02 | 2015 | Construction & Urbanization

The Sky is the Limit – Construction  and  Urbanization

"This edition of our German Chamber Ticker will provide you with a different perspective on China’s urbanization challenges, the steps it is taking to address them, and the impact that they will have on doing business. This issue includes new information on topics such as smart cities, the newest rising stars in China’s development, and new ideas in building and construction. We hope that you enjoy reading."

Titus Freiherr von dem Bongart - Chairman of the Board, GCC Shanghai

GCT-02-2015

Cover Story 1 - Smart Cities of Today

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For Good or for Bad, Our Cities are Evolving

by PASCAL HARTMANN

All around the world, cities are transformed into smart cities. As citywide access to the internet has become the norm almost everywhere, information-gathering technologies – such as cameras and sensors – are being installed in the built environment. These artificial eyes and ears provide a constant stream of data, which is visualized and analyzed in central control rooms.

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Cover Story 2 - How to be "Officially" Green

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Green Building Labeling in China

by BETTY TIAN and SASKIA JUERGENS – econet

Nowadays, a house is more than just a shelter. Apart from protecting you from elements, it must also provide comfortable living and - if current lifestyle trends in China hold true - a “green” experience.

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Cover Story 3 - Digging Up New Ideas

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R&D in the Off-Road Vehicle Industry in China

by TOMAS LARSSON and MICHAEL MAEDER

Futuristic and sky-scraping towers of glass and steel, armies of high- rise tower blocks, and spaceship-like railway stations sheltering high- speed trains are part of today’s landscape in China. What do they all have in common? Simply put, before all of these glittering structures could be built, the Caterpillars and Sanys of this world had to be there.

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Cover Story 4 - From Fast Growth to Smart Growth

China's Lower-Tier Cities are Evolving

by JEREMY KELLY

China is progressing into a new phase of its evolution. The country is moving up the value chain as the technology gap between China and the developed world narrows, and the continued growth of the consumer class has meant that the Chinese economy is driven more than ever by domestic consumption.

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Cover Story 5 - German Standards, Greener Future

Can DGNB Catch on in China?

by DR. DIRK SCHWEDE and JOSEPH VAN DER ELST

China has set itself the ambitious goal of achieving a "harmonious society" through sustainable development. The building industry, as a central pillar of the Chinese economy, directly drives the economic and social development of the country. Moreover, today’s buildings will shape tomorrow’s activities in the economic, social and private sectors.

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Cover Story 6 - Drain with a Brain

Better Methods for Preventing Floading

by ROLF H. KEIDEL

Heavy rainfall events have increased in many regions of the world in recent years, and we have had to get used to seeing pictures of flooded cities in the news and experiencing flooding in our own neighborhoods. To mitigate flooding in cities, rainwater storage, rainwater retention, and rainwater percolation are all used.

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Cover Story 7 - Urbanization Changes Citizens' Lives

Dr. Annette Erpenstein on Building Houses in Urban China and Beyond

by ANNIKA BEIFUSS

China’s building surge in recent years has attracted architects from all over the world. Urban planning in China, where planners are tasked with building houses with low energy consumption, creating a working infrastructure and providing more people-oriented living quarters, offers a particularly exciting challenge.

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In the Spotlight: Growing and Transforming in the Pearl River Delta - Dr. Bertram Kandziora of STIHL on Moving with China’s Changing Times

Growing and Transforming in the Pearl River Delta

Dr. Bertram Kandziora of STIHL on Moving with China’s Changing Times

by FABIENNE PRIVAT and MELANIE LINDSTAEDT

Dr. Bertram Kandziora has held the position of Chairman of the Executive Board of STIHL AG since 2005. Born in Silesia and raised in Baden, Dr. Kandziora graduated from the TU Karlsruhe in chemical engineering and later received a PhD in mechanical engineering.

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Feature 1 - Parallel Import of Cars in Shanghai's FTZ

New Regulations Will Shake Up the Car Market

by DR. ULRIKE GLUECK and ADA TONG

The number of imported cars in China has grown dramatically, from 228,000 in 2008, to 1,039,000 in 2011, to 1,295,400 in 2014. Despite being the world’s largest automobile market in terms of transaction volume, imported cars remain a pricy luxury for ordinary Chinese.

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Feature 2 - The Latest Updates on Chinese Wages

The Results of the German Chamber Flash Wage Survey 2015

by MAX J. ZENGLEIN

Results of the GCC’s third Flash Survey on Wage Trends reconfirm that wage increases at German companies are continuing to stabilize at more moderate levels. The flash survey was conducted between 16th and 20th March, and aimed to follow up on findings from our extensive wage and salary survey, which was carried out in September.

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Feature 3 - The Emergence of Fair Trade in China

How Passionate Entrepreneurs Help Consumers Develop a Taste for Ethical (and Safe) Products

by PROF. DR. FLORIAN KOHLBACHER and CHENGMIN WANG

Fair trade has emerged as a rapidly growing market worldwide. The concept originated in Europe in the 1960s, proposed as a solution for guaranteeing better deals for producers from developing countries through providing fair payment, stabilizing trading prices and supporting community development.

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Feature 4 - The Lady is a Champ

Sarah Jane Ho on the Power of Old-Fashioned Elegance

by OLIVIA HELVADJIAN

Sarah Jane Ho is cleaning up China, one dinner-party faux pas at a time. The founder of Beijing’s Institute Sarita, Hong Kong native Ms. Ho has all of the pedigree one might expect from a turn-of- the-century society belle, complete with a London upbringing, an American education, and a stint at a Swiss finishing school.

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