At the Niederrhein Business Park, the Chinese Starhai Group is investing 260 million euros in the construction of a "China Trade Center Europe".
As part of the expansion of the New Silk Road between China and Duisburg, a Chinese trade center will make it easier for further companies from the People's Republic to enter the region from 2018 onwards. In addition, with this major project the investor Starhai has set itself the goal of promoting cooperation between Chinese companies, German universities and research institutes. "The Chinese are very keen to advance the project and expand the excellent relations between Duisburg and the People's Republic," said Rolf Sasse, Sales and Marketing Director of Starhai.
On an area of 120,000 square meters, the center embraces offices, event and exhibition rooms, an e-commerce center as well as restaurant and hotel facilities. 1,000 to 2,000 new jobs are planned. One of the key factors favoring the Niederrhein Business Park is its proximity to the Logport site, where the German-Chinese Yuxinou freight train connection between Duisburg and Chongqing arrives three times a week.
Starhai plans to start construction of the China Trade Center Europe as early as next year. Duisburg's mayor Sören Link reaffirmed his desire to further develop the already flourishing economic relations with China. "This project is intended to create a new window for China facing in the direction of Europe, through which companies from the neighboring countries can also carry out their business transactions with Chinese companies in Duisburg," explained Link.
Petra Wassner, CEO of NRW.INVEST, welcomed the announcement of the large-scale investment and emphasized that NRW's strong commitment in China with representations in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Chengdu is paying off.