2023 - Nov 17, 2023

Event report – Last stop visits of Fact-Finding Mission in Shenzhen

๐–๐ž๐ฅ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จย #Shenzhen! ๐‹๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ ๐จ๐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ญ๐จ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐ฉย #China‘๐ฌย #innovationย ๐ก๐ฎ๐›๐ฌ.

๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ 5๐ญ๐ก ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  2 ๐ ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ:ย BYDย ๐š๐ง๐ย DJI. ๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐œ๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒย Philippe Praz,ย #Consulย ๐†๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿย #Switzerlandย ๐ข๐ง ๐†๐ฎ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ณ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ, ๐š๐ง๐ย Kuno Gschwend ๆ–ฝไธ‡ๅพท, ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐žย Swiss Business Hub China.

โšก๐Ÿš—The first was founded in 1995 and is a global manufacturing conglomerate with a focus onย #battery-driven products. Their portfolio today includesย #automobiles,ย #railย systems and solar panels.ย BYD‘s automobile segment has been especially successful, overtakingย #Teslaย as the world’s largestย #EVย manufacturer last year.

Present in Europe (BYD EUROPE) since 1998, their passenger cars are already present in 20 European countries (70 worldwide). By October 2023, 5.7 million NEVs (= new energy vehicles) were produced. Not yet estblished in Switzerland,ย Vincent Subiliaย took the liberty of pointing out that “BYDย has its space on theย #Swissย #market!โ€.

The visit concluded with a test drive of 5 models currently sold in Europe, from small city cars to sports cars.

๐Ÿš๐Ÿ•น๏ธWe then visitedย DJI, by far the world’s largest manufacturer of consumerย #drones. In addition to this well-known aspect, since 2020 the company has been developing a line of professional drones and cameras, in partnership withย Hasselblad. Founded in 2006 with a staff of 20,ย DJIย now employs 14,000 people, 20% of whom work in R&D.

For the occasion, we were lucky to have a focus on theย #Swissย #marketย (distributed byย Alltron AG), where the company is active in 5 segments:
1๏ธโƒฃ ๐˜—๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ:ย DJIย has saved 1,014 lives thanks to its technology.
2๏ธโƒฃ ๐˜ˆ๐˜Œ๐˜Š & ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ: with Alpine hiking trails surveying, for example.
3๏ธโƒฃ ๐˜Œ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ: includingย Axpo Groupย dam inspection
4๏ธโƒฃ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ: did you know that 14,221 fawns (often killed by mowing machines) were saved thanks to their drones?
5๏ธโƒฃ ๐˜ˆ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ: enabling reduced pesticide use andย #environmentย #monitoring.

๐ŸธFor our final evening, we co-organized with theย #Consulateย General ofย #Switzerlandย inย #Guangzhou, theย Swiss Business Hub Chinaย andย SwissCham Chinaย South China chapter a Sino-Swiss Business Afterwork in the SanYou bar, part of the Hope Group, founded by 2ย EHLย alumniย Bastien Cioccaย and Andrew Ho.

๐ŸทNearly 70 people joined in this magnificent evening, where participants had the opportunity to taste the wine of the only Swissย #winemakerย established in China,ย Yves Roduit, founder ofย Chรขteau Roduit.

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11.11.2023 ๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ง๐š ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ:
1๏ธโƒฃ ๐’๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ’ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ
2๏ธโƒฃ ๐’๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž 2009, ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒย Alibaba Group, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐—๐—๐‹ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐…๐ซ๐ข๐๐š๐ฒ
3๏ธโƒฃ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ 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จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž “(๐‘๐ž)๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ง๐š: ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐…๐š๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐†๐ฅ๐จ๐›๐š๐ฅ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ?” ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐›๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ง ๐๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ 6 ๐ข๐ง ๐’๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐š๐ข!

For this 6th day, we turned our attention to one of the world’s best-known Chinese companies:ย Huawei.

โ„น๏ธLeading provider ofย #ICTย infrastructure and smart devices, the company currently employs 207,000 people, is present in over 170 countries and has achieved sales of USD 92.4 bn in 2022, around 40% of which abroad.

๐Ÿ’กConstantly investing in R&D (CNY 977.3 bn in the last decade), 25.1% of their revenue was dedicated to this in 2022. 55.4% of their employees work in R&D, andย Huaweiย has the world’s largestย #patentย portfolio: 120,000 active patents! By way of comparison, an average of 10,000 patents/year are filed for the wholeย #Switzerland

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญIn Switzerland,ย Huaweiย has been present for 15 years and has 4 sites (Bern,ย Ville de Lausanne, Zurich and Dรผbendorf) where it employs more than 400 people. This geographical spread enables them to be as close as possible to their customers, who areย Swisscom,ย Sunrise GmbHย andย Salt Mobile.

๐Ÿ“We had the chance to visit both theirย #HQ, where we visited their exhibition hall dedicated to their B2B solutions. Then, after an hour’s drive, the doors of their Songshan Lakeย #Campusย opened up to us. A massive 1.4 km2 complex modeled after several European cities (includingย #Fribourg!) and sights. Even more Swiss, the train connecting the zones of the campus is imported from Switzerland! On this site, 25,000 employees are entirely dedicated toย #research. A truly impressive and extraordinary visit in the truest sense of the word!

๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธFinally, we were lucky enough to meet Nora Cao, Vice President Public Affairs. It was a privileged moment, as our delegation was able to talk freely about a wide range of subjects, includingย #innovation, corporate governance, the trade war with theย #USAย and Huawei’s image outside China.

โžก๏ธ๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐š ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž, ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š ๐๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค’๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ (๐ซ๐ž)๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ง๐š ๐š๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž, ๐›๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž!

๐Ÿ™Finally, we would like to sincerely thank all the participants in this fact-finding mission for their presence, the many discussions and the excellent atmosphere throughout this dense trip!

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