The Latest US Tariffs on Chinese Goods

The Latest US Tariffs on Chinese GoodsTariffs Targeting China Announced by the Biden Administration The Biden administration has announced an increase in tariffs on USD 18 billion worth of Chinese imports. This action is part of a broader strategy to protect American industries and workers.Tariff Increases Range from 25% to 100% The new tariffs, ranging from 25% to 100%, target key industries and aim to shield American businesses from cheaper Chinese alternatives: Steel and Aluminum: The tariff rate on certain steel and aluminum products will increase to 25% in 2024. This measure is designed to support the US steel industry, …

Outlook for European Businesses in China

Outlook for European Businesses in ChinaBusiness Sentiment Among European Companies in China The European Chamber of Commerce in China’s (EUCCC) latest Business Confidence Survey reveals a year of mixed sentiments for European businesses in the wake of China’s reopening post-COVID-19. Despite the initial optimism spurred by the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions, several structural issues and regulatory challenges have tempered expectations. This article delves into the survey’s findings, shedding light on the current business climate and the outlook for European firms operating in China.Economic Challenges and Geopolitical Animosities Pressure Foreign Companies in China In 2023, European businesses in China faced significant …

Navigating the EV Market Shift in China

China’s Unrivaled Position in the EV LandscapeThe electric vehicle (EV) market in China continues to redefine the automotive industry’s future. In 2023, China solidified its position as a global leader by accounting for nearly 60% of worldwide EV sales (measured in car registrations), a significant indicator of its growing dominance, according to data from the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Global EV Outlook 2024, a Paris-based autonomous intergovernmental organization. This trend is not just a fleeting phase but a clear signal of the shifting dynamics in the global car market, with projections showing that one in three cars in China will …

Aftermath of the EV hype – permanent dip, small dent, or no crisis at all?

Aftermath of the EV hype – permanent dip, small dent, or no crisis at all?The hype surrounding electric vehicles (EVs) in recent years has been undeniable, driven by a combination of environmental consciousness, government incentives, and technological advancements. However, as the dust settles, questions arise about the sustainability of this growth momentum and the long-term viability of the EV market.The surge in demand for EVs, accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, painted a rosy picture of exponential growth and high expectations. Ambitious targets, such as Germany’s aim to have 15 million EVs on the road by 2030, fueled optimism for a …

Two Sessions of 2024: China’s Economic Outlook

Two Sessions of 2024: China’s Economic OutlookChina’s leadership has set a moderate growth target of „around 5%“ for 2024 amidst a backdrop of considerable economic headwinds, signaling a steadfast resolve to transform the nation’s growth model. This target, announced by Chinese Premier Li Qiang at the Two Sessions meeting, underscores a commitment to stability and high-quality development despite the challenges of a troubled property sector, deflationary pressures, and a volatile global economic climate.Stabilizing Through Transformation and Emphasizing “New Quality Productive Forces” This year’s government work report emphasized the critical need for transformation in China’s economic growth model, focusing on structural …

Navigating the ‚New China Playbook‘: Insights from CMS-EAC Seminar

Navigating the ‚New China Playbook‘: Insights from CMS-EAC SeminarAmidst the ever-changing landscape of global business, the CMS-EAC Seminar convened industry leaders and experts at the German Centre to explore the intricacies of the ‚New China Playbook‘. Against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions and evolving economic realities, the seminar provided a platform for robust discussions and insights into the challenges and opportunities facing foreign enterprises in China.The seminar commenced with a warm welcome speech, extending gratitude to esteemed panelists and attendees for their participation. Dr. Gang Yang, President of Trumpf China, and Mr. Ingarsia, CFO of Schaeffler Greater China, were among …

EAC – International Consulting: Four Years Running as „Best Management Consultants“

EAC – International Consulting: Four Years Running as „Best Management Consultants“EAC – International Consulting is elated to announce its recent achievement, securing its place once again as one of the „Best Management Consultants“ by brand eins business magazine. This prestigious recognition marks the fourth consecutive year of acknowledgment, a testament to the firm’s unwavering dedication to excellence and its remarkable ability to drive client success. Year after year, since 2021, EAC – International Consulting has consistently stood out, earning acclaim and receiving the highest ratings for its exceptional service.At the heart of EAC’s continued success lies a dedication to exceeding …

German FDI Targeting China on New Heights

German FDI Targeting China on New HeightsGermany’s financial engagement with China has soared in recent years, reaching a record of approx. €12 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Germany to China last year, as a recent study form the German Economic Institute shows. This investment trend underscores the complexity of the relationship between the two economies, as German companies seek to capitalize on China’s vast market despite government calls to reduce dependence.Investment in China has raised concerns in Germany and across the European Union. The German government has urged large companies to reduce their reliance on China, citing the …

China Outlook for 2024: A Perspective from German Companies

China Outlook for 2024 A Perspective from German CompaniesIn the latest Business Confidence Survey (BCS) conducted by the German Chamber of Commerce in China, findings reveal a complex landscape of opportunities, challenges, and strategic shifts among German businesses operating in China. Conducted between September and October 2023, the survey engaged 566 member companies, offering a comprehensive insight into the German business sentiment within the Chinese market.Despite a slower-than-expected economic recovery with 52% of German companies that have been surveyed stated a decline in their industry, China’s importance to the German economy remains undiminished. As Germany’s most important trading partner for …

Navigating the Skies: An Overview of the Thriving China Aviation Industry

Navigating the Skies: An Overview of the Thriving China Aviation Industry In recent decades, the China aviation industry has soared to new heights, transforming itself into a global powerhouse. Marked by remarkable growth, strategic investments, and technological advancements, China’s aviation sector has become a key player in the global aerospace arena. This overview will delve into the important specifications of the China aviation industry, exploring key factors that have fuelled its rise and examining the industry’s impact on both domestic and international fronts.Aviation Industry Clusters in China: A Symphony of Innovation The aviation industry in China has witnessed significant growth …

Komplexität meistern: EACs Global Sourcing Chroniken

Komplexität meistern: EACs Global Sourcing ChronikenIn den letzten Jahren hat EAC mehrere Unternehmen bei globalen und regionalen strategischen Beschaffungsprojekten in verschiedenen Branchen unterstützt, darunter Industrie, Mobilität, Bauwesen, Energie und Umwelt, Chemie und Konsumgüter. Bei der Durchführung dieser Sourcing-Projekte sind wir auf einzigartige Herausforderungen und unerwartete Chancen gestoßen. In diesem Artikel möchten wir ausgewählte Beobachtungen und Erkenntnisse unserer EAC-Beschaffungsexperten zusammenfassen.Wachsende Bedeutung nachhaltiger Beschaffungspraktiken In der heutigen umweltbewussten Welt ist Nachhaltigkeit nicht mehr nur ein zweitrangiges Anliegen, sondern integraler Bestandteil einer erfolgreichen Geschäftsstrategie. Dies konnten wir feststellen, als wir ein führendes europäisches Unternehmen bei der Suche nach potenziellen Lieferanten für vier verschiedene …

Navigating Complexities: EAC’s Global Sourcing Chronicles

Navigating Complexities: EAC’s Global Sourcing ChroniclesIn recent years, EAC has supported multiple companies in global and regional strategic souring projects across various industries, including industrials, mobility, building & construction, energy and environment, chemicals, and consumer goods. While executing these sourcing projects, we have encountered unique challenges and unexpected opportunities. With this article we would like to summarize select observations and learnings of our EAC sourcing experts.Rising Importance of Sustainable Sourcing Practices In today’s environmentally conscious world, sustainability is no longer a secondary concern; it is an integral part of a successful business strategy. We observed this while assisting a leading …