BJ: On October 12th, SwedCham had a successful Strategy Day on a theme of Innovation with 19 participants from the mainboard and SwedCham office team Beijing and Shanghai. The chairman Lars-Åke 林奇辉 Severin warmly welcomed all the participants and General Manager Daniela L-V Cassmer introduced the aim of the day is to offer a great opportunity to get to know each other better and also brainstorm as many creative ideas as we could as to layout the SwedCham Business Plan 2020. The area managers Hannes Hultman(SH) and Jaycee Yang (BJ) had the presentations covering their own areas and followed by an interactive lucky draw value voucher activity among main board members, 4 divided small group discussions and presentations on the most important strategic priorities. Ended with surprisingly fresh and delicious food by a Sushi chef, Daniela thanked all the participants for their precious time and contributions to the strategy day!
AndersWalls stipendium till Svenska Handelskammaren i Shanghai 2020
ANDERS WALLS STIFTELSE delar sedan 2008 ut ett årligt stipendium till en ung, kreativ affärsbegåvning för tolv månaders tjänstgöring vid Svenska Handelskammaren i Kina med placering på kontoret i Shanghai. Stipendiesumman uppgår till 200.000 kronor och tillträde sker i april 2020.
Utvecklingen i Kina sker i rekordfart och konkurrensen för svenska bolag på plats blir allt tuffare. Handelskammaren i Kina verkar för att främja svenska företags intressen i Kina och har idag 260 medlemsföretag, varav cirka 160 i Shanghai. Varje månad arrangerar Handelskammaren seminarier, workshops och utbildningar inom aktuella ämnen men erbjuder främst en stark plattform för nätverksbyggande. Som Anders Wall-stipendiat kommer du under ett år att delta i arbetet vid Svenska Handelskammaren i Shanghai och ges möjlighet att knyta kontakter med den svensk-kinesiska affärsvärlden.
Dina arbetsuppgifter kommer att vara varierande. Du kommer bl.a. att delta i planering och genomförande av kammarens månatliga events samt driva ett eller flera projekt inom ramen för verksamhetens service till medlemsföretagen i Kina. Dessutom blir du ordförande för kammarens Young Professional-nätverk och projektleder den årliga karriärs- mässan. Som Anders Wall-stipendiat deltar du på samtliga av kammarens styrelsemöten och ansvarar tillsammans med kontorschef för att koordinera kommunikationsplanering och producera innehåll till kammarens digitala kanaler.
VEM ÄR DU?
Du bör ha avslutat en universitets- eller högskoleutbildning, gärna med inriktning mot ekonomi, marknadsföring eller kommunikation och gärna visat prov på entreprenörsanda. Tjänsten kräver goda kunskaper i engelska och gärna kinesiska (inget krav), och att du snabbt kan växla mellan analytisk förmåga och att kunna kavla upp ärmarna när situationen kräver det. En stor del av marknadsföringen av kammarens event sker via sociala medier, så du ska ha ett intresse för det digitala. För att trivas i rollen bör du som person vara utåtriktad och trivas i miljöer där nätverkande står i fokus. Inte minst ska du ha ett intresse för den kinesiska kulturen.
Ansökan ska bestå av:
2) Personligt brev på max 1 A4 där du berättar varför just du skulle passa i rollen på Svenska Handelskammaren i Kina samt vad som motiverar dig att söka tjänsten
3) Ett arbetsprov bestående av en text på max 120 ord ämnad för publicering på LinkedIn där du antingen sammanfattar utvecklingen av e-handelsmarknaden i Kina de senaste åren eller trendspanar kring utvecklingen av e-handelsmarknaden i Kina under kommande fem år.
I am very happy and honored to reach out to you with this introduction letter, as the newly appointed General Manager of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China.
I have a humble attitude to this role and the great responsibility that imposes as we represent about 260 Sweden related member companies in China. The member value will always remain the main focus for us as a chamber, and thanks to our offices in Beijing and Shanghai, with expansion plans on a third presence in Guangdong province, we believe to have the necessary infrastructure to serve our members.
SwedCham China’s mission is to promote the conditions for its members to operate in China through networking, events, seminars, and courses of different kind. It has a very important role when it comes to facilitate for its members to obtain information, knowhow and ‘best practices’. We should help to enhance good business climate conditions for our members. Together with our counterparts at Team Sweden China, we are a strong partner on the Chinese market. We have many interesting and important events together also as Team Sweden that helps our members to get the necessary market intelligence.
I hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter and learn about some of the activities that have been undertaken lately by Swedish Embassy, Visit Sweden, Business Sweden, and Swedcham, and I also hope to get the opportunity to meet you at one of our events in the near future.
Daniela Ling-Vannerus Cassmer
Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China
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Embassy: Two Swedish Parliamentary committees visits China
Representatives of the Parliamentary Committee on Finance and the Committee on Industry and Trade visited Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The trip was to broaden the knowledge on China in areas such as economic growth, finance, monetary policy, digitalization and AI. Fruitful meetings were held in Beijing with the National People’s Congress, National Energy Agency, AIIB, World Bank, ABB, Ericsson, SEB, Business Sweden, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, EU SME centre, research institutes and think tanks.
Consulate General of Shanghai: Alfa Laval Opened New Factory
In July, the Swedish Company Alfa Laval opened a new factory in the city of Kunshan in Jiangsu. The opening ceremony, which took place on 10 July, gathered over 100 participants. The Consul General in Shanghai, Lisette Lindahl, delivered opening remarks. Alfa Laval has been present in China for over 30 years. The new plant will create hundreds of new jobs in Kunshan.
Consulate General of Shanghai: Pop-up Store in Hangzhou Displayed Swedish lifestyle
From July 8 to July 18, a pop-up store was launched by the Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai. Consul General Lisette Lindahl inaugurated the store. The theme of the pop-up store was Swedish lifestyle and gathered over 30 Swedish brands which exhibited their products, from foodstuff to furniture, at Qin Chen Li shopping center in Hangzhou. The ten-day event allowed visitors to explore different Swedish products before placing an order online. Most of the products on display are available on Tmall and Taobao.
Embassy: Roundtable Meeting on Supply Chain CSR Management
Traceability of supply chains to increase transparency has become a goal of many Swedish companies’ sustainability work in China, despite many challenges foreseen. Meanwhile, more collaboration among brands is a common expectation to strengthen influence along supply chains. These messages were part of the major take-aways from a fruitful roundtable discussion among Swedish companies in Shanghai. The roundtable was co-organized by Business Sweden and the CSR Centre of the Embassy. The outcome will serve as input to update a CSR toolkit for Sino-Swedish supply chains, which aims to facilitate for the Swedish SMEs in China.
Team Sweden China: Life Sciences and Health Study Tour to Guangdong Province
The Embassy, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China and Business Sweden had a joint study visit to Guangdong Province to better comprehend the reality of trade in life sciences and health care. The trip was combined with a Health Roadshow in Shenzhen where the Embassy and Business Sweden facilitated meetings for Astra Zeneca, HemoCue, Getinge, Elekta, Mölnlycke and Bactiguard with local authorities, Hong Kong University Shenzhen Hospital and Luohuo hospital group. The official delegation met with BGI Genomics, European Chamber of Commerce, Tencent, Huawei, We Doctor, Bellman& Symfon and Southern Medicine Economic Institute.
Embassy: CEO Breakfast on Greater Bay Area
A CEO breakfast was held in early September hosted by Ambassador Helena Sångeland. The theme was the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the business opportunities and challenges for Swedish companies. The guests have listened to inspiring presentations given by Business Sweden Hongkong Office and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.
Opportunities within automotive, ICT and life sciences are identified for Swedish companies. To visit for first-hand experience, assess growth opportunities and explore R&D potential in the area are recommended. Concerns for the rising talent cost in the area were raised during the meeting.
Team Sweden China: Swedish District Energy Roadshow in Yantai and Beijing
Swedish Energy Agency, SweHeat & Cooling, the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing and Business Sweden, partnering with local authorities arranged two District Energy Roadshows to Yantai city, Shandong province and Beijing on September 18-19, 2019. Energy Counsellor Magnus Carnwall led a Swedish delegation of 10 companies to both. The delegation was warmly welcomed by Yantai Municipal government and China District Heating Association. In total 100 and 130 participants joined the roadshows respectively.
Embassy: Strategic Cooperation Signing Ceremony between SWEP and Enclean
SWEP, a Swedish heat exchange and transfer system supplier and ENCLEAN, a Chinese heating service provider signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement at the Embassy. The two companies will cooperate on developing heating technical equipment and services towards a greener and more efficient level. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Swedish Ambassador to China, Helena Sångeland and Energy Counsellor Magnus Carnwall.
Visit Sweden: Joint digital campaign on Nordic tourism
A joint digital campaign on Nordic tourism was launched on one of China’s most popular social platform “Little Red Book” in August aiming at promoting off-season travels. It has attracted over 1.6 million impressions and 1000+ user generated contents. The joint initiative was co-financed by European Travel Commission and the national tourism boards of four Nordic countries.
Visit Sweden: travel trade familiarization tours
Several travel trade familiarization tours arranged by Visit Sweden in partnership with Visit Stockholm, Göteborg&Co, Turism Skåne as well as Visit Värmland. The purpose was to explore more in-depth travel experiences to enhance high-end tailor-made trips as well as individual trips.
Business Sweden: Jinan-Sweden Eco-city Industrial Cooperation Dialogue
September 25th Business Sweden organized participation in Jinan-Sweden Eco-city Industrial Cooperation Dialogue to discuss how Sweden can contribute to sustainable urban development in Jinan, Shandong province. Helena Sångeland, Ambassador of Sweden first met Ren Airong, Deputy Governor of Shandong Province, then participated in the dialogue with Mayor Sun Shutao and 90 participants from the city government. The city presented the vision for Jinan, a plan to build new urban areas for 1.8 million people the coming 16 years, a project the size of an entire Stockholm, a huge opportunity for business with Swedish companies and utilizing Swedish experience.
The China Sweden Hammarby Eco city alliance works with cities all over China to support sustainable development. The alliance consists of four founding members: Business Sweden, White Peak, Envac and SWECO. From September the alliance has five new members; ASSA ABLOY, Hags, Regin, Velux and Östberg. We will now follow-up this dialogue, expand the alliance to more members and continue efforts to assist Chinese cities in their sustainable development.
Read more on: https://www.ecocityalliance.se/
Business Sweden: Alibaba cloud extend collaboration
Business Sweden and Alibaba Cloud extended their collaboration through the launch of the China Gateway Program together with a number of other international firms and government agencies. Through the program Swedish companies can be supported along their journey to enter and scale up in China by getting access to trends, insights and peer events related to cloud technology.
Collaboration with technology providers in local markets enables Business Sweden to facilitate and accelerate market entry and expansion and to deliver true impact for Swedish companies. For more information about the China Gateway Program just talk to us.
SwedCham China: Traditional Crayfishparties in Beijing and Shanghai
Our traditional crayfish party in Beijing on August 20th and in Shanghai on August 21st gathered altogether over 200 people within the Swedish /Chinese community .
The Beijing Crayfish party was Co-organized by Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China and SWEA International with plenty of Crayfish, snap songs led by Mats Harborn, as well as a charming performance by the A Capella Choir JingSing.
We had also generous prizes at our Lucky Draw provided by @Beijing Royal Grand Hotel, Sarment, SWEA International, @HULU, and @TRB. The after-party was at HULU roof terrace.
In Shanghai It was a great opportunity to network with friends old and new in a relaxed and festive atmosphere with lots of snaps songs and dancing.
A huge thank you to our sponsors of the night:
We would like to give a special thanks to our Dragon Partners, without them these. evenings wouldn’t be possible, so a big thanks to Mannheimer Swartling, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group, Handelsbanken, Syntronic - A Global Design House, and Atlas Copco
Swedcham China: Advanced Sales Management course
As requested by our member companies this autumn we will offer a range of workshops targeting sales management professionals and business owners who must assume a sales management role.
Every sales organization needs a leader who can inspire them, support the organization's vision, and set the direction for the future, therefore our training will enable sales managers to establish a management framework built on productive behavior, cooperation, collaboration, and accountability.
Last Wednesday, we had a great pleasure to invite Feng Lu, Co-Founder of Martinsen International, as a trainer of our whole-day training on Advanced Sales Management at the beautiful Jinshang Li(金尚丽) office. There were a lot of interesting and inspiring discussions among 27 participants from near and far.
This in-depth program covers four critical sales management abilities:
- The role of the sales manager and core values of successful sales (optimistic and self-motivated)
- Sales target setting and the logical relations among strategic-marketing-sales
- How to identify user needs and increase sales efficiency
- Construction, Incentive, and Development of Sales Team
The training program was diverse and fun and it ended up with a big success. All the participants had increased the abilities of:
- Effectively use spoken and body language in order to increase influence and confidence
- Manage own customers and provide management decisions for the organization
- Forecasting and resource allocation
- Task follow-up and coaching
Sept. 25-Oct.20: Consulate General in Shanghai organizes Beyond the Norm: Images that Change the World
Oct. 10: Swedchams gives continuing study course in Swedish language
Oct.11: Suzhou- Swedcham joint Nordic after work
Oct.12-14: Delegation trip to Nordic Sustainable cities in Xi’an. Participation coordinated by Business Sweden. Embassy attends.
Oct.14-16: State Secretary Sebastian de Toro visits China/Beijing
Mid Oct: VisitSweden organizes Connect Sweden – Tactical campaign in collaboration with China Eastern Airline to promote Stockholm winter travels
Oct. 20: Consulate General in Shanghai organizes Study In Sweden Day
Oct. 20-22: Swedish Pavilion at the 2019 China Circular Economy Development Forum, Nanjing. Participation coordinated by Business Sweden, Embassy CSR centre co-hosts pavilion & seminar on textile recycling.
Oct. 28-Nov 1: VisitSweden organizes Scandinavian Travel Trade Roadshow
Nov 5-11:Team Sweden participates in CIIE (China International Import Exhibition) in Shanghai. Business Sweden organizing country pavilion on theme of “future mobility”
Nov. 7: Embassy CSR Centre co-hosts 3rd International Sustainability Conference Guangdong with 4 diplomatic partners (UK, Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand)
Nov 6: Sino Nordic Trade Forum (Hubei Provincial government organized event in connection to CIIE)
Nov 11-13: Delegation trip to Nordic Sustainable cities in Chengdu. Participation coordinated by Business Sweden
November: Life Science roadshow, Wuhan, Hubei province. Organized by Business Sweden
Nov.21-23: Consulate General in Shanghai organizes Nordic Food Policy Lab
Nov.26: Embassy co-organizes UN Women CSR Conference
Dec 4-8: Swedish pavilion at DesignInspire during BODW (Business of Design Week), Hong Kong
Nov-Dec: VisitSweden organizes #100HoursofInspirations Stockholm branding campaign
Dec 6: Swedcham Shanghai Christmas dinner
Dec 7: Swedcham Beijing Christmas dinner
New Head of CSR Centre of the Embassy
Minister Counsellor Anders Wollter started at the CSR Centre mid-September. He is a Swedish career diplomat with experience from several postings at HQ, as well as abroad – Kosovo, Brazil, France, Belgium, Germany, Kenya – and China.
His specialties include economic diplomacy, European Union affairs and trade promotion. During recent years, he worked a lot in the interface between business, development and sustainability.
In the name of Life Science Team Sweden has visited Chinas National Gene Bank BGI Group, Tencent, and Huawei in Shenzhen, as well as Elekta in Guangzhou. Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China together with the Embassy of Sweden had an Afterwork in Guangzhou, to mingle with different Swedish companies that are present there. As a part of Team Sweden (Swedish Embassy, Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China, and Business Sweden), We would like to thank all for the learning about AI medical solution, sequence, and storage of DNA, and getting to know more about the Greater Bay Area. True ingenuity in the making!
What an unforgettable Crayfish party last Friday night! The party was a great success. Co-organized by Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China and SWEA International with plenty of Crayfish, snap songs led by Mats Harborn, as well as a charming performance by the a Capella Choir JingSing.
We had generous prizes at our Lucky Draw provided by Beijing Royal Grand Hotel, Sarment, SWEA International, HULU, and TRB. The after-party was at HULU roof terrace. Look forward to seeing you at the Crayfish party next year!
Last Saturday we had a blast at our annual traditional Swedish Crayfish Dinner with more than 130 attendees at Kathleen's Waitan Restaurant & Bar. In the pictures are some of us and our guests. Thank you to everybody who joined us - member companies, clients, and both old and new friends - hope to see you again next time! 🇨🇳🇸🇪
• Daniel Wellington
• Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
• Floatasian Float Spa
• The Westin Bundcenter, Shanghai
• Orrefors & Kosta Boda
• Fillidutt Group
• Scandic Sourcing
BJ: Welcome back after work with SwedCham
BJ: Last Friday, we kicked off the first autumn event and the fully booked welcome back after work on our beautiful Jinshangyuan terrace! It was a great opportunity to meet with old and new friends after the summer holiday and also an unforgettable last day with Martin. A big thank to him for what the great job he has done. Follow us on the upcoming events and you will meet our new GM Daniela at the next event!
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China (SwedCham China) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with 270 Swedish and Sweden-related member companies, officially recognized as foreign chamber by the PRC. Our mission is to advance our members’ business interests through Networking, Information and Advocacy.
To that end, our activities include events, seminars, closed-door dialogues, surveys, reports as well as top-level meetings. Furthermore, we aim to improve Sino-Swedish business ties and promote the Swedish brand through the Team Sweden collaboration with among others the Swedish Embassy and Consulate General, Business Sweden, etc.
In recent years, the Chamber has undergone a thorough modernization process to level up its offering, brand image and internal structure. The successful candidate will work hands on with the continued implementation of this process at a regional level.
To our Beijing office, we are looking for an Area Manager to take responsibility for the Chamber’s activities and operational development – in line with the Chamber’s modernization efforts and in close collaboration with the General Manager.
The position includes relationship building, regional business development, member recruitment and retention, as well as administrative and managerial duties. The ideal candidate should also display strong leadership skills in implementing organizational change, and feel comfortable shifting between strategic-level thinking and hands-on tasks.
Examples of responsibilities:
- Manage the Beijing office’s day to day operations, budget planning and financial result according to quarterly targets.
- Representing the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in meetings with members and partners.
- Regional member recruiting and account managing responsibilities.
- Coordinate high quality events (open-door seminars, closed-door dialogues, training programs, after-work events, gala evenings, etc.) together with the rest of SwedCham’s team.
- Coordinate the coverage of Swedish, Chinese and international business trends.
- Team management responsibilities for 1-2 staff, including development and performance review.
- Preparing material for Chapter board meetings approximately 6 times per year.
To be successful in the position, we believe that you:
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree or above within the fields of marketing, communications, or other relevant fields.
- Have experience of multi-stakeholder partnerships, ideally including public, private, and non-profit actors.
- Are Swedish and/or have strong ties to Sweden with a passion for Swedish brands and innovation.
- Have experience from managing small teams, including recruitment and employee development.
- Have experience from organizing events, from small business seminars to large social dinners.
- Feel at ease with people at all levels and from all backgrounds. You are a natural networker.
- Have experience of working in or with China. Being currently based in China is meritorious.
- Speak and write impeccable business English. Swedish and Mandarin are highly meritorious.
This is a full time position.
It is highly preferred if candidates already possess a working (Z) visa.
Possible costs for visa issuance/transfer to be supported by the Chamber.
Remuneration based on local standards and experience.
For questions regarding the position, feel free to contact Martin Vercouter, General Manager (see below).
Apply by August 15, 2019 with letter and link to LinkedIn profile to firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting date on September 2.
In June SwedCham, together with DCCC – Danish Chamber of Commerce in China, Norwegian Business Association China and Finnish Business Council Beijing, organized the 2nd Annual Nordic Dragon Boat Tournament in Tongzhou.
300 people making up 14 teams and supporters competed to become the champion of 2019, eventually brought home by the Norwegian Business Association China.
Beijing, 17 Jun. 2019 | The 2019 edition of the Business Climate Survey, conducted every second year by Team Sweden in China, was presented in Beijing and Shanghai on June 10 and 13 respectively.
Attending in Beijing was Ambassador Helena Sångeland and in Shanghai, Consul General Lisette Lindahl. Also in attendance were close to 30 company representatives in each city as well as representatives of Business Sweden and SwedCham.
Introducing this year's report, Business Sweden's David Hallgren and Joakim Abeleen, as well as SwedCham's Martin Vercouter, focused on some of the key trends from the survey:
- Respondents were 102 Swedish companies in China, represented by one top-level representative each. They were divided according to main sector of activities in Consumer (17), Professional Services (31) and Industry (54). Size-distribution is even across sizes (employee count worldwide).
- Revenue and profit for responding companies were both growing in 2018, although in general top line is increasing faster than bottom line, and the picture is getting different across sectors. The mode of 2018 y-o-y revenue growth distribution is at +15-20%, in line with annual reports published so far (+16%). Overall 66% report revenue increase 2017-18 (compare to EU average 59%).
- Generally speaking, professional services come out on top in terms of reported (2017-18), forecasted (2018-19) growth in revenue and profit, while Industry is showing signs of divergence between sub-sectors.
- The Chinese market is growing in importance for group revenue: two-thirds of respondents have China in top 3, and number share of China as number 1 market increased 7pp over 2017 to 2019 (24 to 31% of respondents).
- In line with above, 89% cite access to China market as main reason for presence in the country (In 2013: 42%) and 71% of companies doing sales do so inside China.
- At the same time, China is rising in importance as a hub to serve APAC region (only 40% serve only China, 21% serve whole APAC). But beware of challenges with difficulties of data & capital flow across borders (see below).
- The business climate is overall positive, up slightly from 2017, and expectations on future climate are that it will remain unchanged or improve (with less than 20% predicting a less favourable climate over coming three years), although again more nuanced when zooming in on sectors.
- Legal and regulatory framework is #1 concern, replacing Discrimination against foreign companies, indicating that there is cautious optimism about policy promises but also continued concern about their implementation and unchanged limitations of the legal system such as uneven enforcement, overriding interests, and specific laws such as cybersecurity law, etc.
- Swedish firm boast high quality as main competitive advantage, and focus on innovation and digitalisation (also increasingly in B2B) to compete, but have a disadvantage in cost structure and lack of access to government.
- At the time of the survey, 50% of the respondents did not perceive any impact of the US-China trade conflict, and among impacted companies the largest group (23%) say uncertainty is delaying investment. But the picture might have changed during Q2.
- Swedish firms, irrespective of size, see Chinese SMEs as their biggest competitors in China, while State-Owned Enterprises are only seen as a main competitor by 16% of the respondents, mostly in Industry.
- With regard to sustainable business, responding companies are very active, 76% have CSR as part of company strategy with Environmental Issues as #1 priority.