In seven years, Denmark has doubled its export of water technology to China. Now, Danish Minister for the Environment, Kirsten Brosbøl, hosts the Chinese Minister for Water, Chen Lei, who will be looking at water technology and make new co-operation agreements with Denmark and the EU during the next few days.
Danish pumps, valves and measuring equipment are popular in China.
Every day, China invests what corresponds to one billion Danish kroner in their water supply alone, and a large share of components are Danish according to new figures from the consulting firm DAMVAD. In 2007, the export of water technology to China amounted to 412 million Danish kroner, but in 2014, this number had increased to 831 million.
Today, Danish Minister for the Environment, Kirsten Brosbøl welcomes China’s Minister for Water, Chen Lei, to Denmark, to look at water technology and, during the next days, discuss how the collaboration between Denmark, China and the EU can become even stronger.
“Denmark is in the top flight regarding high tech water solutions. Chen Lei’s visit is a unique opportunity for showing China what we can accomplish in the area of water, and what we can offer the Chinese, who face massive investments in water these years. Earlier, I have met Chen Lei in China and Singapore, but I am looking very much forward to him seeing with his own eyes, what we are capable of in Denmark,” says Kirsten Brosbøl.
Chen Lei’s visit starts at the ultramodern Marbjerg Waterworks near Roskilde, which opened in March this year and is a model for future waterworks.
Water vision needs to pay off
In March, Kirsten Brosbøl agreed with Danish water technology producers and the supply sector that the export of water technology has to double before 2025.
“We can create 3,000 – 4,000 jobs by doubling the export, but this requires among other things that we penetrate the Chinese market even further. We have a vast knowledge, we have the technique and we are great at making things happen. They want solutions that can clean wastewater and reduce the water consumption, and we can deliver that,” says Kirsten Brosbøl.
Humphrey Lau, CEO for Grundfos China, applauds the visit from the Chinese minister.
“We experience a great demand for our Danish solutions in water in China, and we see a growing interest in addressing water and energy efficiency in this context. At the same time, there is a great demand for efficient wastewater solutions. With the minister’s visit here in Denmark, we elegantly underline our expertise in these areas,” says Humphrey Lau.