2023 - Nov 17, 2023

Event report – The 2nd and 3rd days of Fact-Finding Mission in Shanghai

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭-𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧!

💡The 2nd day began with a visit to the first Chinese company on our trip: DeepBlue Technology Official. Founded in 2014 and a pioneer in the #AI industry ecosystem, the Shanghai-based company now has 1’000 employees. It is active in technologies as varied as computer vision, autonomous driving, biological intelligence and cognitive intelligence. Among their biggest successes in 2019 was the launch of #Smart Panda Bus, whose special feature is its ability to drive with AI without a driver, while remaining under human supervision (= L4 Autonomous Vehicles). A lively exchange took place with Dr. Li Zehan, Group Vice President.

The afternoon was dedicated to a visit to the 6th China International Import Expo, of which we are the official partner for Swiss participation. We first stopped by our booth to give an insight into how the Swiss SMEs we host promote their products and services in China. The (very!) many #visitors proved to be a great #success! An opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine, savour a biscuit or try your hand at watchmaking…Swiss, of course!

⚡We had then the luck to be welcomed by Lars Eckerlein on ABB booth. A fascinating and detailed tour of this #technology leader in #electrification and #automation, which has nearly 30 entities in China (its 2nd largest market after the USA) and employs 15,000 people.

Finally, we visited the IQAir: First in Air Quality booth, a leading Swiss air quality technology company, specializing in protection against #airborne #pollutants, developing air quality monitoring and air cleaning products. Little known in Switzerland, it is a must in China for all those who care about the air they breathe! Many thanks to his #CEO Frank Hammes for his warm welcome and discussions with our delegation.

🥂The day ended with our iconic Sino-Swiss Business Reception, co-organized with the Swiss #Consulate in Shanghai and attended by a record 260 participants. Juerg Burri, Swiss Ambassador to China, was our guest of honour, gives a interesting keynote speech, The event was moderated by Sacha Bachmann, Swiss Consul General in Shanghai.

🙏 A warm thank you to our sponsors Schindler GroupFHH – Fondation Haute Horlogerie, WE.UBSSika, and other in-kind sponsors, partners, exhibitors, and guests!

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