CHINA - AN (UN)EQUAL PARTNER?
China's importance for the European mechanical engineering industry is as great as ever, but there is increasing discord in day-to-day business. Germany and the EU therefore need to examine the trade policy tools they use. An analysis.
CHINA ON COURSE FOR EXPANSION, BUT MORE OPENNESS NEEDED
Trade relations with China are good, but there is always room for improvement. According to the analysis by VDMA’s China expert Oliver Wack, we need more protection of expertise, more free trade, and fewer market barriers. And both Germany and the EU need to develop a strategy for dealing with China in future.
IT ALL STARTED WITH CHINA
In 1993, Andreas Fäth (63) unexpectedly became a member of a project team working on the construction of Linde's forklift truck factory in Xiamen, southern China. This moment of fate was to have a lasting impact on his career. Linde (China) went on to become the largest foreign supplier of material handling solutions in the Chinese market and the market leader in the premium segment - a success story of Sino-German cooperation. For Fäth, it was the beginning of a long-term love affair.
CHINA CALLING: TWO YEARS IN GAOMI
This wasn't Eberhard Janssen's first stay in China. Yet, even for experienced globetrotters, the expat life offers new cultures, new living conditions and new working environments. For two years the Claasian relocated from his job in Harsewinkel, Germany, to Gaomi and gained valuable experience.
CHINA - SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION OF TECHNICAL PROJECTS
Mechanical and plant engineers from Germany, whose systems are in particularly high demand in Asia, enjoy a huge competitive edge on the Chinese market. Success stories of several members who are realizing technical projects in the People's Republic provide ample testimony to this fact.
STATUS: IT'S COMPLICATED
In a few months, Europe might have to grant China the status of a market economy under international trade law. This might appear just a question of definition, but it has a big impact on the EU's options for protecting its industry against dumping from China.
One of Mann+Hummel's principles is supplying products of the same standard to their customers all over the world. International, experienced experts such as Luiz Ferrari help to ensure that this is precisely what happens, despite various conditions, and that "Operational Excellence" is "alive" and implemented day after day in every plant in the world. A portrait.