Newsletter October 2016

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear Friends of the Chamber!

Thank you for a great Business Person of the Year Gala Ball! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! (At least there were a lot of party people still going strong when I left at around three in the morning).

We have a lot of great events coming up in November and December, including the always popular Christmas Party. However, in the board we are already looking ahead, and have started planning the program for Spring 2017. We would love to hear from you what kind of topics you would like to see covered in 2017?

I am especially interested to hear from those of you that do not often go to our events. What is your business? What kind of challenges are you facing? How can DCCC be more relevant to you? – Please drop me a line with your comments (

At the party last week I had the chance to get great feedback from many of you. One of the things that surprised me was how many people said they would like to be part of organizing the party as a volunteer. Such feedback really warms my heart! At our core we are a member driven organization. As a member of our network you get what you give, and these guys really understood that!

Of course party is not the only thing we do – far from it – and we are always happy to receive help organizing great events in whatever format creates value for our members. So as we are planning for the next year, let me ask you this:

How would you like to contribute to DCCC in 2017?

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter


Save the Date!

DCCC Shanghai Christmas Party on Saturday, November 26 at Henkes

 Read more HERE or contact Laura Li at


Did you Miss any of our Events in October? Here are Some Highlights:
Business Person of the Year Gala Ball on October 22 at Grand Kempinski Hotel

(Photos by Skovdal Nordic )
You can find all party photos HERE
You can find your personal Red Carpet photos HERE
Humphrey Lau Book Presentation: How to be a “Winner” in the Chinese Market on October 27 at Grundfos Concept Store
(Photo by Henrik Kragh)


News from our Members and Partners

Nordisk Asia is looking for a Sales Manager and CSR & Compliance Responsible. Read more HERE and HERE
Save the Dates:

Julestue on December 4 at 14:00-16:00 in Shanghai Racquet Club

Fastelavn on Februar 26 at 14:00-16:00 (venue TBA)


We are Pleased to Welcome our New Members:

Corporate Member:
Flügger is an international group based in Scandinavia, which designs and markets a wide range of decorative paint, wood protection, spackling paste, wallpaper and tools. It was founded as a family owned company in 1783. Flügger products are sold through 600 shops across Scandinavia, China and Eastern Europe, with the company owning half of these shops.
Student Members:
Anton Holten Nielsen
Louise Fletcher Nikolajsen
Emil Rauff Sørensen
Mikkel Nicolaisen
Tina Sophia Skov


Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

Ambassador visits Sichuan
The Danish Ambassador to China A. Carsten Damsgaard visited Chengdu, Sichuan Province on 20th of September 2016, where he met the Deputy Governor of Sichuan Mr. Zhu Hexin. Alongside the Danish Consul General in Chongqing Ms. Anja Villefrance, the Ambassador was received by officials from the provincial government.
During the meeting, both parties emphasized the potential of further cooperation in green technology, tourism, giant panda and healthcare sectors. Further discussion was made on high level visits to China from Denmark, and the possibilities of broadening existing cooperation between Denmark and Sichuan.
Accompanied by Mr. Steffen Straede, Copenhagen Zoo director, the Danish Ambassador visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The director of panda base Mr. Zhang Zhihe warmly welcomed Danish guests, introduced and guided a tour.
The Ambassador also visited Maersk Global Service Center in Chengdu, and was accompanied by the Managing Director of Maersk China, Mr. Jens Eskelund.Consulate General in Shanghai hosts launch event for Danish fur brand Oh!
At the launch event the Consul General had the pleasure to welcome Oh! by Kopenhagen Fur’s VIP guests to a presentation of the new collection by Oh!.
Oh! has recently partnered up with Shanghai based fashion showroom DFO and will launch a collection of luxury bags, charms and other accessory items.
“Denmark has a long and proud tradition within the fur-industry and our quality standards are leading worldwide,” said Consul General Nicolai Prytz in his speech during the launch event.
“It makes me proud to host an event like this and thereby help supporting an ambitious Danish company entering the Chinese market”.

Embassy supports Danish companies at China Wind Power Expo 2016
The Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing participated at the China Wind Power Expo 2016 (CWP) held in Beijing in 18th of October together with several Danish Companies.
Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy, Mr. Lars Bo Larsen, gave the keynote speech at the opening ceremony.
“We have from Danish side consistently taken the approach to support the Chinese authorities in their ambitious plan to transform the energy sector and increase the usage of renewable energy during several decades,” Mr. Lars Bo Larsen said after the speech. “Today, we are very happy to see China take lead and be amongst the first to ratify the Paris Convention, paving the way for its entering into force this year”.
The CWP 2016 took place with participants from both the private and public sector. Denmark and China have strong collaborative ties in the green energy sector, which Mr. Lars Bo Larsen addressed in his speech, where he highlighted the importance of continuous cooperation in off-shore wind energy.
Denmark has for many years had a leading role in the development of the wind power industry. This is in part due to a strong political commitment to enhance the use of green energy sources. Many Danish companies have also contributed to the green energy transition, some of which were present at the CWP 2016. Vestas, EKF, Ramboll, Mita-teknik and LM Wind Power were amongst the participating companies.
The CWP 2016 is the most important event in the wind industry in China. Apart from speeches and presentations there were also a Danish Pavilion and booths in the exhibition centre.

Consulate General in Shanghai hosts live broadcast supporting Danish e-commerce
On Thursday October 20th the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai hosted their first “live broadcast” on the Chinese e-commerce platform, Tmall.
Live broadcasting is a mixture of entertainment and shopping for Chinese consumers. While being entertained by information about Danish values and brands, the consumer can make purchases online, while the products are being showcased in the broadcast.
The broadcast is due to the very close collaboration between the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai and the Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group – the world’s largest retail company.
Five brands were featured in the two hour long broadcast, among them the Danish companies LEGO, Bestseller and Kjeldsen.
“It is the first time we try to help Danish companies, in this particular way, with their e-commerce activities in China, but we can already see now, that this strategically is a very important project that can contribute great value to the Danish brands and even generate significant instant increases to their online sales,” said Casper Freddie, Team Leader of Team Design in Trade Council China.

Danish knowhow on ‘spirit of craftsmanship’ discussed at major Chinese media
On Friday, 21 of October, Danish experience on the “spirit of craftsmanship” was discussed by experts at the Chinese media People’s Daily’s headquarters.
Denmark was used as a positive example on the discussion of the “spirit of the craftsmanship” organized by the media’s China Economic Weekly magazine. Lars Bo Larsen, Deputy Head of Mission of the Danish Embassy in Beijing, participated as a panellist at the discussion, where he expressed his understanding about Danish knowhow and traditions of craftsmanship.
“Denmark’s own version of this spirit is not only built on traditional inheritance, but also on rejuvenation and upgrade with innovation by mingling functionality and design into products,” Lars Bo Larsen said in his keynote speech, citing examples on Danish design brand names and urban planning projects.
Former Chinese Ambassador to Denmark Zhen Jianguo, several representatives from Danish companies including Grundfos and Haldor Topsoe, as well as Chinese scholars and business associations participated in the event, sharing their knowledge about “spirit of the craftsmanship” as well their insights and knowledge about how and what China could learn from Denmark based on their experience in Denmark.

Consulate General in Shanghai screens award-winning Danish movie
On Friday October 21st, the Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai screened the Beijing International Film Festival winner “Under Sandet”, which has been highly praised by film reviewers.
The Consulate General had the pleasure to invite Chinese media bloggers, journalists, social media followers, key opinion leaders from the film and television industry and business partners to a Danish film evening in co-operation with Shanghai Film Archive. Approximately 60 people attended the film-evening in the academic screening room of Shanghai Film Archive.
Prior to the film screening the attenders had the chance to gain a broad insight into the Danish film-industry through a lecture delivered by Professor Zhu Jianxin from Fudan University.
“Denmark is small in size, when it comes to geography and population, but the country has nevertheless made a significant contribution to the film-development in the world,” said Professor Zhu at the screening.
The film “Under Sandet”, which emphasizes a dark and forgotten aspect of the Danish post-war history, captured the attention from the attenders and was well-received. After the film screening many attenders took an active part in the Q&A session with several follow up questions regarding the Danish post-war history and culture.

Ambassador visits Shanghai
The Ambassador of Denmark to China, A. Carsten Damsgaard travelled to Shanghai to participate in Danish Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Person of the Year Gala Party and to visit Yangshan Deep Water Port.
From the 21st of October to the 24th of October the Ambassador of Denmark to China A. Carsten Damsgaard visited Shanghai in order to participate in the Danish Chamber of Commerce in China’s (DCCC) annual Business Person of the Year Gala Party and have several meetings with Danish companies in the Shanghai region.
At the DCCC’s Business Person of the Year Gala Ball the Ambassador gave the award of the annual Business Person of the Year to Allan Sand from the company Sand Future.
The award was instituted in 2007 by DCCC with the purpose to award and highlight individuals who has demonstrated outstanding performances in the development of Danish business in China in the previous year.
This year’s party was 10th edition and the party was held at Grand Kempinski Hotel with more than 200 guests attending.
On Monday the 24th of October the Ambassador together with the Danish Consul General in Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz, visited the Yangshan Deep Water Port, which ranks as the largest cargo port in the world.
During the visit the Ambassador also had several business meetings with Danish companies in the Shanghai region.

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Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, November 2        Team Management: Coaching for Performance
  • Tuesday, November 8        S.C. Van and the Spring Roll Fairy Tale by Prof. Ditlev Tamm
  • Friday, November 18          Danish Friday
  • Saturday, November 26      DCCC Shanghai Christmas Party
  • Wednesday, November 30 Team Management: Performance and Formal Feedback Meetings
  • Thursday, December 1       Lecture by Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist and CIO of Saxo Bank
  • Tuesday, December 6        Interchamber Christmas Mixer
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