Maurizio Zanatta, Board Member of the European Chamber South China Chapter; R&D Director, Miele Hong Da Electronic Products Co, Ltd.
What value has the European Chamber brought to you/your company/your industry?
Membership of the European Chamber has not only allowed us to integrate into an industrial network, but also given us a level of awareness and status. In addition, the Chamber has given us a voice to place topics in front of the state administration and to get answers in order to take the right steps and decisions that help us as a company and our employees.
What’s the difference of China’s business/regulatory environment in your industry today vs. 20 years ago?
Answering this question is not easy, because I personally cannot look back on twenty years in China. Our company has been located in Dongguan since 1996 and has developed from single part production and sub-assemblies to the production of finished goods today. It has also set up an R&D department, which develops full-fledged products in cooperation with our German plants. What I know is that the regulatory environment has developed positively and will continue to develop. Of course, the European Chamber has provided the necessary support over the last 20 years and has set a decisive direction for improvements. From the perspective of our industry – a lot has changed, which has led to the creation of the necessary supply chain, which is a great advantage for our industry.
What role do you expect the European Chamber to take in the next 20 years?
I would like to see the European Chamber in a similar role to that I have experienced, i.e. one that offers a lot of leeway. What could be intensified: more cooperation with universities and local institutions, helping to shape and promote education, but also supporting industry to facilitate and strengthen access to educational facilities and institutes. I also see some need for clarification on the link between Europe and the European Chamber, as this is not clear and transparent for members and therefore often gives the impression that there is no real connection.Maurizio Zanatta, Board Member of the European Chamber South China Chapter; R&D Director, Miele Hong Da Electronic Products Co, Ltd.