SGS and Leaving China for Hong Kong

After checking out our hotel rooms in Guangzhou, we were looking forward to our last company visit of our China field trip. A one hour coach ride took us to the suburbs of Guangzhou, where we reached the local branch of SGS. SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

In a detailed presentation by a manager of SGS we learnt that the aim of SGS is to help customers all over the world operate in a more sustainable manner by improving quality and productivity, reducing risk, verifying compliance and increasing speed to market. The firm with its headquarters in Geneva employs over 55’000 people and operates a network of more than 1’000 offices and laboratories around the world.

After the presentation, we had a highly interesting tour through the laboratories of SGS. We were very impressed about the variety of products which are tested and evaluated by a wide range of methods. From simple static load tests of office chairs to crash tests with bike helmets to chemical analysis of liquids we explored the wide area of operation. During the tour, several questions regarding chemical analzysis were rised by the students and were competently answered by Dr. Ivan Chan, direcor of corporate R&D

In the early afternoon, the coach drove us to the Guangzhou train station where we boarded the train. At the boarder to Hong Kong our temperature had been taken again. Some of us had been checked twice, for whatever reason… Finally, everyone reached Hong Kong the metropolis located at the Chinese south coast. The rest of the day, we could explore the fascinating city on our own.

RAINY FRIDAY

Organization Team incl Chinese Students during the Tea Plantage visit

Organization Team incl Chinese Students during the Tea Plantage visit

The beautiful and poetic landscape of Guilin welcomed us with its limestone hills rising out of the fog. In the Hotel a group of Chinese students from Guilin University of Tourism were already awaiting us. Each of our groups was assigned a group of two to three Chinese students. After some military exercises (Swiss army style) we went to have lunch with our group. As you might have read in the news currently heavy rainfall is challenging the southern part of China. Some of us could not get back from lunch on time due to flooding of the main road of Guilin.

In the afternoon we went to see the company Subachi with heavy delay. Subachi produces leatherwear for the luxury segment. Its main markets are leather wristbands for the Swiss and Hong Kong based luxury watch market. We were introduced to Mr Liu Yun und Mr Bernay, the CEO of Subachi. After a short introduction to Subachi we were split in two groups to see the various steps of production. The leather stock with

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