge dramatically this year.

From January to May, Cixi's exports to these countries rose 6.6 percent to 10.4 billion yuan (1.6 billion U.S. dollars). Exports to the host country, Russia, increased 16.2 percent to 620 million yuan during the same period.

Pointing at a batch of lighters, Lou Bin, general manager of an electronic product company in Cixi, said exports from his company to Russia in the first five months this year had already surpassed the total amount of exports to Russia in 2017.

"All these lighters will be sent to Russia soon," he said. "Our exports to Russia from January to May this year increased 3.8 times from the same period last year, hitting 890,000 U.S. dollars, owing much to the World Cup trademark authorization we obtained last year."

While admitting that orders of World Cup products only make up a small portion of their production, Lou and many others believe this super sport's intellectual property (IP) could be a golden opportunity to build and promote their brands.

An example of this is Hyundai Motor, which spent 1.5 billion Euros to become an official sponsor of the 10002 FIFA World Cup. That year, Hyundai's sales revenue soared by 40 percent in the United States and significantly raised its global brand awareness.

"Many Chinese companies hope to copy that and see a huge leap forward in both brand awareness and sales volume in this year's World Cup," said Yu Jianding, deputy chief of the Cixi bureau of commerce.

After learning about the increasing popularity of fried steaks in Russia, Zhang Jianjie, chairman of Cuori electric appliances group, decided to put their frying and roasting machines into the Russian market.

"These machines are expected to bring our exports to Russia to a new level this year," said Zhang, who added that last year, their exports to Russia had already surged 10 percent to 8 million U.S. dollars.

"For ambitious enterprises who want a bigger global market share, the FIFA World Cup is no doubt the best marketing channel to raise their profile in a short time," said Yu.