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A joint Israeli and Chinese team is building a huge Sino-Israeli International
Water Industrial Park in southern China, a representative from the team told The
Jerusalem Post at the WATEC water technologies exhibition in Tel Aviv on
“Israeli companies have the most advanced technologies in the
world and the purpose is to invite Israeli water companies into China and to
explore the market in China,” said Victor Zhao, Chinese-based director of Ness
Ziona firm Shirat Enterprises.
The industrial park, which will be jointly
managed by Shirat and Chinese company Dowell, will encompass about 400,000
square meters worth of research and exhibition facilities in the manufacturing
city of Dangguan, located in China’s Guangdong Province. The binational team has
already recruited 10 small Israeli water technology firms of various backgrounds
to conduct research and development at the future facility, according to
While the Israeli companies will bring in their technology and
expertise, the Chinese portion of the team will be providing the necessary
“platform” to connect with the Chinese government and customers, he continued.
During a recent survey conducted by his company with more than 20 relevant
Israeli organizations, Zhao said his firm found that they would all want to
expand their technologies to the Chinese market if possible.
facing very problematic issues with water shortages and pollution and Israel on
the other side has great technologies but not a great market,” Zhao said. “It’s
China was the most highly represented country at
this year’s WATEC convention, featuring 24 groups with more than 200 people
representing over 130 firms, research institutes and government offices,
according to the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry. The increased presence of
Chinese participants coincides with an increase in trade with the Asian partner,
which amounted to $6.8 billion in 2010, a jump of 49 percent from the previous
year, the ministry said.