The day 9 was characterized by chinese midsize companies in the area of Hangzhou.
After a little delay in the morning we started the day by bus in direction to Haining City. The first company we visited was Haining City Lili Leather Garments Co. Ltd which manufactures and exports leatherwear. We were impressed to see the whole process of producing leather jackets of the company. We had the opportunity to see the different divisions starting with the designing of the clothes, followed by cutting, sewing, sticking and packaging. Afterwards we were able to see the final product produced for customers like H&M, Esprit, Geox, Pierre Cardin, Only and s’Oliver.
The second company we visited was Nicelink Home Furnishings Co. Ltd which produces and exports sofa covers. This company has also a very deep value chain, producing in-house excep the used leather. It was impressive to see the size of the production hall and the many engaged employees. Very hungry we ate close by the company in a Chinese restaurant. It was delicious.
Finally we were guided through a tannery where we were able to see the different steps of producing usable leather for jackets. The company puts emphasis on the cleaning of the chemical production liquid. They collect and transfer it to a central cleaning water station where most of the waste is being removed.
After checking out of the hotel we took a bus to the German company Kuehne+Nagel, which provides to its custoemers fully integrated supply chain solutions. Mr. Gino Marzola (General Manager of Kuehne+Nagel Shanghai) and Markus Johannsen (Seafreight Manager) welcomed us at the headquarters in Shanghai. Afterwards Mr. Benjamin Schatzel, Assistant seafreight manager, held a presentation and gave us very interesting insights in to the main business units. Kuehne+Nagel operates in the field of seafreight (No 1 worldwide), airfreight (No. 3 worldwide) contract logistics (No. 3 worldwide) and road and rail logistics (No. 6 in Europe). The presentation was followed by a lunch consisting of delicous sandwiches offered by Kuehne+Nagel.
In the afternoon accompanied by Benjamin Schatzel and Ms. Amelie Saupe (Marketing Executive), we embarked the bus towards Yangshan Port. The journey took us about 1.5h from which the last 20 minutes led over a 32.5 km long brand new bridge to an artificial island. On a viewpoint we had a magnificent view over the port with it’s thousands of containers and many departing and arriving container vessels. Then we made a tour through the exibithion halls of the Yangshan Port Management Center. One could marvel at a mindblowing model of the whole harbour area. After some last pictures we headed towards the Shanghai Hongqiao train station, where we embarked on a train to Hangzhou. Arrived in Hangzhou we took taxis to our next hotel.
Ready for another long and interesting day around Shanghai we met early in the morning in the lobby and boarded the bus for heading to the first company visit of the day. After driving out of Shanghai for quite a while we arrived at the VW factory where we had the chance to have a look at one of the company’s high-quality production plants producing the brands VW and Skoda for the Chinese market. We had a quick instruction by a video-tap followed by a ride through the production and they showed us two of the three main production areas. It was fascinating to see all the robots working on the cars and especially the pure form of just-in-time production was impressive. Unfortunately it was kind of a standardised visit and it was not possible to ask detailed questions about VW in China.
This year, the ZHAW School of Management and Law again organizes a field trip to China. The class led by Prof. Dr. René Ruettimann will visit between the 28th of June and the 16th of July interesting places with valuable contributions to understand better the “Kingdom of the middle”. This year’s trip focuses on the cities Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Yiwu City, Guilin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hongkong. Basically, the trip focuses on four main areas:
The main attractions will be large and midsize Chinese companies, Swiss subsidiaries in China, historical and cultural attractions as well as speeches and lectures at two universities. The organization team exists of M. Lehmann. J. Brzezek, A. Naeff, S. Haelg and M. Colle. For all interested in the progress of our trip, please read our daily addition to the blog 2011 and receive more details about our activities.
The schedule of day 4 was comprehensive and allowed broad and diverse insights into various aspects of Chinese business. This included: Visiting the Mayor of Suzhou, a visit at Phonak and a Silk Factory, a tour through the Lingering Garden and a canal tour. A reception at SWISSNEX in the evening completed the day.
As for some events the maximum number of participants was limited, our class was split up into 2 groups. The day started for a delegation of the ZHAW and 10 students with an official meeting with the Mayor of the industry park in Suzhou. The main topic of the discussion was about the recruiting model supplying the needed labor for the companies operating in the industry park. This, to our surprise, is done centrally through a government regulated agency. After the talk we had the chance to visit an exhibition about the Industry Park of Suzhou. Meanwhile, the other group of students enjoyed a boat ride on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the longest artificial river in the world with 1’776 km. Continue reading →
Haining City is known as the leather manufacturing cluster of China and is located about 60 km from Hangzhou. First we visited Haining City Lili Leather Garments. At the beginning of the tour we were given the chance to have a glance at some of the company’s products, such as leather jackets, vests, hand bags and many more. After that the tour continued through the various stages of the clothing production. Overall we were surprised by the good working conditions and the good atmosphere amongst the factory workers. We were able to cheer them up even more by distributing candies which was highly appreciated. Continue reading →
After a delay due to the non acceptance of international credit cards in the hotel check out in the JinJiang Hotel we finally arrived at Shanghai Automotives Volkswagen (SVW) by bus. We were impressed by the sheer size of the plant. The tour of the company was very well organized and structured and started by a video presentation which explained the history of SVW. Unfortunately the whole visit was not very personal as the Secretary left the room. Continue reading →
ZHAW School of Management and Law under the lead of Prof. Dr. René Ruettimann is again organising a field trip to China. This year, the trip will start on Tuesday 29th June with a dinner at a Beijing Duck restaurant in Beijing. In the following weeks, 34 Bachelor Business as well as Business Law students will visit companies, a university, meet with Chinese students and representatives of Swiss delegations in China. Apart from Beijing, the group will visit Handan, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Guangzhou and finally, Hong Kong! The trip will end in Hong Kong on Saturday 17th July.