Dear ladies and gentlemen,
Dear company representatives and entrepreneurs,
Dear friends and supporters of German-Chinese cooperation,
It is my great honor and pleasure to lead this year’s delegation trip to China. My home state North Rhine-Westphalia is famous for its longstanding and close ties to China. With China being the largest trading partner for North Rhine-Westphalia outside the EU, North Rhine-Westphalia is also the number 1 investment location for Chinese companies in all of Germany. More than 1.100 Chinese companies in North Rhine-Westphalia contribute to the tremendous innovative power of our region and appreciate our state’s dense research network, well-developed infrastructure and strategic location in the center of Europe.
Against the backdrop of China remaining the world’s largest new energy vehicle (NEV) market and starting to relax joint venture requirements for car manufacturing in 2018, this delegation trip has been organized to deepen and broaden the existing relations in the respective field. The transformation of the mobility sector from a mobility “machine provider” to a mobility “service provider” with electric drive train, big data, autonomous driving and other high-tech and digital capabilities will affect business and people’s lives in Germany and China. At the same time, it creates countless opportunities for new technologies, business models and services. China and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s economically strongest state, are perfect partners to take the challenges ahead and jointly advance their position as global leaders in the mobility sector.
The year 2018 not just marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, but also the 30th anniversary of the establishment of fruitful and intense sister province relationships between the state North Rhine-Westphalia and both Jiangsu and Sichuan province. I am therefore eagerly looking forward to celebrate those two important events with our partners and friends in Nanjing and Chengdu as well as help preparing the ground for more cooperation projects and bilateral exchanges in the near future.
This brochure provides an overview of the different experts and entrepreneurs from North Rhine-Westphalia participating in the delegation trip to China. Please take the opportunity to get in touch for an exchange of ideas and for identifying areas of mutual interest.
With warm regards,