Export boom to China

Date: 12/07/2013

New contracts between the Danish district heating industry and Chinese district heating plants underpin export boom to China

DBDH’s export promotion in China at the end of last month has led to great interest in the Danish competencies and products, and many sales meetings have already been held in the wake of the activities. On the Sino-Denmark District Heating Seminar organized jointly by Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH) and the Chinese district heating association (CDHA), a number of MOUs were signed between Chinese district heating companies and Danish suppliers to the district heating industry, which is expected to lead to several large Danish export orders to China.

Mikael Jakobsson, Chairman of DBDH China, is satisfied with the event: “The great efforts from DBDH and CDHA resulted in a very successful event, with positive feedback from all sides and not least from the audience”. For Jakobsson´s daily business at COWI the event was successful as well: “Apparently we attracted the audience with our many ongoing innovative District Energy projects in China, considering how busy we are to follow up on several project invitations since the event”, says Jakobsson. According to Kristian Schaarup, Grundfos, Grundfos obtained two good contacts for district heating plants that are not currently on the company’s customer list. Finally, a small Danish IT start-up company succeeded in getting a close dialogue with a potential partner for the Chinese district heating market and has already agreed on a reciprocal visit to Denmark.

Later in the week the DBDH delegation was in Qingdao, where the local district heating company will cooperate with Danish companies regarding utilization of waste heat from their world-renowned brewery and chemical companies.

DBDH and CDHA signed a cooperation agreement at the seminar, which includes specific points of cooperation that benefit the Danish companies and offer them direct access to their customers, i.e. the Chinese district heating companies. The agreement has been made in order to support the Danish companies´ expectations that by 2020 China will be the largest export market for Danish companies working with district heating knowledge and technology.