24.01.2017

Meeting with Chinese President

Datwyler invited to join in the discussions

Round table with President Xi Jinping

Mr. Johannes Müller, CEO of Datwyler Cabling Solutions AG (left)

Datwyler Headquarters in Altdorf, Switzerland

Datwyler (Suzhou) Cabling Solutions Co., Ltd. in Taicang, China

Datwyler signed an investment agreement with Jiangsu Taicang New District in 2012

President Xi Jinping met around 30 business representatives during a state visit to Switzerland in January. CEO Johannes Müller took part in the discussions in Bern on behalf of Datwyler Cabling Solutions.

In the presence of Swiss President Doris Leuthard the Chinese head of state and party leader highlighted the fruitful cooperation enjoyed by both countries over the past 67 years, and announced his intention of concluding new treaties to strengthen the relationship. Xi confidently predicted that the Chinese economy – the second largest in the world – would continue to grow steadily. He said that international economic cooperation was an important prerequisite for this.

Together against protectionism
In Xi’s view Chinese and Swiss business communities have many interests in common, such as a free and open international market economy. This means that they should join in addressing every form of economic isolationism and trade protectionism.

Among other things the President made the case for driving forward the “One Belt, One Road” project – known as the Silk Road Initiative – aimed at developing an intercontinental infrastructure network between Europe and China, and for trying to enlist further partners.

Partners in innovation
Xi Jinping admitted that the Chinese economy not only needed more quality and sustainability, but that it also had to become “greener”. Europe in particular, with its advanced technologies and management expertise in areas such as smart manufacturing, finance, insurance, and energy, could be an innovation partner for China.

The business representatives present responded positively to China’s efforts at improving the protection of intellectual property and held out the prospect of bigger investment in the country to further boost high-tech cooperation.

Executives of internationally active Swiss companies such as ABB, Nestle, Roche and Schindler took part in the Round Table. As one of the most successful Swiss ICT companies in China, Datwyler, represented by CEO Johannes Müller, was also invited to join in the discussions.

Almost 20 successful years in China  
Datwyler has been a presence on the Chinese market since back in 1998. There it manufactures mainly ICT cabling systems and lift cables which the company markets nationwide using a network of sales offices and local partners. In early 2014 Datwyler Cabling Solutions set up a new 42,000 square meter production facility in Taicang in Jiangsu Province, one of the most modern in the world. Datwyler’s flagship projects over past years include high-performance data networks in the Siemens Center Shanghai, at the BMW plant in Shenyang and in numerous national and international airports, as well as data centers at Shanghai Electric, Huawei Hangzhou, China Eastern Airlines and Shenzhen Ping An Bank.