Joakim Persson, Managing Editor ScandAsia

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Swedish companies Thailand survey: Challenges and business forecast

In June Business Sweden in Thailand launched the new report ‘Thailand: Business Climate Survey 2018’. Business Sweden, together with the Embassy of Sweden in Thailand and Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, conducted a survey during Feb-Apr 2018 with the purpose to understand how Swedish companies established in Thailand perceive the business climate. The report highlights some…

Grundfos enters new Singapore water collaboration

Grundfos and PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency on 10 July joied hands on a new collaboration agreement to jointly develop sustainable and efficient water technologies. The Memorandum of Understanding, signed at Singapore International Water Week, is yet a sign of the sound relationship and commitment to be true global role models within water and climate…

Finnish and Indonesian Foreign Ministers met in Helsinki

On Monday 18 June Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, visited Helsinki and met with Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini. Minister Retno Marsudi’s visit to Finland was related to the meeting of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, organised in Helsinki. The Foreign Ministers discussed the bilateral…

Denmark’s Foreign Minister visited China

In late June Danish Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen visited china, including to China Zun Tower. “It will be the first time ever a delegation is allowed to visit this building”, a security personal told the waiting crowd. It was the impressive water pumping system delivered by Danish Company Grundfos that was the reason for the…

Kone won three metro projects orders in China

Finland’s global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE, has announced it won orders for three metro projects in China, described as “an important infrastructure market for the company”. The orders are for Changsha Metro Line 5, Xiamen Metro Line 2, and Nanning Metro Line 3. The order for Changsha Metro Line 5 includes…

Collectius acquires non-performing loan portfolio in Philippines

Collectius Group from Sweden has announced that it acquires a 100 million USD non-performing loan (NPLs) portfolio in the Philippines. The transaction permits Collectius to support 170 000 debtors to become debt free. The deal with a local bank further strengthens Collectius position as the preferred debt purchaser of consumer non-performing loans (NPLs) in the…

Dtac accelerate announced Batch 6 finalists

In search for heavyweight start-ups with global potential Telenor-owned dtac in Thailand has announced the 11 startup finalists, selected out of 25 teams, to participate in the dtac accelerate batch 6 (group of start-ups round six) incubator program. The finalists, announced on Pitch Day, will receive seed funding, ranging from 500,000-1.5 million baht per team,…

New Vestas turbines order in China

Vestas has secured a 72 MW order for 20 V126-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.6 MW Power Optimised Mode. The order is the second Vestas has received for the 4 MW platform in China and the first order of V126-3.45 MW. As China moves towards higher rating turbines, Vestas leverages its extensive experience and capabilities…

NordCham Philippines held Midsummer Feast

NordCham Philippines and the Makati Garden Club brought together members and guests to celebrate the Summer Solstice, or Midsummer. “The celebrations were fabulous – everybody danced around the maypole, while the kids had a great time in the garden. The flower crowns worn by the ladies and the singing over schnapps led by the gents…

Swedish Visa application center opened in Yangon

The Embassy of Sweden Bangkok has announced the opening of their Visa Application Centre operated by VFS Global Myanmar Ltd. in Yangon. On July 2, the Embassy’s Migration Liaison Officer, Mr Magnus Petrone, was in Yangon to open the Swedish Visa Application Center operated by VFS Global. The center is now up and running. If…