May 1st – Labour Day

May 1st – Labour Day

Labour day is a well known holiday in the West to celebrate the working class. It is usually held on May 1st every year. In China, though, this holiday lasts for three whole days instead of just one day, which turns it into yet another long weekend break for the Chinese.

Based on the Western Labour Day holiday, which originated in Europe during 1891, Labour Day or “五一” (Wǔ Yī) was designated as a public holiday in China in 1949. From year 1999 to 2008 it was even a 7-day public holiday known as the third Golden Week in China. However, it was reduced to 3 days in 2008 to make way for other traditional festivals like Qingming or Dragon Boat Festival.

Although Labour Day is no longer classified as a Golden Week in China, it remains a peak travel period for Chinese. According to China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism around 150 million Chinese are traveling during those days.

Reduction of VAT rates in China

Reduction of VAT rates in China

The Chinese economy has been slowing in recent years. As part of a 2 trillion RMB package the Chinese government seeks to reduce costs, especially for businesses affected by the tariff dispute with the US.

According to the announcement made by the government on March 5, China’s VAT rates change as follows:

– The 16 percent VAT rate, which applies to the manufacturing sector, will be lowered to 13 percent;
– The 10 percent rate, which applies to construction and transport, will be lowered to nine percent; and
– The six percent rate, which applies to services, will remain the same, but more deductions for the bracket will be introduced.

The new VAT rates came into force on April 1, 2019

Meet us at European Coating Show in Nuremberg 19.-21.3.2019

Meet us at European Coating Show in Nuremberg 19.-21.3.2019

Petrex recently expanded its business of supplying photo initiators to various customers in Europe. Photo initiators are used in industries like coating and ink. It is supplied as a thin layer on the supporting material and then cured by brief exposure to UV light to harden the ink or coating.

The two-yearly European Coating Show is a must event for the coating industry. In 2017 more than 1.000 exhibitors from 49 countries and over 30.000 visitors from 120 countries participated. The exhibition covers the fields of paints, coatings and sealants. On three days, exhibitors and visitors will be able to discuss the latest developments within the industry.

Team Petrex is looking forward to strengthen its partnership with suppliers and customers as well as creating new business opportunities through this event.

How Brexit Affects International Trade

How Brexit Affects International Trade

Petrex manages supply chains of chemical and pharmaceutical products for business partners all around the world. Many of our products are sourced from Asia and provided to customers in Europe and America. Therefore, a close focus on international regulations and current political discussions is essential to estimate risks in our trading business.

Since we also supply to the UK, business partners often ask us about consequences of Brexit. Many companies in the UK as well as foreign investors are spending less and scaling back plans because of Brexit fears. Petrex maintains long term relationships with customers in the UK and already created concepts for different Brexit scenarios. Many of our British customers are operating in niche markets. That is why we are confident that their business situation will stay as strong as it is today.

2019 – Year of the Pig

2019 – Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China. Unlike the universal New Year observed on January 1st, Chinese New Year is dependent to the Lunar calendar and thus never on a fixed date. It falls on February 5th in 2019 and is the year of the pig according to the Chinese zodiac, which features a 12-year cycle with each year represented by a specific animal.

Like Christmas in Western countries, Chinese New Year is a time to be home with family. There are some rituals, such as cleaning the house before New Year, having a family reunion dinner on New Year´s Eve, Giving Red Envelopes (with money) to kids and watching the CCTV New Year´s Gala.

We wish our Chinese colleagues a great time with their families and good luck for the New Year!

Let´s Go!

Let´s Go!

After a very successful year 2018 we are convinced to provide the same level of service to our customers in 2019.
Our philosophy of doing business is driven by respecting our employees, our customers, our suppliers and logistics partners. Our work is based on trust. Trusting our clients and suppliers is the basis to build up long term relationships where continuous improvement is the key to selling the highest quality chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
The support we give and receive is what brings the joy and motivation in our daily work with our business partners.

Thank you all and let´s move on together!

One Belt, One Road

One Belt, One Road

Fast development of the new silk road. In 2013 China launched the “One Belt, One Road” project, an ambitious infrastructure initiative involving 65 countries with a combined population of 4.4 billion people who are responsible for 30% of the world’s gross domestic product.
It aims to reinforce and expand a network of roads, railways, ports, airports and other infrastructure to enhance trade among Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

For companies involved in trading between China and Europe the fast development of the rail infrastructure along the silk road enables a new option of moving goods. The 11.000 kilometers overland route connecting China and Europe is now an interesting alternative to air and sea freight. Shipping products on a freight train from the ‘East to the West’ is gaining popularity for cargo for which optimised transit time is critical but delivery needs are not urgent enough to justify the high costs of air transport.

Petrex has started to use the new transportation way. Product is on the way. We will collect experience and share with our customers in the coming weeks.