FCGD joins the Team Finland bi-annual meeting and 30 year anniversary of Finncham Shanghai

Finncham Guangdong Joins the Team Finland Bi-Annual Meeting in Shanghai

On May 21st and 22nd, 2024, Finncham Guangdong had the privilege of participating in the Team Finland bi-annual meeting held in the vibrant city of Shanghai. This event marked a significant occasion for the Finnish business community in China, as it coincided with the 30th anniversary celebration of Finncham Shanghai and the official launch of Finncham China.

What is Team Finland?

Team Finland is a network of public sector actors and Chamber of Commerce that promote Finland and its interests abroad. It brings together key players such as ministries, public agencies, and business organizations to ensure a unified approach to international trade and investments. The Team Finland network aims to enhance the internationalization of Finnish companies, attract foreign investments to Finland, and promote Finland as a travel destination.

A Gathering of Minds

The meeting saw an engaging exchange of ideas and feedback among participants, fostering a collaborative spirit essential for the growth and success of Finnish enterprises in China. Notable figures from the Finnish diplomatic and business communities graced the event, including Under Secretary Jarno Syrjälä, Ambassador Leena-Kaisa Mikkola, Consul General Timo Kantola, and Consul General Anu Vuori. Their speeches underscored the importance of Finnish-Chinese cooperation and the strategic goals of Team Finland.

Business Finland Head Marko Tiesmäki highlighted the role of innovation and sustainable development in driving forward Finnish business interests. Additionally, Juha Tuominen, Chairman of Finncham Beijing, and Ville Lintervo, Executive Director of Finncham Shanghai, shared their insights on the evolving landscape of Finnish businesses in China.

Celebrating Milestones

Chairman of the Finncham Guangdong, Ville Majanen extended its warmest greetings and heartfelt congratulations to Finncham Shanghai for their remarkable 30-year journey. This milestone was celebrated with great enthusiasm, reflecting on the past achievements and looking forward to future endeavors.

The Launch of Finncham China

The event also marked the official launch of Finncham China, a unified entity comprising Finncham Beijing and Finncham Shanghai. This new structure aims to strengthen the collective voice and influence of Finnish businesses across China. Finncham Guangdong looks forward to working closely with new Finncham China structure to strengthen our collaboration and impact within the region.

The Team Finland bi-annual meeting in Shanghai was a testament to the strong and growing ties between Finland and China. It provided a valuable platform for exchanging ideas, celebrating achievements, and forging new pathways for future cooperation. Finncham Guangdong remains committed to supporting and advancing our members’ interests in China and Finland, and we eagerly anticipate the continued success of Team Finland’s initiatives.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights from Finncham Guangdong as we continue to work towards fostering a thriving Finnish business community in China.

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FCGD visited Seismo company and went go-karting in Dongguan

We are thrilled to share the highlights of our recent visit to Dongguan, a dynamic city known for its thriving industrial landscape and strategic location in China’s Guangdong Province. Dongguan, often referred to as the “World’s Factory,” is a hub of manufacturing excellence and innovation, making it an ideal destination for exploring new business opportunities.

Our visit was graciously hosted by a Finnish-owned green package design company, where we had the pleasure of meeting the founder, Ismo Seeve. Ismo and his collague Jyri Lintunen gave an inspiring presentation about the company’s commitment to sustainable packaging solutions and its journey in the Chinese market. His insights underscored the importance of environmentally friendly practices in today’s business environment and highlighted the company’s innovative approaches to green packaging.

Following Ismo’s presentation, we were privileged to hear from Hudson He, a consultant from Amicorp, who provided a comprehensive overview of new business opportunities and the latest developments in Chinese taxation. Hudson’s expertise was invaluable, offering practical advice on navigating the complexities of the Chinese market and optimizing tax strategies for foreign businesses.

The day concluded with an exhilarating karting race, adding a touch of excitement and camaraderie to our visit. We congratulate Mikko Tarvainen for clinching the first place, Jyri Lintunen for securing second place, and Ville Majanen, Chairman of Finncham Guangdong, for finishing third. Their spirited participation made the event memorable and fun for all involved.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors and all participants who made this day a resounding success. Your support and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to more such collaborative events in the future.

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The Finnish Ambassador led Finncham GD and Team Finland delegation trip in Guangdong

Guangzhou, Shenzhen, April, 2024 – The Finnish Chamber of Commerce Guangdong lauds the recent Team Finland China visit to Guangzhou and Shenzhen as a resounding success, highlighting the strengthening of bilateral ties and the exploration of new business opportunities between Finland and China.

Led by the Finland Ambassador Leena-Kaisa Mikkola, the Team Finland delegation comprised representatives from various Finnish industries, including technology, innovation, and green energy. The visit, organized in collaboration with Business Finland and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce Guangdong, aimed to foster closer economic cooperation and deepen existing partnerships between Finnish and Chinese companies.

Chairman Ville Majanen, representing the Finncham Guangdong, expressed his satisfaction with the outcomes of the visit, stating, “The Team Finland China visit has been instrumental in reinforcing the strong economic relationship between Finland and Guangdong province. We are delighted to see the enthusiastic engagement from both Finnish and Chinese businesses, which bodes well for future collaborations.”

During the visit, delegates participated in a series of business seminars, networking events, and B2B meetings, providing a platform for Finnish companies to showcase their expertise and explore potential partnerships with Chinese counterparts. Key sectors of focus included ICT, clean technology, healthcare, and education.

The delegation also had the opportunity to visit leading technology parks, innovation hubs, and manufacturing facilities in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, gaining valuable insights into China’s dynamic business landscape and the rapid pace of innovation in the region.

In Guangzhou, the delegation visited eg. the GIIHG, where they were introduced to the latest advancements in urban planning, technology integration, and sustainable development. In Shenzhen, delegates toured the Honor Research and Development Center, witnessing firsthand the cutting-edge research and innovation driving Honor’s global success.

Looking ahead, the Finnish Chamber of Commerce Guangdong remains optimistic about the prospects of further strengthening economic ties between Finland and Guangdong province. “The success of the Team Finland China visit underscores the importance of sustained engagement and collaboration between our two countries,” emphasized Chairman Ville Majanen. “We look forward to building on this momentum and exploring new avenues for partnership and growth in the future.”

As the delegation concludes its visit to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the Finnish Chamber of Commerce Guangdong reaffirms its commitment to supporting Finnish businesses in navigating the Chinese market and fostering greater cooperation between Finland and Guangdong province.

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Photos: Ville Majanen


Drinks in Shenzhen on Tuesday 16 April 2024

Team Finland will organize a delegation trip, led by the Ambassador, to Guangdong very soon.

FinnCham Guangdong will organize a relaxed get-together to meet new and old friends, hear the Ambassador’s greetings from the Embassy, and create business opportunities.

We warmly invite all Finnish people, Finnish companies, and Team Finland delegation participants to join us!

Remember to bring your business cards and brochures to share, but you don’t need to carry them, as we will provide a table for them at the venue.

WHEN: 17:30 Tuesday 16 April 2024

WHERE: 4/F, Tower B, OCT Central One, Mintang Road, Longhua District, Shenzhen 深圳市龙华区北站壹号四楼 (Near Shenzhen North Railway Station 深圳北站)

FinnCham Guangdong would like to thank the Longhua District Government for providing the venue and Roberts Oy China for sponsoring the finger food and drinks!

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FinnCham delegation visit to Shaoguan Guangdong

Inspirational visit to the city of Shaoguan, private and public development projects led by Finncham Guangdong

A delegation from Finncham China traveled to Shaoguan, a vibrant industrial city in the northern part of Guangdong Province. The 3 day visit showcased Shaoguan’s dynamic economic landscape, leaving the delegation thoroughly impressed.

Led by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce Guangdong, the group explored Shaoguan’s thriving industrial ecosystem, visiting private enterprises and government projects. Among other factory visits, the delegation received a special tour of the Metso-Outotec subsidiary factory SRHeavy, which provided valuable insights into the city’s manufacturing capabilities and technological advancements with a Finnish twist.

Highlights included visits to monumental government projects in big data and solar energy, highlighting Shaoguan’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. The delegation also received a warm welcome from local government hosts, who shared insights on investment opportunities and schemes.

Some members also had an opportunity to visit a scenic excursion to the nearby Danxia Mountain, enhancing their experience. The mix of nature and business underscored Shaoguan’s allure as a premier investment destination, blending industrial capabilities with natural beauty was surprisingly similarly to the one of Finland’s. The delegation left with renewed optimism and a commitment to fostering bilateral ties and many new friends.

Appreciation was extended to local leaders and hosts for their hospitality and insights, with special gratitude to the co-organizers in Finncham Beijing and Shanghai and a special thanks Metso’s SRheavy and of course all the member participants.

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