Initially the Chinese government extended Chinese New Year holidays by one week to 10th of February. Although no further suspension was announced, many companies have a hard time to properly restart for several reasons. Some simply lack of manpower. Especially in big cities a large part of employees went back to their hometown for Chinese New Year, often far away in another province. Due to the travel bans that are now gradually being lifted, they could not return to their workspace immediately or have to stay home/in quarantine for 14 days subsequently. Some companies arranged a “work-from-home” policy, other companies who rely on blue collar workers were forced to stay closed.
A big problem for factories is also the limitation of transport. That affects not only products for export but also plants that rely on just-in-time supply for their feedstock. Authorities from different provinces require a permit for transportation across provincial borders. Sometimes reloading to another truck is required at provincial border. And for heavily impacted provinces like Hubei, Guangdong and Zhejiang the logistics are very limited.
In general the situation is very untransparent due to regulations changing every day. In case you require more information, please contact us directly.
Dear business partner,
2020 is the year of the rat according to the lunar calendar.
The rat is the first of the zodiac animals. It represents the beginning and is seen as a sign of wealth and surplus.
Below we would like to share the dates of public holidays in China this year:
International New Year: Jan 1st
Chinese New Year: Jan 24th – 30th
Qing Ming Festival: Apr 4th
Labor Day: May 1st
Dragon Boat Festival: Jun 25th
Mid Autumn Festival: Sep 27th
National Day: Oct 1st – 7th
Petrex is a colourful mix of German, Dutch and Chinese people. Working in different locations and time zones, speaking different languages but following one mission:
Increasing our Performance.
2019 has been a very successful year for the Petrex Group. With new members in our team, we offer a more sophisticated service and will strengthen our position in the market.
We put our customers at the heart of everything we do. We promise …
As a distributor for chemicals and pharmaceuticals we have to adapt to ever changing market environments. Changes are not limited to new regulations and growing compliance demand, but also the political situation between the countries we operate in. As our core business is moving goods between Asia, Europe and USA, we are in daily exchange with our clients and producers. We inform about new and upcoming regulations and discuss about how our business might be affected by political decisions. We can feel how the ongoing China – US Trade War and Brexit discussions have a major impact on the purchasing, production and investment strategy of our clients and manufacturers. Our approach is the following: Keeping our partners updated about current trends and movements in the market is as important as moving their goods.
CHINACOAT exhibition is dedicated to provide an international trading platform for suppliers and manufacturers of the coatings industry to connect with global trade visitors, particularly from China and Asia. The show is held annually and alternates its venue between the cities of Guangzhou and Shanghai, P. R. China. The scale of our 2018 Guangzhou edition reached its historic high, with a total of 35,540 trade visitors from 91 countries/regions, 1,291 exhibitors from 31 countries/regions and a gross exhibition area of over 78,500 square meters.
In 2019, CHINACOAT will return to Shanghai and is always a great platform where global industry meets. See you in Shanghai …
The worlds largest pharmaceutical exhibition, CPhI Worldwide, will take place 5-7 November in Frankfurt this year. More than 2.500 exhibitors and over 45.000 visitors will take the opportunity to network and source pharma solutions from all over the world. While the CPhI community hosts several events each year, the CPhI Worldwide is the main event, covering each stage of the pharmaceutical supply chain – from APIs, machinery and packaging to outsourcing and biopharmaceuticals.
Meet us there! Our teams from Germany and China will attend this event.
There are two “Golden Weeks” in China. The first one, also called Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, is celebrated in either January or February depending on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The second Golden Week takes place in early October, where founding the People’s Republic of China is being commemorated. To be able to have a full week off, Chinese working people will be on duty on September 28th (Saturday) and October 12th (Saturday) to add some extra days to the 3 days legal holiday and make it one whole week of national holiday (October 1-7).
If you consider exploring China, try to avoid this week. Last year 726 million Chinese were travelling domestically (7 million abroad) to either visit their families or go on holiday during this week. Flights are expensive and train tickets, available 60 day prior to departure, are sold out in minutes.
Petrex started to supply photoinitiators to different end users last year. These products are used by UV ink and coating producers for the curing process. Since last year there is a lot of movement in the market. Prices changed enormously between times of shortages and market saturation. Another factor is the reclassification of some photoinitiators. One example is TPO, an initator used by many ink producers, was recently reclassified by EuPIA (European Printing Ink Association) as teratogenic and therefore not allowed in many ink applications in future.
Because of the big changes in the industry, producers as well as end users are working on alternatives. The Radtech conference, established in Basel in 1988, has always been an important event for the future trends in the radiation curing industry. Innovative companies and academic institutes are presenting the latest research and current developments. Petrex will attend Radtech Europe (Munich, 15-16 October) as well as Radtech Asia (Hangzhou, 17-20 October). We are looking forward to meet some of our business partners.
As the gateway to China’s economy, Shanghai is a very popular destination for expats from western countries. The city has been hosting overseas workers for over 150 years now. You can see and feel the foreign influence especially in the city center. Small cafés, bars and a variety of cuisines from all over the world, including more than 30 michelin restaurants makes Shanghai a very international place to live in.
China hosts about 600.000 expats in total and 25% of them live in Shanghai. Families often chose compounds in Hongqiao or Pudong district where most of the international schools are located. Singles prefer districts in the city center like the famous “French concession” (photo). Located at the very center, this area attracts foreigners with its old lane houses, balconies, small streets with many trees, cafes, bars and small restaurants. Although you are in the city with more than 25 million people, you can easily relax in that mix of colonial French era and the local Shanghainese vibe.
Guilin is a city in the Guangxi autonomous region in China. It used to be the provincial capital of Guangxi during the Ming and Qing dynasty. That is why the abbreviation of the Guangxi region is still called 桂 (Guì). By the way, those abbreviations are printed on the license plate of any registered vehicle in China. If you want to check where a car is from, that’s how to find out.
Nowadays, Guilin area is very popular for its history and beautiful landscape including the famous Longji rice terraces and the Li river, a scene which is printed on the back of ¥20 bank notes. Talking about money, now is the right time to travel to Guilin. As a result of the step-up in the US-China trade war, Beijing uses its currency to threat America. A weaker Yuan makes Chinese exports more competitive, or cheaper to buy with foreign currencies. As a result, foreigners now can travel China cheaper than in the recent years.