2023 - Nov 17, 2023

Event report – 24 hours in Hangzhou of Fact-Finding Mission

24 ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ข๐งย #Hangzhou…๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญโฌ‡๏ธ

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ 4 ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž 14 ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ-๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง. ๐–๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐จย Alibaba Cloud, ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง 2009 ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ข๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐-๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐žย Alibaba Group, ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ 24 ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ ๐จ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐œ๐ค ๐Œ๐š.

We were welcomed by Dr.ย Ye Huang, General Manager of DACH, Benelux, and CEE Region. A graduate of theย Universitรฉ de Fribourg – Universitรคt Freiburg, he is based in Frankfurt, where he manages some 20 employees.

Alibaba Cloudย is one of the early players in this field, and is now present in 89 zones almost everywhere in the world. No. 1 in Asia, they also rank 3rd worldwide, with a 7.8% market share (by 2022). They are active inย #financialย services,ย #retail,ย #mediaย andย #entertainment,ย #manufacturingย andย #web3.0.

They also have numerous academic collaborations, for example withย EPFL (ร‰cole polytechnique fรฉdรฉrale de Lausanne)ย andย ETH Zรผrichย inย #research.

The second part of the day was devoted to a meeting withย Lucas Rondezย who has been based in Hangzhou for the past 15 years. A true serialย #entrepreneur, he now headsย TAROMED, an innovativeย #medicalย equipment and supply company, specialized in producingย #protectiveย #equipmentย forย #healthcareย professionals and civil workers such as isolation gowns and liquid collection solutions. Lucas and his Chinese partner set up their company in response to theย #covid19ย pandemic.

President ofย SwissCham China‘s Shanghai chapter, Lucas shared his rocky journey as a foreign entrepreneur in China, where after stints atย UBS,ย Bank of Hangzhou Co., Ltd.ย and Ping’An Bank (ๅนณๅฎ‰้“ถ่กŒ), he successively foundedย nihub Innovation Centerย (a start-up incubator) and thenย TAROMED.

TAROMED‘s strength lies in having disrupted a very traditional industry by infusing it with a healthy dose ofย #innovation. They have developed machines (and related software) capable of replacing 150 workers. This has enabled them to guarantee no human contact, and therefore impeccable hygiene, as well as adaptability in the design of their products to customer requirements. Their aim is to produce as close as possible to their customers in order to reduce transport costs.

After a tour of their R&D center, we said goodbye to our host and headed off for the last leg of our journey:ย #Shenzhenย ๐Ÿ›ซ

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