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25/05/2015  l  Foreign Tech Firms launch R&D centers in wider range of cities - Jeffrey Wouters

Foreign technology companies are moving into second-tier cities and developing research centers after taking advantage of preferential policies. Xi'an in Northwest China is among the hottest locations for research and development centers owned by overseas tech firms.

Samsung Electronics Co is one of these tech firms. They have opened two research centers in Xi'an less than two years ago. The South Korean giant's data research facilities cam...

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22/05/2015  l  Horsten welcomed Mr. Peter Christiaen - Jeffrey Wouters

On 21 May Horsten International was honored to welcome Mr. Peter Christiaen, Flemish economic representative of Flanders Investment and Trade, at our office and at Xi'an Thiebaut, one of our most successful partners. Thiebaut is a large Sino-Belgium joint venture and specializes in the production of high quality collapsible aluminum tubes. For more details you can check our services and cases section:

 

 
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14/05/2015  l  Sino-Belgian relations have never been better - Jeffrey Wouters

Relations between China and Belgium have never been better. To further enhance these ties their Royal Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde will, at the invitation of China’s president Xi Jinping, visit the People’s Republic of China from June 20th till June 28th. The Royal Couple will be accompanied by the Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister-Presidents of the three Belgian Regions (Brussels, Flanders & Wallonia), around 100 CEOs of ...

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14/05/2015  l  Chinese tourism to Belgium is soaring with additional flights to Liege - Jeffrey Wouters

Thanks to a deal between I-Fly and the Chinese Tour operator U-Tour, over a thousand Chinese tourists are to fly to Liège on a weekly basis coming from Shenyang, Xi’an and Tianjin. On April 20th the first airplane carrying Chinese tourists arrived at Liège airport.  These companies were attracted by Belgium’s central location in Europe and driven by the ever expanding Chinese tourism market. ...

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14/04/2015  l  Workshop Advisory Boards in Groeibedrijven - Bart Horsten

Op vrijdag 24 april 2015 organiseert SIM Belgium een workshop rond Dedicated Advisory Boards in groeibedrijven. Dit in samenwerking met ING, PMV en Deloitte. Bart Horsten is ook actief als advisory board member van één van deze groeibedrijven in het kader van haar expansieplannen in China.

SIM Belgium heeft een expertise opgebouwd in het organiseren van professionele adviesraden op maat van de onderneming om bedrijfsleiders uit te rusten met de b...

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14/04/2015  l  China's new Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue enters into force today - Jeffrey Wouters

On 10 March 2015, the Ministry of Commerce ("MOFCOM”) and National Development and Reform Committee ("NDRC”) of China signed order No.22 publishing the Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Investment (hereinafter, the "2015 Catalogue”) which will become effective as from 10 April 2015. This 2015 Catalogue lifts many restrictions on foreign investment as compared to the prior version of the catalogue which was rel...

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28/03/2015  l  Unique casks of Single Malt Scotch Whisky now also available to Chinese investors - Bart Horsten

In parts of Asia, especially in China, the number of high net worth individuals is rising gigantically. Many of these new rich are attracted by the history and quality of great old European products. Scotch Whisky International, a Dutch company, focuses entirely on the increasing scarcity of exclusive Single Malt Whiskies. Demand for high quality single malt is increasing whilst the supply is decreasing.

Apart from the interesting opportunity of buying rare whisky bottles as an i...

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18/03/2015  l  Speech at the Business Club Asia of Voka Antwerpen-Waasland - Bart Horsten

On 17 March 2015 Bart Horsten gave a lecture in Antwerp at the occasion of the 4th session of the Business Club Asia, a programme organised by the Voka Chamber of Commerce of Antwerpen-Waasland. The group consists of about 15 company executives and Bart is one of the 4 mentors of the program, sharing his China experience with the group members.

The title of the presentation was "China - once started, how to develop business?". During this session Bart talked about the best strategy fo...

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01/03/2015  l  Jeffrey Wouters joins the Horsten team in China

We are pleased to announce that as of 1 March 2015 Jeffrey Wouters will join the Horsten team in China. Jeffrey is a Belgian national and graduated at the University of Antwerp with a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics. He also studied at Xi'an's North-West University and Xianyang's Normal University. Jeffrey speaks fluent English, Chinese and French and will work at Horsten's office in Xi'an and be responsible for business development.

With the help of Jeffrey Horsten Intern...

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