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SCC Newsletter December 2018

Dear Swiss Centers Members, Partners and Friends,


In the past few months, the Swiss Centers had the pleasure of welcoming 5 new members into our cluster, namely EAO, Ceramaret, Intamin, CONDIS, Spineart.


Despite the tension and uncertainty between US and China, we are glad to have been witnessing the positive development of Swiss businesses in China. The growing Chinese market with strong demand of high-end and premium products, both in industrial application and consumer goods, offers great opportunities to the Swiss companies.


To cater for this demand, our new business center at Hongqiao CBD was officially kicked-off on Oct 12th, with the honorable presence of Mr. Ambassador, Jean-Jacque de Dardel. Since then, we have been working intensively on decoration and preparation. Today the office is ready for the member companies to move in.  We are very happy to end the year with this milestone, and look forward to an exciting new year of 2019 with all of you.


Thank you, our members, partners and friends, for your continued trust and support. We wish you all a good festival season, and happy to continue to support your business success in the new year!



Zhen Xiao



Swiss Centers China




§   Member News | 5 new members

§   Location Update | Shanghai Hongqiao CBD and 4 others

§   2019 Swiss Business in China Survey

§   Latest Delegations & Events








Member News


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Intamin Amusement Rides, based in Schaan, Liechtenstein, offers the largest complementary line of products in the amusement ride industry.

The company is known from the numerous entries in the Guinness Book of Records for the Highest, the Fastest, the Steepest and further superlatives in amusement rides in the world.





Ceramaret specializes in the manufacture of precision parts in Advanced Ceramics (High Purity Alumina, TZP Zirconia, ATZ and ZTA) for high tech applications.

Ceramaret develops complex ceramic parts and/or assemblies to customer specifications for many different applications. Fluidic, electronic and tribology applications are the main area of activities.

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EAO, a Swiss family-owned company founded in 1947, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality industrial switches, complete custom HMI panels and interface systems, and specialised automotive switch systems.

EAO has production sites in Switzerland, Germany, North America and China, as well as 10 wholly owned sales companies and distributors in over 50 countries.






CONDIS® by Maxwell Technologies is a world leader in the production and development of high and medium voltage products and solutions for utility infrastructures.

Designed and manufactured in Switzerland, our capacitors has provided stability and reliability to the electrical grid for more than a hundred years. By constantly investing in R&D, we deliver advanced and customized solutions to international utilities and OEMs.


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Spineart, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is a privately held medical device company focused on simplifying the surgical act by designing, developing and promoting safe and efficient solutions to spine surgeons, operating room teams, and patients.

Spineart is a pioneer in its field, having introduced unique patented and clinically validated technologies in the fields of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Motion Preservation, Fusion, Biologics, and Fractures Treatment.








Location Update










Hongqiao CBD


Swiss Center Hongqiao CBD comes into operation from 2018.

The center’s proximity to the Hongqiao Transportation Hub, and established amenities has attracted 4 Swiss companies, EAO, Ceramaret, Alpvision and Intamin, who wish to capitalize on the location’s advantage of international traffic and connectivity.

Join Swiss Center Hongqiao CBD!

More information click here.





Free Trade Zone



Since its grand opening in 2014, the Swiss Center in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone has witnessed Swiss SME members grow their businesses beyond the Swiss Center premise.

Dec China and Integra Biosciences are two such examples. The two members have outgrown their space at the Center and relocated this year to new places where they occupy hundreds of square meters office and showroom space.

The moves are a positive sign that Swiss companies are scaling up operations.

Check out the available space at the Center click here.





Xinzhuang Industrial Park




RAHN China is another company who has outgrown its space at the Swiss Center in the Xinzhuang Industrial Park.

The Swiss chemical company set up its office there in 2011. After 7 years’ development, it has now invested in a new location which will allow the company to establish both the office and a chemical lab. The new space 5.7 times as large as their former one will give RAHN the opportunity to accommodate its growing energy curing & cosmetics business in China.

“Swiss Center has been very supportive of our growth,” says Yue Zou, General Manager of RAHN China, “When we as a SME start business in China, it has served us well.”











Wuqing & Dongli Development Area









Thanks to the unique advantages in location, Tianjin Wuqing Development Area (UDA) is attracting a growing number of high-quality enterprises.

In 2018, UDA has introduced 513 projects, with the total investment of 9.38 billion RMB (including 21.931 million USD of foreign-funded projects), such as Bossard Group of Switzerland, ESCO of United States, Keller of Germany and other 16 companies.

Dongli Development Park is also offering exclusive preferential policies for investment enterprises. For more information, please contact Ms. Margarit Ma (







2019 Swiss Business in China Survey





Swiss Centers China is launching the 2019 China Business Survey, developed in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy, Switzerland Global Enterprise, SwissCham, swissnex, China Integrated and the China Europe International Business School, the premier Business School in Asia for Executive education.




It is the international business survey collecting by far the largest number of replies in China and the only one that includes and compares with the opinion of managers of Chinese companies and allows an analysis of Chinese and foreign SMEs in China.  

Last year’s CEIBS survey received replies from close to 1000 companies, among which there were over 100 decision makers from Swiss enterprises.  The survey is believed to be representative of the approximately 600 Swiss companies that have established operations in China.

The 2018 survey showed continued growth and good results; still for the first time Swiss companies were less optimistic for the long term. Read the 2018 survey to understand the challenges and opportunities for improvement identified as well as how Swiss companies are competing for success in China.


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the 2018 Survey



Latest Delegations & Events







10 + delegations with education institutions, government organizations, as well as business communities from Geneva, Lausanne, St.Gallen, Lugano, among others, visited Swiss Centers over the past 6 months.





6 + events were organized or supported by Swiss Centers China in collaboration with our partners:






Shanghai, November 23

SME Seminar: WeChat, HR, Free Trade Zone and New Retail

What is a Free Trade Zone (FTZ)? What are the benefits and risks of investing in a FTZ? With the aim of shedding light on the Shanghai Pilot FTZ, our trade Specialist Lucky Ding shared her advice and experience on “How can SMEs benefit from FTZs” at the SME Seminar organized by SwissCham Shanghai on November 23.             







Shanghai, November 11

2nd edition of the Roundtable on the Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement

On November 13, we had a productive time at the 2nd edition of the Roundtable on the Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement (SSFTA), where Swiss business community was brought into conversation with Chinese Customs to discuss solutions to the challenges they face in securing preferential tariff treatment through the SSFTA.







Shanghai, November 5-10

China International Import Expo

As the official promotion partner, Swiss Centers China together with Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce are pleased to have supported the Swiss businesses participation in this grand trade show, including among others, Novartis, Schindler Group, Fraisa China, and Swiss Wine Promotion representing sectors in Pharmaceutical, high-end intelligent equipment and consumer goods.







Shanghai, October 12

Kick-off Event @ Swiss Center at Hongqiao CBD

On October 12, Swiss Centers kicked off its new business center in Shanghai’s Honqqiao Central Business District in presence of Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China, who gave a very optimistic welcome address to the Sino-Swiss business community, “The first visit I paid to Swiss Center, I had the impression of walking into a beehive…we are here benefiting from this vast expanse of beautiful office space.”









Tianjin, September 19

Swiss Incubator @ WEF

When enterprising Venture Leaders met with the aesthetics of Pink, that was the Swiss Incubator event on 19 September at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin. Swiss Centers was honored to have been the organizational partner of this annual event of innovation initiated by Embassy of Switzerland in the People's Republic of China.








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