Dutch Eurosider China secures large technology order with First Automotive Works

FAW Group Corporation and the Dutch company Eurosider (Tianjin) Coating Technology Co., Ltd. have agreed on a long term-collaboration. The collaboration involves the upgrading of FAW’s production plants with efficient and environmental coating technologies. The upgraded production lines are expected to be fully operational in 2018 prior to Chinese New Year. The upgrading program involves amongst other the application of Nitrotherm equipment, a unique application with Globally Patented that applies which applies conditioned nitrogen as the carrier for spray-coating operations. This application not only leads to substantial savings in paint and time, but also improves quality, reduces harmful VOC’s emissions and enhances overall operating stability.

The first step involves the purchase of 18 Nitrotherm units for FAW’s truck production plants. The signing of the contract was carried out by FAW representatives and Eurosider China’s board director Albert van Lawick van Pabst in the presence of Eurosider China’s General Manager Hao Haibo and several representatives from FAW’s technology purchase departments. For FAW the decision to work with Eurosider China is part of its commitment to continuous green innovation, ongoing streamlining of its production efficiency and quality improvements. The company aims to spread the efficiency improvements achieved with Nitrotherm to other FAW-operations such as car-manufacturing. For Eurosider China – says General Manager Hao Haibo – the contract with FAW represents the next step of its aim to become the leading efficient spray painting solution provider to China’s booming automotive and vehicle sector. Eurosider is already serving leading brands all over China in the segments car manufacturing, interior & exterior car component suppliers, bumper molding companies, car-lighting makers, composite manufacturers, & consumer electronics.

Chemistry Delegation

A delegation of three public-private partnership consortia with a focus on Chemistry visited Beijing and Shanghai 13-16 November. The aim of the participants was too look for ways to set up strategic collaboration with top notch researchers in China, as well as innovative companies. The mission was led by the Dutch Top Sector Chemistry, and organized by IA China. The three consortia were the established Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC), and ARC initiatives Soft Advanced Materials (ARC SAM) and ARC GoChem.

Two seminars were hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Organic Chemistry in Shanghai (CAS SIOC), and CAS Institute of Chemistry in Beijing (ICCAS). Next to that a number of visits to universities were organized.

 

At SIOC

At ICCAS

 

CSITF Site visit and seminar: Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP)

Introduction

Seminar on “Smart Chemistry”

On the 19th of April, almost 20 Dutch companies paid a visit to the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai. The objective of this seminar was to explore the possibilities of future development for Dutch organizations in the fields of chemical efficiency, circular economy and waste treatment within China. SCIP has long been focusing on circular economy and environmental issues, and the park and its members are attractive potential partners for Dutch/European companies looking to do business in China. This seminar created new opportunities for broadening networks, sharing knowledge and sparking partnerships that will contribute to a changing future.

 

About SCIP

Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) hosts a large number of MNCs and national (petrochemical) companies in Chemistry. The East China University of Science and Technology is situated close by. The original reason to establish this park was to collect scattered enterprises in one place and, as a result from this decision, development of domestic enterprises was boosted and international players have been attracted. Today, the park focuses more on high-tech, market-compatible companies that fulfil the needs of Shanghai. SCIP is also reaching out to many other industries, such as automotive and information/communication technologies, and has the ambition to open its own R&D center. Almost from he beginning, SCIP has had a strong focus on addressing circular economy and environmental issues within its park. Waste treatment is centralized: the company Suez performs all the waste water treatment and resources are shared more and more. Attention to solid and disposable waste in SCIP is increasing as well and projects to reuse heat and energy are being developed. Besides these focusses, SCIP is exploring possibilities for using renewable energy (such as solar energy) to power some of these projects and reduce CO2 emissions as well. New environmental regulations also ensure the monitoring of ground water and land quality. SCIP should become the first Chinese chemical industry park that is specialized in chemistry with high standards and technology. It has made funding available to update technology, provide safety, support the environment, and anticipates an increased attention from foreign investors.

 

Program

The Dutch delegation during the site visit

The seminar started with opening remarks by the SCIP organisation and the Holland Innovation Network. The first-half of the seminar was focussed on how to set up chemical industry parks and projects that take into account sustainability, circular economy, environmental protection, energy efficiency and innovation in these fields. During this first part, there were speakers from SCIPAC, the planned SCIP R&D Center, Brightlands Chemelot Campus (Mr. Maurice Lambriex) and Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN; Mrs. Sigrid Bollwerk). A short break in between the two parts provided companies with the opportunity to intermingle and hopefully broaden their networks with other parties. The second-half of the seminar was more technical, and addressed the techniques and processes used by various Dutch and Chinese companies. There were speeches by: Suez/Sino-French on their waste water treatment systems on-site at SCIP, Soliqz (Mr. Nicolaas Viets) on their Hydraulic Wash Column technology, Tusti (Mrs. Eline Stiphout) on smart plastic recycling, the ECUST-DSM-TUD collaboration (Mr. Neil Tang) and their work on fermentation processes, The Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT;Mr. Jan Koning) and their work on sustainable process technology development, and GREENMENT (Mr. Johnny Browaeys) with their expertise on setting up businesses in China based on circular economy concepts. Closing remarks were made by Mr. David Pappie, Director Top Sectors and Industrial Policy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands and, afterwards, the programme was rounded off with a tour of the park.

China Shanghai International Technology Fair 2017 a succes!

We look back at a very successful China Shanghai International Technology Fair 2017 (CSITF)! CSITF is the most important national level technology fair in China and this year the Netherlands was Guest Country of Honor.

Innovation Missions with Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam

Around 40 Dutch companies and knowledge institutes participated in one of the three innovation missions on the special occasion of CSITF, led by Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam. Minister van Dam led three innovation missions on the themes Agriculture, Chemistry and Green Technologies. Also High Tech Systems & Materials was an important sector present at CSITF.

CSITF

Minister van Dam during his opening speech

CSITF took place from April 20 until April 22. Minister for Agriculture, Martijn van Dam, officially opened the CSITF and held a keynote speech at the opening forum. During his speech, he emphasized the possibilities for cooperation between the Netherlands and China. “China is developing very quickly, but also encountering many challenges. Dutch companies have innovative solutions which can help face these challenges. This year, the Netherlands is the Guest Country of Honour. The Dutch would be nowhere without innovation, driven by collaboration among companies, knowledge institutions and government. That is why it is important that China and the Netherlands continue working and innovating together” (read the full text here).

Martijn van Dam, Anneke Adema and Ying Yong

At CSITF, the Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam attended several activities. Besides, several high Chinese officials were interested in meeting the Minister, accompanied by the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai, Anneke Adema. Han Zheng, Party Secretary of Shanghai, Ying Yong, mayor of Shanghai, Fang Aiqing, Vice Minister of Commerce, Li Meng, Vice Minister of S&T and many more Chinese officials met with Minister van Dam and the Consul General at the Holland Innovation Pavilion.

 

Holland Innovation Pavilion

Network Reception at the Holland Innovation Pavilion

26 companies presented themselves at a big, sustainable designed and well-visited Holland Innovation Pavilion. Aside the visit of Chinese and Dutch officials, the Holland Innovation Pavilion was visited by press and technology experts. Dutch companies, universities and institutes presented themselves as innovative collaboration partners and knowledge providers in the Chinese market. Besides large and well-known companies such as Philips, DSM, NXP and AkzoNobel, the pavilion also gave a stage for startups. Overall the Holland Innovation Pavilion presented the Netherlands as a high-tech, innovative and cooperation-driven country.

Companies enjoyed many network opportunities at the Holland Innovation Pavilion. Besides, a special matchmaking event was organised on Thursday afternoon, with interesting opportunities for even more Sino-Dutch cooperation
in the field of innovation.

 

Seminars and Forums

Mr. Guokun Zhang, Director General of the Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission

As Guest Country of Honor, the Netherlands organised different seminars and symposia in the field of Intellectual Property Management & Open Innovation, High Tech Systems and Materials, Sustainable Agricultural and Food Technologies, Green Technologies and Chemistry. The following events were organised:

  • Smart Chemical Industry Forum and Site Visit
    with the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park
  • Soil Remediation Technology Workshop with Wageningen University
    and College of Agriculture and Biology of Shanghai Jiaotong University including a site visit
  • Seminar on Solar Energy and Air Pollution Monitoring
  • Seminar on Waste Treatment and Management
  • Seminar on Advanced Materials Functionality and High Precision Manufacturing with the Shanghai Additive Manufacturing Association
  • Global Roadmap for Integrated Photonics Roundtable with Shanghai Association for Science and Technology
  • IP management and Open Innovation Symposium, with Zhejiang University School of Management, institute of IP management and the Pudong IP bureau of Shanghai
  • Sustainable Agricultural and Food Technologies with the Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission
  • Global Innovation Cities with Rotterdam Partners and Rotterdam Commercial Representative Office

The Holland Innovation Network China and the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai would like to thank The Shanghai Municipal Government for the invitation to be this year’s Guest Country of Honor, SCOFCOM, SITEC, CSITF and all other organizations and companies for their generous support and excellent collaboration.

 

Note: reports about the different seminars will follow soon

Chemical industry in China: Rapidly developing and innovating

As in other industries, the chemical sector is rapidly digitizing. By becoming more and more advanced and through process optimization, the utilization of resources within the industry improves. This transition is leading towards cleaner and safer operations.

However, these developments are not only taking place in the Netherlands or Europe. Nicolaas Viets, CEO of SoliQz, mentions that the Chinese market is rapidly developing, with plenty of opportunities for Dutch companies. “More than 40% of the capacity expansions in the chemical industry will take place in China during the coming years. To realize these capacity expansions, innovative chemical processes and equipment will be required. The Netherlands can deliver technologies that will make the chemical industry even more effective and sustainable.”

Bright future for further Sino-Dutch cooperation

During CSITF, the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP), in collaboration with the Holland Innovation Network, facilitates a discussion between Chinese and Dutch experts. Possibilities for future developments in the fields of Chemical Efficiency, Circular Economy and Waste Stream Management within China between Dutch organizations and SCIP as a pioneer in the Shanghai/Jiangsu region will be explored.

Because SCIP fosters a niche that focuses on circular economy and environmental issues, the park and its members are attractive potential cooperation partners for Dutch/European companies looking to do business in China. Mr. Viets also emphasizes that, “fairs like CSITF offer great platforms for the exchange of information between Dutch and Chinese companies.”

In his view, the future for the chemical industry is looking very bright. “China has developed very efficient ways to realize capacity expansions in a short period of time. The Chinese market for chemical production will grow substantially in the coming 5-10 years in order to bring the installed capacity for chemical products in line with the demand.”

Site visit and seminar

The visit to SCIP will create new possibilities for broadening networks, sharing knowledge and sparking partnerships that contribute to a changing future. SCIP’s main objective is to shape and explore investment opportunities. This took place on April 19, from 12:00 until 16:00. A report will follow soon.