In the past week, Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) concluded an exclusive cooperation agreement with the Chinese ports of Shenzen, one of which is among the largest in the world. Through this agreement the Öresund region becomes even more important to the Chinese manufacturing industry.
On a trip to China this past week, CMP concluded a cooperation agreement with the four ports of Shenzen city, close to Hong Kong. One of these ports, Yantian, was established in 1994 and is currently the world's fourth largest container ports after Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 30 years, the city has witnessed a population growth from 40,000 to 14 million and is currently a driving force within cleantech and IT.
CMP will become the 10th global company to conclude an agreement with the ports of Shenzen.
"This shows that other markets than the traditional major German one, are ready to be established. Thanks to its geographical position, access to quayside areas, ultra-modern freight terminals and intermodal transport solutions, Malmö is already a distribution centre in Northern Europe for cars and oil etc. And there is further potential to attract other large international companies," says Johan Röstin, CEO of CMP.
The management of CMP and Council leader, Ilmar Reepalu, recently visited several Chinese companies within the areas of car manufacturing, electronics, domestic appliances and cleantech.
"It is the manufacturing companies that can see the potential of CMP as their distribution hub in Northern Europe. We have received an extremely positive response and we will now continue the dialogue with the companies we met. During the spring, we will receive a number of Chinese delegations", says Johan Röstin.
"It is not only the purely business-related potential of Malmö that shines through", adds Johan Röstin.
"Malmö has succeeded with its urban developments, for example, the innovative environmental solutions in Västra Hamnen, which appeal to the Chinese. In Shenzen, these issues are high on the agenda.
In order to meet the interest for the establishment from China we will need regional support in the future".
"We would like to see a collective commitment among the private and public operators working for regional development in Skåne and the Öresund region, with a collaboration to develop a concept for the Chinese market," says Johan Röstin.
CMP has already concluded agreements with two other Chinese ports: Jiangyin, located north-west of Shanghai (13 March 2012) and Hebei in northern China (8 September 2011).