SwissCham Shanghai is offering a general overview on relevant surveys and market research analysis related to the Sino-Swiss business, economic and trade community.

COVID-19 Business Survey Analysis

In a new survey launched by the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce in China a majority of the 121 participating Swiss companies see light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. 52% expect regular operations latest by June 30. The survey also revealed that many businesses were able to solve major problems they faced in the earlier stage of the coronavirus outbreak, such as the lack of protective equipment, staff shortages and general HR issues.

However, challenges remain. 61% of the companies have difficulties coping with the restrictions traveling to China and traveling inside China. Other issues include reduced demand (67%), reduced revenue (60%) and reduced profits (48%). Almost 2/3 of the respondents expect a revenue slump of 20%-40% this year vs budget if the business can only get back to full operation by August. In terms of investments, there is a divide between the optimists (22.5%) who expect no change in this year and the pessimists / realists (30%) who think investments will decrease by 20% or more vs budget in 2020.

The survey was conducted in April and sent to Swiss companies operating in China. 58% of the participants are SMEs with less than 100 employees in mainland China. 44% of the companies are in industrial goods manufacturing and produce for the Chinese market or for export. The survey was support by the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai and the Swiss Business Hub.

The survey results have been presented during our webinar on Monday, April 27, 2020. To further discuss the topics, we invited a panel with Yves Reymond (Head of the Economic, Trade and Financial Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing), Alfonso Troisi (Business Executive Officer of Greater China at Nespresso and President of SwissCham Shanghai and Board Member of SwissCham China), Marco Bollier (Chief Commercial Officer at Geistlich Pharma China and Board member of SwissCham Beijing), Thilo Koeppe (Managing Director North Asia of Huber+Suhner) and Lily Shi (Managing Director of Hidrostal Pumps and Hidrostal M&E Engineering).

The full survey analysis can be downloaded here. For questions and further information, contact Peter Bachmann, Executive Director of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai: p.bachmann@sha.swisscham.org or +86 21 5368 1270.

Sino-Swiss FTA Survey

With the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in China, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai, the Swiss Business Hub, the Swiss Center Shanghai and the three different liaison offices of SwissCham China, a survey was set up to gain insights into how well the FTA works and gauge Swiss companies’ satisfaction with it in China. Close to a hundred participants from various sectors completed the FTA survey and shared their thoughts and experiences, as well as their ‘practical’ knowledge after one year and a half making use of the FTA.


Swiss Business in China Survey

In cooperation with the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) , the Swiss Center Shanghai, China Integrated, the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing, Swissnex China, Switzerland Global Enterprise, and SwissCham are pleased to bring you the findings of Swiss respondents who participated in the CEIBS Business in China Survey 2016. In analyzing these responses, we intend to draw conclusions that will be useful for Swiss companies and their activities in China.

It is the only survey that collects responses from both Chinese and foreign companies in China. For the Swiss business community, the survey offers a possibility to understand how similarly Swiss, European and American companies perceive their China environment. This survey allows comparisons among firms of different national origins, based on a sufficient number of replies for each origin. Furthermore, the Swiss Business in China Survey contains a rare analysis of international and Chinese SMEs.

Price for a hard copy: RMB 60 + delivery cost
If you are interested in hard copies, please feel free to contact Kuno Gschwend at kuno.gschwend@swisscenters.org.