BERN: The Swiss Center Shanghai is a non-profit organisation that facilitates the market entry of Swiss companies in the Far East.
In the first six months of 2015, Swiss goods in the value of CHF7.2 billion ($7.5 billion) have been exported to China and Hong Kong. That means China remains the third biggest market for Swiss goods behind Germany and the United States.
Despite the strong Swiss franc and weak Swiss exports to China, the majority of Swiss companies based there plan to increase their investments. According to the 2015 Swiss Business in China survey, 72% of Swiss firms will boost their local investment. Moreover, 78% expect “higher” or “substantially higher” sales in China this year, compared with just 1% expecting lower sales.
The survey, compiled by the China Europe International Business School, the Swiss Center Shanghai, the Swiss Embassy in China, Swissnex, SwissCham and China Integrated, comprises responses of 62 Swiss companies out of the total 368 foreign-owned enterprises. All together, some 254 Swiss companies are registered with SwissCham China. The first half of 2015 saw a decline in Swiss exports to most major markets, including a 6.6% drop in exports to China and Hong Kong. Yet the take-in is still significant.
explained Nicolas Musy in a statement released on Monday. Musy is the managing director of the Swiss Center Shanghai, a non-profit organisation facilitating the market entry of Swiss companies in the Far East.