Swedish companies to contribute to "green city" building of China's Wuxi

08:56, October 20, 2009      

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Three Swedish companies investing in China's Wuxi said on Monday that they would contribute to the building of a "green city" in the eastern Chinese city.

At a Wuxi-Sweden Cleantech Symposium held in Stockholm on Monday, three agreements for further cooperation were signed between Wuxi New District and three companies in Sweden, namely Astra Zeneca, a pharmaceutical company, Atlas Coproco, a compressor company, and Sandvik, a mining machinery company.

Anders Buren from Astra Zeneca said his company had achieved in Wuxi, a city in east China's Jiangsu Province, an average growth rate of 30 percent since 2001, and had expanded twice its production scale to meet the market demand in China.

"Atlas Copco's scale of compressor production doubled in every three years since 1984. Now 30 percent of our products are exported to other Asian countries. This is achieved with the cooperation and great support of the local government. I like to say thank you," said Paul Fringe from Atlas Copco.

"The Taihu Lake Blue Algae outbreak two years ago taught us a good lesson. Swedish sustainable development model is a good experience that we can learn. Thus we like to shift from the traditional metallurgical and mechanical industries to more environmentally friendly industries as we encounter the environmental problems now," said Yang Weize, secretary of the Wuxi Municipal Committee of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).

Wuxi is reportedly the 7th most competitive city in China. Witha population of six million, Wuxi achieved a per capita GDP of 10,000 U.S. dollars in 2008.

Source: Xinhua
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