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Switzerland to Host the Prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in 2019

by eggplant in BFI, EM

The town of Aigle in Switzerland will become the world’s wine capital in 2019. The travelling Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will host its next event there. The choice was announced on the last day of the 2018 competition, when Dai Binbin, Chief of the Haidian district of Beijing, China, solemnly handed over the Concours Mondial wine glass to Frédéric Borloz, the Mayor of Aigle, Switzerland. “After Beijing, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is returning to its European origins, choosing Switzerland, where vines have been grown since the Roman Empire. The country ranks 5th worldwide for per capita wine consumption”, commented Baudouin Havaux, Chairman of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. “Swiss wines are on the Concours Mondial’s top ten medal list”, he added. “Organising a competition of such magnitude opens up a multitude of doors and provides invaluable visibility, all over the world. Aigle will be proud to host the Brussels World Competition and share the passion of making wine with professionals from around the globe“, commented the Mayor of Aigle Frédéric Borloz. 2019 will be an exceptional year for the Swiss wine industry, as the country will also host the General Meeting of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the Winegrowers’ Festival(Fête des Vignerons) in Vevey which has taken place once every 25 years since 1797.

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ABB Debuts ÒFactory of the FutureÓ Solutions at CIIF

by swisscham in EM

ABB showcased its factory automation solutions and ABB Abilityª Connected Services including robotics, smart sensors, and energy efficient motors and drives systems at the 19th China International Industry Fair (CIIF). The company also showcased three new products and solutions at its 1,300 square meter exhibition booth (booth number: 8.1H-E001) at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai. The companyÕs exhibit highlights the connectivity and integration of ABB automation technologies in smart factories, which support Chinese manufacturers at a critical time in the continued transformation of the industry. Under the “Made in China 2025” strategic plan, a new round of technological upgrades and industrial transformation will promote rapid changes in the industrial field. Smart manufacturing, featured with information technology and the accelerated integration of the manufacturing industry will, in turn, increase ChinaÕs economic development and growth. Chinese manufacturers are moving to highly flexible, increasingly digital intelligent production systems in their shift to the high end of the industrial value chain.

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ClariantÕs investment in China to increase

by swisscham in EM

Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant will increase its investment and operations in China in the next two years as it taps China’s environmental protection needs. Clariant, with headquarters for its China operations in Shanghai, plans to build an integrated facility, “one Clariant campus,” to support innovation, research and development, sales and marketing. Construction of the campus, which will employ 500 staff, is due to kick off at the end of this year, with operations starting in 2018. “Our investment in China will account for 40% of the total in 2017,”

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