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Exporting environmental technology to China with the support of Jykes Ltd and town twinning

As a result of cooperation between the City of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd, and the City of Kunming, a sludge treatment plant will be built in Kunming utilising the expertise of Jyväskylä.

Designed by MK Protect Oy, a Jyväskylä-based engineering office and technology supplier, the plant, which collects and treats sludge from eight wastewater purification plants, will be completed in 2014. It will produce biogas energy which will be used to dry the end product down to a minimum volume. The plant treatment capacity is 182,500 tonnes per year.

New business leads in China

The 25-million-euro project for MK Protech has been a breakthrough for other environmental experts in the Jyväskylä region. The plant acts as a reference for other similar environmental projects and other export leads.

Currently, educational service export, environmental technology cooperation and market opportunities for Jyväskylä-based wellbeing technology are being negotiated, for instance in Mudanjiang and other parts of China.

Support in building business contacts in the Chinese market

Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd helps companies establish contacts in China. Jykes Ltd has had an office in Shanghai for ten years and it has been able to produce more results through its connections in China.

Jykes provides support in building business contacts in the Chinese market. Entering the Chinese market requires several intermediaries, visits in person and a complex partnership network. Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd., established in 1996, is a business promotion and development company owned by the four municipalities (City of Jyväskylä, Laukaa, Muurame and Uurainen) of the Jyväskylä Region.

A twin town relationship is a good starting point for engaging in business

Jyväskylä, a city of 135,000 people located in Central Finland and Kunming, with 6.5 million residents located in the province of Yunnan in the south-west China, have worked together since 2005. Jyväskylä and Kunming signed a sister city agreement in 2008. In addition, Jyväskylä is twinned with 2.8 million city of Mudanjiang since 1988. Mudanjiang is located in the province Heilongjiang in the north China.

China rarely offers opportunities for gaining instant profits because it may take several years simply to build business relationships. In the Chinese market, not only long-term marketing and sales, but also being active in business life and building good contacts are absolute necessities.

A twin town relationship is a good starting point for engaging in business. The official relations between the towns and alternating visits open up doors to the correct negotiating rooms because, in China, the authorities are important in establishing business contacts.

More information

Development Manager Mr Jouni Puura, Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd
jouni.puura[at]jykes.fi, +358 44 324 9170

Coordinator Satu Heikkinen, City of Jyväskylä
satu.heikkinen[at]jkl.fi, +358 503255110

16.4.2014Satu Heikkinen

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