Lonza Completes Lab Expansion at Chinese API Production Plant

Lonza completed a laboratory expansion project at its API manufacturing facility in Nansha, China. The project, which grew the footprint of the lab by 250 square meters, included the addition of new analytical and manufacturing equipment and is expected to begin operations this month. The cost of the expansion wasn’t disclosed. The additions extend both capabilities and capacity of development laboratories and kilogram-scale production of highly potent APIs (HPAPIs), which have become a large part of Lonza’s small-molecule development pipeline fueled by increased demand, the company said.“With over 1,000 HPAPIs in development across multiple indications, there is a growing need for HPAPI development and manufacturing capacity from early-phase to commercial,” Jan Vertommen, an executive director for Lonza, said in a statement.

Datwyler closed the acquisition of Yantai Xinhui Packing

Datwyler closed the acquisition of Yantai Xinhui Packing announced on December 7, 2021, on March 1, 2022, thus becoming the owner of the Chinese company. This strategically important acquisition gives Datwyler direct access to the fast-growing healthcare market in China. China is the largest emerging market for pharmaceuticals. Datwyler expects the relevant healthcare market to grow by more than 10% annually in the coming years. Yantai Xinhui Packing has a modern plant with spare capacity for the production of elastomer components for healthcare applications. With some 170 employees, the company generates annual revenue of around CHF 15 million. With Yantai Xinhui Packing, Datwyler is acquiring an important local presence in China. This will enable Datwyler to play an active role in the Chinese healthcare market and to participate more strongly than before in its growth. Yantai Xinhui Packing brings a modern production plant, motivated employees, existing customer contacts and a well-established sales organization. Datwyler contributes its core competencies in solution design, material know-how and operational excellence as well as its global industry experience. Together, the two companies will create an optimal platform for local production and marketing of Datwyler’s product range for the Chinese healthcare market.

An Interview with Philippe Roesle, new CEO at Swissnex in China

Swissnex in China, the Science Consulate of Switzerland in China, welcomes its new CEO, Philippe Roesle, who will assume responsibilities in March 2022. Philippe Roesle was previously Acting Head of Bilateral Relations at the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI. In his new role as both CEO of Swissnex in China and Head of the Science, Technology, Education Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in China, he will continue to facilitate the development and cooperation between Switzerland and China in education, research, and innovation.

Swiss Banking on China’s Winter Olympics Legacy

Switzerland Tourism, the national marketing and sales organization for the Alpine country, expects to reap long-term benefits from the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, betting on Chinese tourists to hit the slopes in their home country and in the Alps soon, a top executive says. Simon Bosshart, head of Markets East at Switzerland Tourism, tells Xinhua that the Beijing Games have opened up massive business opportunities for the landlocked, mountainous country, which is one of the world’s top destinations for winter sports. “For us, the Beijing Olympics have started far earlier than just this February. We saw this craze for winter sports coming a decade ago. We started to promote such offerings intensively 10 years ago,” he says. “All these preparatory years of the Olympics have, of course, massively fertilized the interest of the Chinese in winter sports.” As of October 2021, over 346 million Chinese people have pursued winter sports activities since Beijing’s successful Winter Olympic bid in 2015, far exceeding the country’s initial goal, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics. The number of people pursuing winter sports is expected to surpass 50 million by 2025, according to the government’s 2016-25 development plan for the sector.

ACROBiosystems Establishes Presence in the Basel Area

ACROBiosystems, which is headquartered in Beijing, has selected the Basel Area for its first European location. From here, the biopharmaceutical firm plans to expand its research and commercial activities in Europe. The Chinese firm ACROBiosystems, which is headquartered in Beijing, is to establish a presence at the Allschwil site of the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area. This is the biopharmaceutical firm’s first European subsidiary, while it already operates a site in Newark in the US State of Delaware. From  the Basel Area, ACROBiosystems intends to expand its research and commercial activities across Europe, according to a statement. Both, the investment and innovation promotion agency Basel Area Business & Innovation and the foundation Switzerland Innovation, which brings innovative companies into contact with scientific institutions, supported ACROBiosystems in establishing its business in the area. “We welcome ACROBiosystems as promising contributor to our vibrant life sciences community at the Switzerland Innovation Park Basel Area in Allschwil”, comments Karin Crisanto, Head Innovation Space and Infrastructure at Basel Area Business & Innovation. “With its focus on collaboration with local customers and partners the company is a good fit for us.”

Swiss Ski Brand Stockli Sees Beijing Olympics as Catalyst for China Business

Switzerland’s leading producer of skis said the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games has injected fresh momentum in its China business and that he expects to see a double-digit growth in sales over the next few years. “We believe that even beyond the Olympics, the growth trend in winter sports in China will continue,” Christian Gut, chief sales and marketing officer at Stockli Swiss Sports, told Xinhua in an online interview. “China has the potential to become one of the world’s biggest markets in the coming years. It is a very important market for us.” With a history dating back to 1935, the family business sells skis in 30 countries and employs 100 people. Gut said that the 2022 Olympic Winter Games gave a huge boost to his business. “In recent years, we have seen massive investments in the Chinese market, in the country’s ski resorts.” he said. Gut expects many Chinese skiers to travel to the Swiss mountains once the pandemic-related restrictions are lifted. “According to our information, half of the Chinese skiers also visit slopes abroad. This has a very positive influence and is also a reason why we are active on Chinese social media as a small Swiss company.”

Militzer & Münch China Opens Branch in Chongqing

The Militzer & Münch Group is reinforcing its presence in China: on January 4, the team of Militzer & Münch China took into operation a new office in the megacity of Chongqing. With its eighth branch in China so far, the logistics service provider is strengthening its network in the growing economic region in the southwest of the country. Last year, Militzer & Münch China’s business developed well; reason enough to further expand market presence in China and to open an office in the country’s southwest. “China is of central importance for our growth in Asia”, says Andreas Löwenstein, Regional Managing Director Asia / Far East at Militzer & Münch. “The team at the new branch office will cooperate closely with our country units in Europe to strengthen our Asia-Europe traffics.” The new Militzer & Münch branch office is headed by Dave Li, who is himself a native of Chongqing and has more than ten years of professional experience in logistics. “The new branch will help us to improve our network and presence in Central and Western China,” says Elyar Sherkati, Managing Director of M&M’s Chinese country unit. “Our goal is to grow the local business and provide diversified and high-quality services throughout.”

ABB E-mobility Increases Majority Stake in Chinese EV Charging Provider Chargedot

ABB announced it has increased its majority stake in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) charging provider, Chargedot Shanghai New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (“Chargedot”) to 80 percent. ABB had previously acquired a 67 percent stake in Chargedot in March 2020. The additional investment is part of ABB E-mobility’s growth strategy and further strengthens ABB’s position in the rapidly growing Chinese e-mobility market. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. China recorded the highest number of EV sales globally in 2021 for the seventh consecutive year, with more than 3.5 million electric vehicles sold; a 1.6 fold increase on 20201. Frank Muehlon, President of ABB’s E-mobility division comments: “Since ABB’s acquisition in 2020 we have seen strong double-digit growth in the Chargedot business. ABB has helped deliver innovations in safe, smart and sustainable charging hardware and software solutions to the Chinese market, supporting leading companies such as SAIC, Xpeng and GAC Toyota. Looking ahead, Chinese demand for high-power charging solutions and export strategies for Chinese OEM’s are both showing significant growth. With this we see strong opportunities to leverage our global experience to further support our Chinese customers and increase market share.”

2021: Swiss Exports Soar to a New High

While the COVID-19 pandemic cast a massive shadow over Swiss foreign trade in 2020, it proved to be extremely robust in 2021. Exports grew by 15.2% to a new record high, while imports climbed by 10.1%. The difference in the pace of growth between exports and imports caused the trade surplus to rise to a substantial CHF 58.7 billion. The Swiss export industry sold more goods in all three major economic areas. Double-digit growth rates were observed in deliveries to Europe (+18.1%, or +21.9 bn) and North America (+17.0%, or +7.4 bn). Shipments to Asia were also up by 9.0%, or CHF 4.4 billion. In the case of Asia, the increase in exports to Hong Kong (+23.0%), China (new record), Japan and Singapore was significant. In Europe, Spain stood out with a rise of CHF 5.1 billion. The cumulative increase in exports to Germany, France and Italy amounted to CHF 9.2 billion. Meanwhile, sales to the United States expanded by CHF 7.4 billion, or +18.8%, thereby reaching a new record level. At the same time, 2021 saw the United States replace Germany as the most important buyer of Swiss products for the first time since 1954.

Roche Accelerator Wins 2021 Award for Innovation in Social Governance

Roche Accelerator was honored on Wednesday with the 2021 Award for Innovation in Social Governance, an accolade organized by Shanghai Daily under the guidance of the Information Office of Shanghai Municipality and Shanghai United Media Group. This award honors enterprises for outstanding contributions to economic growth and social governance through innovative practice in line with Shanghai’s ambition to build a “science and technology innovation center with global influence.” It also encourages multinational companies to explore new solutions to jointly bolster community development. The Swiss healthcare giant’s Roche Accelerator stood out to win the award from among 500 Chinese and foreign multinational corporations. The accelerator was officially launched in 2021 with the backing of government and strategic partners who invested nearly 300 million yuan (USD 47.3 million). As Roche’s first in-house accelerator worldwide, it aims to stimulate healthcare innovation in China and empower the local primary care ecosystem. It focuses on pharma, diagnostics, and personalized healthcare, including artificial intelligence (AI), digital solutions, and other frontier medical fields. Led by Roche R&D, it leverages the firm’s full-spectrum resources, ranging from early research and development to commercialization. It also works with partners to provide promising innovative startups with space, technology guidance, funding and operational support to reduce research risk, and foster scientific achievement.


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