Day 0: The Arrival

After some complications at the Zurich airport, where both Matthias (Schütz and Litzke) from our group had to stay on ground, we left for Frankfurt. During our stop in Frankfurt, we saw the famous US Rapper “The Game”. After a long flight we arrived safely at Bangalore airport. Most of us experienced a cultural shock – cows were walking on the highway, crazy taxi drivers drove on the road and a chaotic traffic were some of the main reasons. Welcome to India!

Later in the residence we found out that the intercultural communication had some minor lacks. Our group was located in three hotels, where each of them received different sized rooms. Some of us had to sleep in the same room with locals. The reason was that room sharing is for Indian commo
n and the trip management hasn’t expressed it exactly, that we only want to share rooms among Swiss students. After complaining at the reception we achieved the reallocation into other rooms without unknown companions. At the end everything worked out well – typical Indian manner.
At 7 o’clock we met at the ‘Barbeque Nation’ restaurant, where all of us ate Indian food with a western Barbeque touch. After the lovely dinner with dancing servants, we decided to get some sleep to be ready for the next day morning.

Day 4 – Bejing: Zimmer/Montagne, Olympic Stadium and Fast Train to Shanghai

Our last day in Beijing started in the morning, where we had to check out of the Novotel and be ready for boarding the coach. Around 8:30am the coach took us to the Zimmer’s (US company) new acquisition, the Montagne factory in Changping District. We were warmly welcomed by Mr. Robby Kissling (Integration Director) and his team. After a detailed presentation, that contained information about the changes, which had been made since the time Zimmer had acquired the company, we were shown those changes while walking through the factory. As earlier described by Mr. Kissling during the presentation, Montagne produces orthopaedic implants for the Chinese market. Even as those products are in the mid range, seen from a global prospective, those product are on the higher end for the Chinese market, as the sell around USD 3,500. When Zimmer was taking control over the factory in the beginning of the year, post-merger integration process started. Continue reading

Day 08 – Good Morning Vietnam

At day 8 we dived into the Vietnamese culture. After a long trip from Shenzhen, China, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, we finally reached the tropical climate. Due to a delayed arrival, we cancelled the first sightseeing part of the city. The day started at ten o’clock with a modest breakfast compared to the impressive one at the Shangri-La in Shenzhen. However, the friendly atmosphere of the city warmly welcomed us right from the beginning and we went to the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of Ho Chi Minh City. The presentation was held in an unusual surrounding as it took place in a display room in between teddy bears and other Vietnamese export products. The woman holding the presentation was talking about the general economic situation as well as the influence of the WTO entrance. Additionally she focused on the emerging sectors and provided a broad outlook into the economic future in the year 2020. One major focus is set on the service sector, accounting now for 38% of the GDP, including the fields of finance, tourism and infrastructure. Continue reading

Day 10: Haining leather companies

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