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Old 03.09.2012, 17:15
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Any potential business partners in Switzerland/ Europe


I am new to the forum, but already found this site was extremely useful. Not sure if it is proper to post here, so please just ignore it if you are not interested...

I come from China, now studying at ETH. My family is running an export company at China, mainly producing packaging products, including foaming EPE, PE/PO/PP & EVA, used for electronic, toys, food et al packaging. Now our clients are mainly distributed in Asia, and we are the supplier of Sony, Samsung, Panasonic et al.

Since I am studying at Switzerland now, I am wondering if it is possible to find future collaborators here, but it seems very diffcult to find any related information. ^So my question is: where to find such information? Or is there any B2B website in Switzerland/ Europe?

Looking forward to hear some answers. Thanks!
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Old 04.09.2012, 18:34
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Re: Any potential business partners in Switzerland/ Europe

关于你的问题,本人不算制造业专家,可是我看西方国家的状况是这样的,有一些特定的行业有自己的在线市场, 对这些不太熟悉,但如果你想找一个像阿里巴巴似的一个一般性的市场,你应该找些supplie r networks。一般来说,每个主要B2B软件公司都有自己的供应商网,举个例子,Ariba的应该是它 们之中最大的一个,http://supplier.ariba.com 。SAP的叫Hubwoo,肯定有更多,可以自己研究一下。若你真的想找些合作伙伴,可能会比较难,因为看 来你毫不有行内的关系,对本地的商业环境又不熟,采购的话,竞争已很激烈,很多国内的工厂已有多年的对西方 客户销售的经历,比他们做得更好可能不会是家常便饭的事情。但是无论什么,祝你多好运。恩,如果你有时间的 话,可能一天我们可以见面谈生意! 有兴趣的话,请站内练习我,再见!

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With regard to your question, I don't consider myself an expert in manufacturing, but the way I see the situation in Western countries is as follows: some industries have their own online market places. I'm not very familiar with those. But if you are looking for a general purpose market place like Alibaba, you should look at supplier networks. Generally speaking, every big B2B software company has its own network. E.g., Ariba's is probably the biggest amongst them => http://supplier.ariba.com/. SAP's is called Hubwoo, and I'm pretty sure you can find more if you do some research. If you are serious about seeking a business partner, perhaps that might not be so easy. You do not appear to have any connections in the industry, nor are you familiar with the local business environment. Sourcing is incredibly competitive - many Chinese manufacturers already have lots of experience in selling to Western customers. To beat them at their game probably will not be a walk in the park. But no matter what, I wish you good luck!

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Re: Any potential business partners in Switzerland/ Europe

I too my looking for partner pref.in retail clothing buisness where i have 40 years experience, i am now living in Sion
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