Access to the Chinese Market for Water Technologies – Overview of the first Activities

CEWP will in the coming 4 years host a series of Access Program Events, which will help European Companies in getting access to the significant Chinese Market for Water Technologies. The first Access Program will take place at the Qingdao International Water Conference in Qingdao, Shandong, during June 26th-29th, 2018. The detailed program of the Access Program Events in Qingdao is available here.

A new initiative, headed by the China Europe Water Platform and supported by the EU Partnership Instrument, will strengthen European Companies’ opportunities to access the Chinese Market for Water Technologies. An overview of the initiative and the first concrete activities can be found here.

The Chinese Water Market is set for long-term growth. The Challenges regarding both Water Supply and Water Quality are immense, but also fully recognized by the Chinese Authorities. Large-scale Investment Programs have been initiated to bring the ambitious targets set in the 13th Five-Year Plan to be realized.

At the same time, this market is considered to constitute substantial difficulties for international companies. How to get Access to this market? Which part of China to prioritize? How to find relevant information? How to find customers, innovation project partners, business partners and investors?

The China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) will offer a series of Access Programs Events, which will aim at assisting European Companies in addressing these questions, hereby reducing the transaction costs significantly. The Access Program Events will take place at side-events at selected Water Tech Expos, distributed evenly all over China, and with a focus on market segments which suits to the priority water challenge of this part of the country. Further, a number of events will take place in Europe.

The Access Program will provide insights on current and, in particular, future market requirements for water tech solutions (taking into account key game changers  – upcoming regulatory changes, circular economy and digitalization), and offer matchmaking for building of innovation partnerships as well as open innovation processes based on concrete challenges.

Upcoming CEWP Access Program Events will take place at Qingdao International Water Conference in June 2018, in the International Import Expo in Shanghai in November 2018 and in Slush Helsinki in December 2018.