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The Sustainable Factory – Seminar & Panel Discussion [Event Recap]

On Thursday, June 10th, the Wuxicham, in cooperation with the German Chamber of Commerce held a conference on the “Sustainable Factory” at Suntech’s headquarters in Wuxi.

With about 100 participants, the event underlined the relevance of sustainability related aspects these days.

Under the moderation of Manuel Ramos of TERAO Asia, seven speakers covered a vast area of topics, surrounding sustainability.

Members of the foreign affairs office and the new district attended the conference: NEWS LINK

Please find following a link to the event photos: PHOTOS

Slides Presented: SLIDES

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The Sustainable Factory – Seminar & Panel Discussion [Wuxi, Afternoon of June 10th 2021]

Event Description

Sustainability is a growing concern for governments, corporations and the civil society. Leading economies such as China or the European Union have announced ambitious carbon neutrality targets and Climate Change action plans. At the corporate level, more and more corporations – large companies as well as SMEs – have strengthened their corporate social responsibility guidelines by setting up clear improvement goals towards sustainability.  

During this event, a range of speakers from various green sustainability related sectors will share with you how companies can make their facilities more sustainable and reduce their environmental footprint. Additionally, these experts will explain how being sustainable goes beyond compliance and brings real economic and social benefits to companies.  

This event is part of the Social Responsibility Initiative More than a Market​.

Event Details

Date & Time: Thursday, 10th June 2021, 2:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Venue: Suntech Photovoltaic Headquarters in Wuxi New District (9 Xinhua Road, Xinwu District, Wuxi, China)

Chinese Address: “新华路9号 尚德太阳能”

Baidu: Link

DIDI LOCATION: “Shangde Solar Power Company – Southwest Gate”

Parking: is available across the street from Suntech: https://m.amap.com

Best train station to go to is Wuxi New District.

Event Language: English

Organizers: German Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai & WuxiCham

Event Fee:

Members of either organizing chamber: 100 RMB

Non-members: 250 RMB

The location has a max. capacity of 80 participants, please register timely to secure your spot.

Registration:

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED AS WE HAVE REACHED MAX CAPACITY OF OUR VENUE

Agenda

2:30 – 3:00 PM
Registration & Networking
3:00 – 3:05 PM
Welcome Remarks by German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai & WuxiCham (Wuxi International Chamber of Commerce)
Navin HOSSAIN
Michael ROCKEL
3:05 – 3:10 PM
Event Introduction
Manuel RAMOS (Moderator)
3:10 – 3:25 PM
How PV companies take actions towards carbon neutrality
Vincent  CAO (VP Global Sales, SUNTECH)

http://www.suntech-power.com.cn
Synopsis: The global warming over the past years has caused a series of disasters including rising sea levels, extinction of species and extreme weather, which have greatly affected the ecological environment. When the problems are gradually taken seriously, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris Agreement, and other climate-related conventions have been introduced, and the promotion of sustainable development has become a global consensus. As a a famous PV manufacturer in the world, Suntech actively contributes to the development of clean energy, accelerates the global decarbonisation process and offers more strength to global sustainable development.
3:25 – 3:40 PM
Environmental Challenges and Compliance in China – A Legal and Tax Perspective
Tommaso COLLI (General Manager, PHC Advisory)

http://phcadvisory.com/
Synopsis: The presentation will touch upon when the EP tax is due, how it is determined and calculated, what are the potential tax reliefs and how to claim them, how the tax is collected by the government, and finally the supplementary provisions related to incorrect calculations and violations of the EPT law. Further, general environmental legislative evolvement, policy and enforcement tendency after COVID-19, and environmental compliance management for MNCs will be introduced.
3:40 – 3:55 PM
Implementing Energy Efficiency / Low Carbon and Sustainability Best Practices within Industrial Facilities in China
Maxime BESSEAS (Asia Operation Manager, TERAO Asia)
Gaspard LEMOINE-SCELLES (China Industrial Business Development Manager, TERAO Asia)

https://www.teraoasia.com/
Synopsis: Most industrial asset owners in China are now facing growing pressure from both their headquarters and local authorities to become more sustainable, on both existing assets & when planning, designing, and building new assets. This presentation aims at explaining holistically speaking how sustainable measures could be implemented on industrial assets. Concepts such as Energy Efficiency, Low-Carbon Approaches / Clean Energy, Comfort Improvement and Green-Building and Well-Being Certifications will be further explained.
3:55 – 4:10 PM
Commercial and Industrial Rooftop PV Projects in China – Market Trends and Risk Management
Sebastian PETRETSCHEK (General Manager and Global Head PV Power Plants, TÜV Rheinland)

https://www.tuv.com/greater-china/en/
Synopsis: Under consideration of the Chinese government’s goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2060, the role of PV roof-top systems on commercial and industrial buildings will be even more important than already today. The presentation will provide an overview of the latest market trends in China and how parties involved can contribute to safe, reliable, sustainable and especially financially attractive investments. On the basis of real examples major risks will be discussed and methodologies how to mitigate those be introduced.    
4:10 – 4:25
Coffee Break
4:25 – 4:40 PM
Maintenance 4.0 at the heart of the Sustainable Plant
Bruno LHOPITEAU (General Manager, Siveco China)

https://www.sivecochina.com
Synopsis: Green building certifications have expanded from design to operation, as buildings seldom perform as designed if not maintained well. Government investigations show that poor maintenance, improper technical decisions are the source of most environmental or safety accidents. Predictive Maintenance is often claimed to be the “low handing fruit” of Industry 4.0, yet it is seldom implemented beyond a showcase. Toyota famously put Preventive Maintenance at the center of what later became World Class Manufacturing or Lean, yet in most plants, maintenance comes last. The improvement potential is enormous!
4:40 – 4:55 PM
Industrial Noise: How to Control its Environmental Impact
Antoine Pommier (Operations Director & Acoustic Engineer at Delhom Acoustics)

https://www.acoustique-delhom.com
Synopsis: Noise is present all around us. It is the second environmental concern in China, following air pollution. Over the years, China has become more stringent regarding the noise impact from industrial sites and has strict regulations. Jean-Philippe Delhom, Founder & CEO of Delhom Acoustique, a leading international acoustic engineering company with 25 years of experience, will share with you practical insights to tackle noise issues in factories, for either greenfield projects or existing plants.
4:55 – 5:10 PM
Green Factory – Empowered by government policies
Icey LI (Vice General Manager, Huihai Dacheng)
Catherine Sun

http://www.hhdcem.com
Synopsis: Interpretation on government policies in Wuxi related to green factory or upgrade mainly in energy saving, environment protection, intelligent manufacturing, smart workshop, etc.
5:10 – 5:40 PM
Panel Discussion
5:40 – 6:00 PM
Visit to Suntech Showroom and Carbon Neutrality Exhibition
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Buffet Dinner, Beers, Wines and Softdrinks & Networking Time

Speaker introductions

Vincent CAO (VP Global Sales, SUNTECH) has more than 15 years of rich experience in sales management. He has a Masters’ degree in Business Administration and has successively worked in Siemens, Xinwei Solar, General Electric, Zhonglai Optoelectronics and other companies. Vincent now serves as the Vice President of Wuxi Suntech, where he is responsible for global sales management.

Tommaso COLLI (General Manager, PHC Advisory) has acquired more than 7 years of professional experience across Europe and Asia and developed a strong expertise in accounting, finance, international taxation, audit, M&A and due diligences. After completing his Double Master’s Degree in International Management between Bocconi University in Milan and Fudan University in Shanghai, he started his career with valuable experiences at Accenture and KPMG, followed by managerial roles in well-known consulting firms based in Shanghai. He joined PHC Advisory Tax & Accounting in 2018 and, since then, he has been supporting our clients’ portfolio through customized solutions to manage their financial, tax, and accounting-related activities.

Maxime BESSEAS Asia Operation Manager, TERAO Asia) is a French engineer, specialized in energy modelling, energy optimization, low carbon approaches, and green building certification (LEED, BREEAM, WELL, HQE). He works on new construction projects and buildings in operation. After working as project engineer and project manager, in both France and China, he is currently Asia Operation Manager at Terao. In China, he oversees mostly International industrial projects.  

Gaspard LEMOINE-SCELLES (China Industrial Business Development Manager, TERAO Asia) has been based in China for over 6 years. After completing a Double Master’s Degree of Science between Arts et Metiers Paristech in France and Shanghai Jiaotong University, he has been involved in environment-related activities. He is in charge of developing TERAO’s building sustainability services activity dedicated to the industrial sector in China.

Sebastian PETRETSCHEK (General Manager and Global Head PV Power Plants, TÜV Rheinland) holds a Diploma degree in Technology Management from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and has spent parts of his studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He has been active in the renewable energy business since 2009. For C&I and large-scale PV Power Plant projects he has supported lenders, investors, EPC companies and other parties in the development, construction, commissioning and operation of assets on six continents. Further, Sebastian is a specialist for quality assurance along the value chain of PV components, particularly PV modules. In addition, Sebastian is the Director of TÜV Rheinland’s Global Technical Competence Center for PV Power Plants.

Bruno LHOPITEAU General Manager, Siveco China) is a 20-year veteran of the Chinese maintenance market. In 2004 he founded Siveco China, a pioneer in the development of Maintenance 4.0 solutions, with a focus on mobility “for the worker of tomorrow”. The company’s range of services include maintenance audits, maintenance consulting, Maintenance 4.0 solutions (CMMS, EAM, Mobility, IoT integration, BIM for O&M) on cloud or on premises, training, etc. Siveco has over 1,000 customers’ sites in China and on the Belt & Road.

Antoine Pommier
Operations Director & Acoustic Engineer at Delhom Acoustics

Graduated in Acoustics & Sound Environment at Montpellier University in France, Antoine Pommier has over 10 years of experience in Acoustic Engineering. He is the Operations Director at Delhom Acoustics Shanghai.

During his work as an Acoustic Engineer, Antoine has managed different acoustic challenges in diverse industrial & building projects (factories, workshops, offices, education centers, healthcare, hospitality, etc.) in Europe and Asia.

Icey LI (Vice General Manager, Huihai Dacheng) has a bachelor degree majored in Industry and Business Management. Prior to Li’s major responsibility as co-founder and Vice General Manager of Huihai Dacheng Enterprise Management Co., Ltd., she has 15 years of working experience in different government offices, namely Statistics Bureau, Auditing Bureau, Industry and Information Technology Bureau, Commerce Bureau. Hence, she has intensive and in-depth knowledge and study on government policies, which enables her to explore her own business in providing consultation and services to enterprises like Bollhoff, Sony Electronics, Faurecia, York, HellermannTyton, Trelleborg, and etc. Within 5 years she has won reputation and recognition from her customers by helping them fully understand government policies and leveraging government subsidies to their new investment in China.


Event Partners:

German Chamber of Commerce

WuxiCham

Suntech

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Event Recap: Post COVID Recovery Status & deep-dive on limiting factors for the recovery

On April 29th we had our monthly WuxiCham meeting were we were looking at the status of the current post COVID recovery with a special deep dive at the situation of the electronics industry.

About 20 members and guests joined the meeting at Mamamia Wuxi where we were provided with a great venue and delicious food.

After a general market update and discussion it was obvious that quite a number of members are affected by sharply rising raw material cost and shortages, a side effect of a strong on-going recovery. This situation is still expected to stay around for a while before supply catches up or demand slows down.

Sally Chen, founder of CINNO joined us from Shanghai to present on the status of the electronic industry. Electronic part shortages are more and more having an effect on the recovery as they limit output in key industries such as the automotive industry. It was interesting to learn that currently around 75% of all displays are made in China. More progress is being made to also supply even the latest display technology also out of local production.

The strong sales of electronic products since 2020 with Tablets & PCs showing substantial growth, capacities in the industry are simply not able to keep up with all the demand. So shortages are expected to stay around for a bit longer, putting further challenged on the recovery of the industry.


Sally Chen, the founder of CINNO, who has 16 years industry experience, has degrees in Polymer Engineering Bachelor Degree and a Financial MBA Degree.

CINNO is a professional Research and Consulting company specializing in the field of Flat Panel Display and Semiconductor industry, and providing a full range of industry consulting, financial service, marketing promotion and head-hunting, doing service for hundreds of customers every year.

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“Post COVID Recovery Status & deep-dive on limiting factors for the recovery” on April 29th

With a yoy GDP growth of 18.3% in Q1 2021 China is leading the global recovery.

We would like to invite you to join our event on Thursday, April 29th where we will talk about the current outlook of the post COVID recovery and the challenges for a continuous recovery that loom by the shortage of key electronic components.

At first, we will look into the current status of the recovery and the expectation of economists on the recent developments and the outlook.

After the overall outlook, we will focus on the imminent challenges for all of us, driven by a sustained and extreme recovery such as logistic challenges, shortage of electronic components, raising cost and beyond.

For this deeper look at the challenges in the electronic supply Chain and how it will impact the ongoing recovery, we are happy to have Sally Chen of the CINNO Group in Shanghai join us.

Sally Chen, the founder of CINNO, who has 16 years industry experience, has degrees in Polymer Engineering Bachelor Degree and a Financial MBA Degree.

CINNO is a professional Research and Consulting company specializing in the field of Flat Panel Display and Semiconductor industry, and providing a full range of industry consulting, financial service, marketing promotion and head-hunting, doing service for hundreds of customers every year.

Please register and join us:        
on Thursday, April 29th
at 6:30 pm
at Mammamia Wuxi (34 Yang Chun Xiang, No. 9 Yongle East Road, Wuxi)
for our event.

The event will have a dinner and drinks included in the ticket price.

Fees:
Members: 120 RMB
Guests: 220 RMB

Registration link:

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WuxiCham Annual Dinner on March 18th 2021 @ Interconti Hotel Wuxi

We are looking forward to you joining us on the 18th of March from 6pm at the Interconti Wuxi Hotel for our Annual Dinner.

The event includes a nice 5* dinner and a number of good bottles of wine on us. You can enjoy whilst we report on our activities and achievements in 2020 and share with you our plans and priorities for 2021.

We hope to also get some more ideas from you during the discussions to help our chamber better support you going forward.

There will also be lots of time for networking and mingling.

Date: March 18th (Thursday)
Time: 18:00 start of the event,
18:30 start of the presentation,
19:00 start of the dinner
Location:  Intercontinental Wuxi, Liangxi district, YongHe Road 6
无锡君来洲际酒店, 梁溪区永和路6号

Price: Member Price will be 120 RMB
Non-Member (or those who have not yet renewed their Membership…) Price will be 220 RMB

You can use this QR code/Link to register:

Membership Renewal

This is a great moment for you to renew your membership for 2021. You will need to have an active membership for 2021 to enjoy the member pricing at all our events. The renewal rates are, as before, (standard 300 / associate 400). Please contact Antti regarding renewals.

You can follow this link for membership matters: Membership.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the 18th.

The WuxiCham Committee

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SAVE THE DATE – Next WuxiCham Event on March 18th!

We hope that you will be able to join us on March the 18th for our upcoming annual dinner. We will be enjoying good food whilst going through last year’s events & activities and discussing our plans for 2021. Your input here is highly appreciated. Certainly will we also leave plenty of time discussion and mingling.

We are currently fixing the venue and will share more details & start time soon. We will also open up the registration form in a few days. For now, please pencil the date into your calendar. As mentioned at our last event, we will try to stick to events being held on each third Thursday of the month.

This is now also a great moment for you to renew your membership for 2021. You will need to have an active membership for 2021 to enjoy the member pricing at all our events. The renewal rates are as before (standard 300 / associate 400) and Antti is the contact person for renewals.

You can also follow this link for membership matters: Membership.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

The WuxiCham Committe

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Get-together & Discussion of the WuxiCham 2.0

Hi all!

With most of us in town, we would like to invite you for a mixer with other members, friends and supporters of the chamber.

Currently there are only very few people left to actively drive things and being a non-profit we count on members’ dedication and volunteers to keep the chamber going.

We would like to use this occasion to reflect and also to hear from you about your wishes, expectations and aspirations you have for WuxiCham.

End of February we will host a more formal event to plan our year 2021, to set priorities, to discuss direction and hopefully to have some of our members step up and guide the chamber to the new year.

Fresh blood is more than welcome – it is required to continue and grow!

But firstly, let us get together next week for a pre-holiday dinner! The dinner will be an amazing all you can eat buffet & drinks. You will be impressed.

We hope you can join us for a dinner buffet and drinks to catch up and discuss further.


date: Thursday, February 4th
time: 6pm start
location: Holiday Inn Wuxi Central Station No.18 North Xingchang Road, Liangxi District (North Exit of Wuxi Railway Station)
price: 100 RMB members/200 RMB non-members
registration:

REGISTER HERE

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Event Recap: ”Balancing the magic triangle of Management, Employee and Customer”

WuxiCham monthly meeting took place on December 3rd at Wineloft. The topic of the event was “Balancing the magic triangle of Management, Employee and Customer”, facilitated by our own Jim Nelson.

In today’s turbulent and ever changing times most of us have to balance the interests of multiple stakeholders in our daily work. Balancing the magic triangle of the Boss, the Worker and the Customer and its interdependencies in a successful way is crucial for sustainable business success.

Jim facilitated a workshop around this topic discussing how the different stakeholders relate to each other and how we may have natural tendencies to focus on some group/groups at the expense of others. Jim’s introduction to the topic was followed by a self-assessment, and scoring, of behavioral traits when interacting with each stakeholder.

The audience was then divided into groups that dug deeper into needs, expectations, and difficulties of Worker, Customer, and Boss. Lively group discussions followed as the teams worked through their assignment sheet and the excellent dinner catered by Wineloft.

Finally the groups shared their learnings and Jim provided the team with suggested further reading on the topic. As always, we finished with mingling and some members stayed a bit longer to catch up with each others before the holiday season.

The last WuxiCham event for 2020 is the Winter Bazaar, which was organized just a week after this gathering.

About Jim Nelson

Mr. Jim Nelson is the President of SHI Group and has been active in China since 1991. In his past activities he led a pager lamp factory supplying Motorola and an investment management company; started a microfinance loan operation that became an industry standard for efficiency; led operations for a holding company etc. Jim has been a long-time member of our Chamber and held various presentations in the past that had great participation and reviews by the guests.

His company, SHI Group China recruits Trustworthy Talent for western companies active in China. Founded in 2009, SHI Group’s goal is to find the best candidates with character, skills and leadership ability for its clients. SHI Group provides the real data beyond what the resume and interview might uncover.

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Balancing the magic triangle of Management, Employee and Customer

Join us for the next WuxiCham event on December 3rd at the Wineloft in Wuxi. This event will be focusing on the daily management challenges we are all facing.

In today’s turbulent and ever changing times most of us have to balance the interests of multiple stakeholders in our daily work.

Balancing the magic triangle of the Boss, the Worker and the Customer and its interdependencies in a successful way is crucial for sustainable business success. Let’s meet to together and learn from Jim and discuss among each other what it takes to do well. There should be take-aways for everyone.

Mr. Jim Nelson is the President of SHI Group and has been active in China since 1991. In his past activities he led a pager lamp factory supplying Motorola and an investment management company; started a microfinance loan operation that became an industry standard for efficiency; led operations for a holding company etc.

Jim has been a long-time member of our Chamber and held various presentations in the past that had great participation and reviews by the guests.

His company, SHI Group China recruits Trustworthy Talent for western companies active in China. Founded in 2009, SHI Group’s goal is to find the best candidates with character, skills and leadership ability for its clients. SHI Group provides the real data beyond what the resume and interview might uncover.

JOIN US:
On Thursday, December 3rd
From 6Pm
At the Wineloft in Wuxi
For an exciting evening of wine, exchange and discussions

Included are two glasses of wine per person and a dinner of Cesar salads; Creamy mushroom soup; Spaghetti Bolognese; Australia sirloin steak or salmon with vegetables; coffee or tea.
Price   
100 RMB for Members
200RMB for Non-Members

Registration Link

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Join us for a test drive of the latest NIO electric vehicles ahead of our October 29th event!

In addition to the high quality event we have prepared on the 29th of October, Bollhoff has worked overtime to bring an additional highlight to Wuxi.

Click Logo to learn more about NIO.

Ahead of our event, which starts on the 29th at 5:30 pm, NIO will be offering test drives with their latest electric cars. NIO is one of the pioneers of electric mobility in China with a successful market performance and a number of models in series production for several years.

They will showcase two cars, their famous ES6 & the new flagship car, the ES8.

Test drives are available for all registered participants of the event – members of WuxiCham and event guests. If you have not signed up to our event yet, please follow this LINK.

Pre-registration and a valid driving license are required to participate.

Slots are limited. Please pick time for the test drive now.

Please ensure that you arrive 15 minutes ahead of your appointment to sign-in and present your valid driving license.

Test Drive Registration

Please note for the registration that:

Car 1: ES6

Car 2: ES8