Business Cooperation

The Chinese market for Water Technologies is estimated to be among the largest in the World, estimated at $100 bio in 2016, and with an expected growth rate 2016-2020 to be 28% (Global Water Intelligence, 2017). Both public and private investments are of a substantial scale. The public investments are directly related to recent Government regulatory initiatives and adjoined investment programs.

However, due to a variety of reasons, including language barriers, becoming established and expanding at the Chinese Water Tech Market may pose huge difficulties, however competitive the products of services of the international companies. Similar difficulties exists for Chinese companies aiming for the European Water Tech Markets.


In the following, the CEWP Business and Innovation Program and other activities are introduced, and also, as a core part of the contributing to the overall CEWP objective of promoting business development, links to organizations and key sources of information is provided in order to constitute a basic starting point for European companies focusing on the Chinese Water Tech Market.

The CEWP Business and Innovation Program

CEWP will in the coming 3 years host a series of Business and Innovation Program Events, which will help European Companies in getting access to the significant Chinese Market for Water Technologies. The Business and Innovation 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.

The events of the program will take place as 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. You can download the save-the-date flyer from here.

Special Sessions focusing on cross-cutting issues

During 2018-2021, a number of Special Sessions focusing on cross-cutting issues will be held. This first one was held at the IE Expo in Shanghai in May 2018, with a special focusing on Market Barriers. Read more about this Special Session on Market Barriers from here.  

In 2019, the Special Sessions will be held at the IE Expo in Shanghai in April 15th-16th 2019, at the 14th EU-China (EUPIC/EEN) fair in Qingdao and Chengdu in November 11th-15th 2019 (dates to be confirmed) and as a side-event of the CEWP Annual Meeting in Lisbon on December 4th-6th (dates to be confirmed) More information about the events here.

More detailed information about these Special Sessions will be available during Spring 2019.

Overview of the Chinese Water Tech Market

An comprehensive introduction to the Chinese Water Tech Market can be found here: EU SME Center Report: The Water Sector (2013)

An overview presentation of the Chinese Water Tech Market can be found here: An introduction to the Chinese Water Tech Market


Organisations offering Business Support Services

The EU SME Center

The EU SME Centre is a European Union initiative that provides a comprehensive range of hands-on support services to European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), getting them ready to do business in China. For further info: The EU SME Centre Beijing

The Center’s team of experts provides advice and support in four areas – business development, law, standards and conformity and human resources. Collaborating with external experts worldwide, the Centre converts valuable knowledge and experience into practical business tools and services easily accessible online.

The China IPR SME Helpdesk

The China IPR SME Helpdesk is a project founded by the European Union to provide free, business-focused advice for European Small and Medium Sized Enterprises on the protection of intellectual property rights in China. Its services include an enquiry helpline (; training events in Europe, China and online; information resources and online services.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce China – EUCCC

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China was founded in 2000 by 51 member companies that shared a goal of establishing a common voice for the various business sectors of the European Union and European businesses operating in China. It is a members-driven, non-profit, fee-based organisation with a core structure of 43 Working Groups and Fora representing European business in China.

Online Matchmaking

CEWP uses the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Partnering Opportunities Tool for connecting European and Chinese companies. Below you can find a list of offers and requests from companies associated with CEWP that wish to do business in China or Europe. We welcome all companies interested in the work of CEWP to add their profiles to our website. If you wish to add your own profile below, simply add the following text to your EEN profile:

Company is part of CEWP network. China Europe Water Platform is an EU funded network of companies, researchers and government organisations.

For more instructions, please contact your us at communications (a)


Feel free to browse through the profiles below. You can contact the companies through a link in the profile.


Please note that the CEWP online matchmaking will be fully functional and publicized during summer 2019.

To see all water related profiles within the EEN tool, please click here. EEN is funded by the European Union.