Building bridges between Schaffhausen and China, 10 April

About 70 friends of Switzerland visited a special networking event at the swissnex China office on April 10th. It was focused on the Swiss Canton of Schaffhausen and its connections to China, organized in close collaboration with the Swiss Consulate General. The Canton of Schaffhausen is the most northern region of Switzerland and is famous for its wine culture, a historic old town and for the impressive Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall. Furthermore it is home to several world leading companies and an attractive location due to its proximity to the Zurich Airport. Schaffhausen is working on strengthening its position globally to attract businesses and tourists.

The idea for such an evening came from the two interns Lea Im Obersteg and Niklaus Waldvogel, both originating from Schaffhausen and eager to present their region and its qualities.


The first speaker, Mr. Marco Rhyner, acts as Chief Representative China of the Investment Promotion Office of the Canton Schaffhausen. His presentation focused on the industrial development and environmental protection efforts, as well as key attractions of the region.

The second speaker, Mr. Mujia Zhang of the Schaffhausen based Georg Fischer Company, has over 20 years of working experience in Switzerland and is currently the head of GF’s Automotive Business Unit in Suzhou, China. He told the participants the story of his company, being one of Schaffhausen’s most successful and now operating on a global scale.

After those inspiring talks, the guests enjoyed a stimulated networking part with a rich finger food buffet with Swiss specialties and as highlight, they had the possibility to degust some fantastic wine from the famous Schaffhausen Blauburgunderland region. The evening was concluded by a lucky draw, with various Schaffhausen related prices.