by swisscham in Culture & Society
Entrepreneur Liam Bates has launched a company that he believes can produce the air quality of the Swiss Alps in your own home. With two co-founders, the Swiss-born businessman set up Origins Technology in Beijing, which specializes in creating smart air quality devices for the Chinese market. He came up with the idea of developing a low-cost air purifying system after his fiancee’s asthma returned due to the high levels of pollution here. Trying to find the best air purifier in China, Bates turned to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s online marketplace Taobao.com to see what was out there. “I probably checked nearly 100 different products and I realized that most devices were inefficient,” he said. “They all shared the same characteristics, without any product standing out from the competition.” Bates decided there was a gap in the market and set up Origins Technology 2014 before rolling out the OxyBox air purifier last June.