China-Sweden Seminar on Sustainable Business and Coordinated Development of Yangtze River Economic Belt

The CSR Centre of the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing and the Department of European Affairs of the Ministry of Commerce of China will organize a Seminar on Sustainable business and Coordinated Development of Yangtze River Economic Belt together with Hubei authority in Wuhan, Hubei on 20-21 May 2019. The purpose of the seminar is to increase mutual understanding about sustainable business and encourage more exchange among companies in Hubei and Sweden.

Your company is sincerely invited to join in the seminar to share your work on sustainable business in China or present your business or products to potential partners from Hubei Province.

The Sino-Nordic Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum was held during the first CIIE in Shang in November 2018 participated by high-level officials and corporate executives from Nordic countries, including Sweden, and Hubei Province. With the wish of supporting cooperation, the upcoming bilateral Seminar will bring together companies from Sweden and Hubei again to further explore common interest. Additionally, a field visit will be arranged on 21 May to get deeper understanding about local business environment.

If you are interested in attending the event, please save the date and register by sending Email to hua.yang@gov.se. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. The contact person is Yang Hua with telephone number 010 8531 1894.

Nordic Ways’ Cycling Festival Wins the Golden Bicycle Award

As one of the most popular cycling events in China, Colorful Yunnan International Granfondo founded by Nordic Ways, was awarded the Annual Event Experience Award in the recent China Bicycle Annual Award Golden Bicycle Award. This well-deserved honour went to Granfondo Yunnan because of its distinctive cycling environment and event service.

Mass-participation endurance cycling events, better known as Granfondo, had become a globally phenomenal concept and it was opportune to introduce it formally to China. Nordic Ways seized the opportunity and they were the first to establish an officially labelled-Granfondo in China. Now it has been the 5th year that the race achieved its national prominence. The organisation keeps expanding its influences and scale along the time. Let’s behold its upcoming cycling spectacle in 2019!

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White Peak production reaches 6000 yearly apartments

Shanghai, 14 January 2019 White Peak CEO Jesper Jos Olsson was interviewed in Swedish business daily Dagens Industri last week, reflecting on the company’s success in China. “Today, 90% of our activity is focused on housing for the growing middle class, families moving from rural areas in to cities with millions of inhabitants”. White Peak has reached a total production of around 6 000 apartments per year in the Chinese provinces of Shandong, Yaoning and Hebei (for comparison, Swedish construction companies JM and Skanska, each produce around 4 000 apartments per year).

Several Member Companies are Topping The Swedish Sustainable Companies List 2018

Electrolux is sharing the top spot with H&M in the category of Consumption Goods on Swedish Sustainable Companies List 2018.

Our member company Electrolux is a Swedish home appliance manufacturer who today operates worldwide, including many parts of China. The company was founded 1919 and has subsequently in recent years been ranked the second largest manufacturer of appliances by units sold in the world.

Last week, the company came into light as they ranked number 1 together with H&M on Swedish Sustainable Companies List of 2018. An initiative by Swedish newspapers Dagens Industri and Aktuell Hållbarhet together with Lund University School of Economics. The list consists of 109 Swedish companies and have been given points for their effort in industry areas of Capital Goods, Consumption Goods and Material. Other factors are also being acknowledged, such as efforts in environment, climate, human rights and working environment in relation to the company.

In response to their achievement, Henrik Sundström, Head of Sustainability Affairs at Electrolux made a statement saying: “Acting sustainably is an important part of our company purpose – shape living for the better – and it reflects everything we do. We are very honored to be recognized as one of Sweden’s most sustainable companies and it gives us new energy to increase our efforts in helping consumers to live more sustainably.”

Other SwedCham members topping the sustainable list include Stora Enso in the category of Material, while SKF was placed second in Capital Goods.

Congratulations to our member companies for putting hard work into sustainability!

Read more about the news here.

Increasing Threats of CEO Fraud & Scams

CEO Fraud and various scams are becoming more common and sophisticated in many ways, according to a recent article publicized by our member company PSU China Consulting.

PSU  is a Swedish company which was established back in 2006 and is today one of the leading Consulting companies in China. They provide solutions and consulting regarding various security related issues. As the time of establishment is way back, PSU today enjoys a operational excellence in China and has conducted many investigations in the past, giving them a broad client base.

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In PSU’s most recent publicized article however, they explain that there are many various scams which pose a threat to businesses operating in China and that these scams are sometimes more intricate than what we perceive. As a result, many clever tips are provided by PSU in order to avoid these scams, including: Implementing training for all relevant parties, associating every wire transfer with a purchase order, adding multi-factor authentication to all key platforms and many more.

To know more about CEO Fraud and scams, PSU’s article is available for download via this link: http://www.psuchina.com.cn/publications

Stey – a new solution to urban living

Stey, White Peak’s new solution to urban living, offering modern urban professionals a smarter, digitally integrated way of living, has just been launched. Stey provides community-based serviced apartments and aims to make long term renting much more flexible by giving long-term tenants the option to re-rent in their absence.

Their flagship location in Wangfujing spanning six floors, featuring 45 private residential units, with community kitchen, living and exercise areas – as well as a hotel, bar and restaurants. Amongst others they’ve partnered up with star chef team behind Singapore’s CreatureS to launch a brand-new gourmet experience “Tease by CreatureS” and “The La Bar Atory” to create their own “La Bar Atory” where guests can enjoy in lab-inspired surroundings.

White Peak is a Swedish fund manager and developer, focused on the property investment and development in the fast-developing cities throughout China. Established in 2007, White Peak today manages a series of opportunistic funds and operates an institutional grade platform offering systematic exposure to the Chinese real estate market with end-to-end in-house development capabilities.

Interested in a visit? On November 16, you have the opportunity to visit Stey’s flagship in Wangfujing when SwedCham together with Stey will host the monthly Swedish After Work together with White Peak. As usual, all members enjoy two complimentary drinks and snacks. Click here to register today or scan the QR-code below.

Radisson Blu Announces New Ambitious Plans for Expansion in China

Shanghai, October 15 | Radisson Blu is a hotel chain funded back in 1960. To this day, Radisson Blu is operating globally with a number of more than 300 properties ranging from hotels to resorts in more than 380 locations worldwide.

Our member company Radisson Blu is stepping up its efforts on growth in China and has plans to open up three times as many properties as of the current amount across mainland of China. As a way to fulfill its operating plan by 2022, which is the destination year of the growth.

Some of the newly built properties will be in service as soon as the last quarter of 2018 with locations such as Ningbo, Suzhou and Zhengzhou!

 

Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s First Vessel Takes To The Seas After Green And Grey Rebrand

RoRo vessel Salome has left Zhoushan, China after being repainted in Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s new brand colours. The vehicle carrier, built in 2012, is one of the first vessels to have been rebranded with WW Ocean’s sea-green and flint-grey.

At 75,251 gross tonnage and 43,878 deadweight, Salome can transport up to 6,000 cars at a time. While in Baltimore, Salome used her 505 tonne stern ramp and nine internal cargo decks to discharge and load nearly 7,500 tonnes of rolling and static cargo during a 24-hour port stay.

She is the first of the WW Ocean fleet to be repainted in the new colours as part of scheduled maintenance work to avoid extra costs.

Salome’s repainting follows the creation and listing of Wallenius Wilhelmsen in April 2017’s rebrand, when Wallenius of Sweden and Wilhelmsen of Norway merged their jointly-owned companies.

Former operating entity Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) was restructured to become two new entities: ocean shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WW Ocean), and land-based logistics provider Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions (WW Solutions).

The group’s rebrand also saw the launch of a new Wallenius Wilhelmsen logo – a modern take on the traditional W, made up of two lines and a circle.

The lines symbolise the products transported on the company’s RoRo vessels, and its land-based logistics services. The circle represents navigation degrees, the ‘O’ of ocean, as well as the life-cycle perspective. The sea-foam green symbolises the ocean, while the grey symbolises land.

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Swedish Company Johan&Johan Opens New Concept Store in Shanghai

Shanghai, September 14, 2018 Johan & Johan is a Swedish retail company which was originally founded in 2010 by Johan Aledal and Johan Wikander. The company is known for its focus on innovative & premium Swedish goods with everything from clothing to lifestyle products and home appliances. As the company’s emphasis is put on Asian markets, the importance of localization is realized by Johan & Johan, which is why operations are based in cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh city.

“It’s a big step away from static retail, and Shanghai is just the right place to start.”- Helena Svensson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Johan & Johan

The company is taking it a step further by opening its first concept store at ISETAN Shanghai with a selection of premium Swedish brands, artwork and fashion products. The newly launched concept store called KAIMEN provides an innovative concept by the name of The Swedish Space which combines both Swedish culture and design. The concept provides a linkage between online and offline experiences through multiple channels. As a way of also experiencing the Swedish culture at hand, The Swedish Space works as a hub for people to experience Sweden from a new perspective. The concept will combine selected products, events, host exhibitions and workshops, taking the concept to a whole new level.

The KAIMEN brand store is also currently available on social media sites like WeChat, Tmall and the newly opened store can be found at ISETAN Shanghai. For more information about Johan & Johan and their concept store KAIMEN, read more here.