Business Cooperation

The Chinese market for Water Technologies is estimated to be among the largest in the World. Both public and private investments are of a substantial scale. The public investments are directly related to recent Government regulatory initiatives and adjoined investment programs.

However, due to a variety of reasons, including language barriers, becoming established and expanding at the Chinese Water Tech Market may pose huge difficulties, however competitive the products of services of the international companies. Similar difficulties exists for Chinese companies aiming for the European Water Tech Markets.


In the following, as a core part of the contributing to the overall CEWP objective of promoting business development, links to organisations and key sources of information is provided in order to constitute a basic starting point for European companies focusing on the Chinese Water Tech Market.

CEWP will in the coming 4 years host a series of Access Program Events, which will help European Companies in getting access to the significant Chinese Market for Water Technologies. The Access Program will provide insights on current and, in particular, future market requirements for water tech solutions (taking into account key game changers  – upcoming regulatory changes, circular economy and digitalization), and offer matchmaking for building of innovation partnerships as well as open innovation processes based on concrete challenges.

The China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) will offer a series of Access Program Events, which will take place at side-events at selected Water Tech Expos, distributed evenly all over China, and with a focus on market segments which suits to the priority water challenge of this part of the country. Further, a number of events will take place in Europe.


Overview of the Chinese Water Tech Market

An comprehensive introduction to the Chinese Water Tech Market can be found here: EU SME Center Report: The Water Sector (2013)

An overview presentation of the Chinese Water Tech Market can be found here: An introduction to the Chinese Water Tech Market


Organisations offering Business Support Services

The EU SME Center

The EU SME Centre is a European Union initiative that provides a comprehensive range of hands-on support services to European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), getting them ready to do business in China. For further info: The EU SME Centre Beijing

The Center’s team of experts provides advice and support in four areas – business development, law, standards and conformity and human resources. Collaborating with external experts worldwide, the Centre converts valuable knowledge and experience into practical business tools and services easily accessible online.

The China IPR SME Helpdesk

The China IPR SME Helpdesk is a project founded by the European Union to provide free, business-focused advice for European Small and Medium Sized Enterprises on the protection of intellectual property rights in China. Its services include an enquiry helpline (; training events in Europe, China and online; information resources and online services.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce China – EUCCC

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China was founded in 2000 by 51 member companies that shared a goal of establishing a common voice for the various business sectors of the European Union and European businesses operating in China. It is a members-driven, non-profit, fee-based organisation with a core structure of 43 Working Groups and Fora representing European business in China.


Online Matchmaking

CEWP uses the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Partnering Opportunities Tool. Below you can find CEWP queries for water-related cooperation sought by European companies in China and by Chinese companies in Europe. We are adjusting our search all the time to make the opportunities more relevant, but some will always be more general than others. Feel free to browse them below or make your own search directly through the EEN tool. EEN is funded by the European Union.