Tel Aviv University Visits China Once Again

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China is a topic relevant to many, not only because it one of the biggest economies in the world, but also because many things are happening here and now. This of course is one of the reasons the Executive MBA Program from the Recanati Business School Tel Aviv University visited the Mainland once again. Their stay in China lasted a week, and during this time the delegation toured 5 cities and visited more than a dozen companies. E-commerce, dairy market products, outbound investments, and technological exchanges between Israel and China were some of the topics in the agenda.

AmCham Interviews PTL Group Founder Zvi Shalgo

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April 10th – Shanghai

PTL Group of Companies’ Founder and Chairman, Zvi Shalgo, sat down at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai for a journey into the past.  The one-on-one interview about Zvi’s “Made in China” experience was for a new podcast series chronicling the lives of some of China’s most interesting and successful business men and women. 

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The True Cost: Maintaining a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise in China

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Set Up Costs

To register a WFOE in China, there are set up costs that you just cannot get around. Often times for SMEs, this reality drastically increases the financial risk of entering the market.  The good news is however, other options exist that allow foreign companies to begin operations immediately upon signing a contract agreement with a local partner.  To get more information on that topic, perhaps you'd be interested in my last article here.

Realistically, the time required for registration - to gather all the necessary paperwork, translate it when appropriate, etc, submit it to Chinese authorities, and wait for all the approvals - is at least 6 months.

To Sell in China, Save Time and Money: Don’t Register a Legal Company

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Small and Medium-sized Companies

You've decided it’s time. The Chinese market, with its vast size and impress growth history, can no longer be ignored as a place of doing business, capturing customers and establishing real market share. With the sheer size, history and land area that comes with the Chinese territory, it is no wonder that Chinese cultural traditions, norms and expectations abound and have permeated into its business practices. As a result, a level of business complexity exists here that is often a confusing amalgamation of Western influence, ancient Han Chinese tradition and local, modern mixed economic regulations instituted by the One Party system. Indeed, China is a place where businesses go to either thrive or die.

The first meeting of the China Business Club in Israel

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Many Israeli exporters face challenges in the Chinese market, and with a variety of issues numerous specific questions arise. With the environment changing quickly there is a constant need to catch up and find out about best practices for doing business in China.

So this year – its PTL Group’s 15th anniversary of doing business in China – we established a forum for active managers of Israeli companies operating in the Chinese market, where it was possible to discuss the small details and particularities of doing business in China. This is of major importance since these "little details" crucially affect bottom line results at the end of the year.

Infographic: China's Social Media

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Taditel's ribbon cutting ceremony at CI3

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On Jan. 22 the automotive modules manufacturer Taditel celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony at the industrial incubator CI3's facilities - a PTL group affiliate company; Taditel managers warmly welcomed their guests to the event with a traditional Chinese Lion dance performance and took them on a tour through the facilities. 

PTL client Visualead secures investment from Alibaba Group

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Congratulations to our client - VISUALEAD - for raising investment from the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, the first direct-investment of Alibaba in an Israeli high-tech company. The amount of investment has not been published but is estimated at 7-9 million. Furthermore, Alibaba and Visualead also entered into a strategic cooperation agreement.

With its visual QR code technology Visualead has developed applications that are already being used by more than 500,000 businesses all over the world. Visualead also has an office in Shanghai where PTL Group provides financial services as well as assistance in dealing with local suppliers and invoicing in local currency. From their Shanghai office Visualead has already been cooperating for some time with Alibaba and other Chinese companies.

Warm greetings and a lot of success,

The PTL Group team

Taditel - CI3 opening ceremony event invitation

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Happy New Year to you!

As you may know, PTL Group, besides providing platform to foreign SMEs in China, has also established a manufacturing incubation platform which hosts the manufacturing operations of foreign SMEs. 

The manufacturing incubation facility is managed by PTL Group’s sister company,CI3 ( Changzhou Initiative Industrial Incubator). This month, CI3 is having a ribbon-cutting event for an inaugural factory opening of its client Taditel. This will be the 7th client that has utilized the CI3 facilities. 

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Preparing for the Year of the Sheep: 15 Tips to Wrap Up before Chinese New Year

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The 2015 Chinese New Year is around the corner, and this time we celebrate the year of the sheep. At PTL Group, we start to get busy on preparations and To-Do Lists come in handy. Therefore, we’d like to share 15 tips that could be helpful in wrapping up the Year of the Horse with precision, and welcoming in the docile sheep.

Shanghai Tower

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After living beside the Shanghai Tower for just over 4 months and seeing the development of such an immense building I decided to share some of its most interesting facts, from an architectural point of view, environmental point of view and of course a business point of view.

Uncertainties in China- Dream Big or Be Averse to Risk

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The concept of “Uncertainties in China” from a business perspective can reflect on uncertainties in several fields, including unpredictable government policy changes, dictatorship of the legislation system, business ethic problems, huge increasingly wealthy population with dramatically rapid consuming trend changes and rocketing e-commerce and social media adoption happening in China. This article mainly focuses on macro-economy trend and SMEs’ market entry strategies.

China GDP Exceeds USA?

Recently, a popular topic is how soon the GDP of China will exceed that of the US. Some analysts even assert that the real GDP of China has closed to or equated with that of the US. The achievement of GDP growth of China was amazing in these past twenty years, so does the discussion about the GDP surpassing expectation prove the China market would keep growing and be a wonderful place to do business? Following MNCs, should SMEs dream big and head towards the China market?

Hosting a website in China – what’s behind the great wall?

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In China a website that is hosted locally actually loads quicker than one hosted in a different country. This is because data from abroad needs to penetrate China’s great firewall which might cause such a website to load a few seconds longer. In rare cases it could even happen that a foreign page cannot be opened at all. While this might not be a serious issue for certain businesses it can become a severe competitive disadvantage for content intensive websites such as online stores, where consumers expect to be able to quickly navigate from one product to the next. So why does not everybody just host their website in China?

ChAFTA - The Main Changes

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The much anticipated China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has been signed on 20th November 2014. ChAFTA secures Australia's competitive position with its largest trading partner and lays the foundation for a deeper and stronger long-term strategic partnership.  ChAFTA was also the main point of conversation in the business tour our VP of Sales & Marketing - Arie Schreier - just completed in Australia. The focus was on materializing the benefits of this agreement. Here we list a few of the industries of our interest - Agriculture, Raw Materials, Investment, Trade in Services and Financial Services.

Distributor or Fulfillment Agent? A Tough Choice for Selling in China

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The Easiest Way Doesn't Work

The easiest way to sell in China would be to find a reliable and capable distributor who just buys products and immediately pays revenues.

This easy way faces many challenges, which may lead to companies losing the opportunity to grow their sales in China and end up completely losing market share. In Mainland, the market is separated in many small units rather than a huge integrated market place. The attribute of “Guanxi” in Chinese society also hinders a distributor’s access to all channels. A distributor with roots in Southern China would have very limited or even no presence in Northern China (e-commerce would be an exception). And so, to cover as many regions as possible and diversify channels, the investor should choose several distributors rather than an exclusive one who just covers a limited region or channel. However, once the foreign company starts negotiation with several distributors, the main handicap faced is aligning interest among distributors. Who doesn't want to be exclusive? Sharing the cake might get distributors to look for short-term benefits rather than long-term growth.

Capturing A Billion Customers: The Sales Incubation Model in China

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Not to Be Ignored

As most in the business world would agree, China is one of the most competitive markets on the planet for local and foreign companies alike. In many ways, the country’s economic policies, Five Year Plans and overall top-down leadership out of Beijing are hugely competitive with its counterparts in the West – and in ways, even more forward thinking and innovative. Whether we fear it, hate it or are indifferent to the rise of China, surely those in the global business community would agree that we cannot afford to ignore this ancient culture and increasingly influential super power.

“Tier System” Investments in China: An Overview

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China’s growth is reflected in numerous cities around the country. From east to west and north to south, many cities in China have experienced unprecedented economic growth during recent years. Consequently, the government created a classification system based on “tiers”.  

The Chinese Tier System

The aim of the tier system is to rank cities throughout China. It is based on economic structural factors rather than size or demographic data. The leading points for this structure are: population size, development of services, infrastructure, cosmopolitan nature and economic growth

The Industrial Incubation Initiative leaped in the summer

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 On August 5, 2014, the Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, Mr. Arnon Perlman, paid a visit to “Changzhou Industrial Incubation Initiative” (CI3) in Changzhou. Mr. Perlman was given a tour of the premises including company visits to Tuttnauer (www.tuttnauer.com) from Israel, and Lytron (www.lytron.com) from the USA; both medical device companies operating in CI3 and producing for the Chinese market. On that same visit, Mr. Perlman together with Mr. Zvi Shalgo met with Changzhou mayor Mr. Fang Guoqiang and Foreign Affairs Office of Changzhou Municipal People’s Government Director Mr. Du Jibin.

Operating and promoting foreign company's internet presence and activities in the Chinese web

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Helen Doron & PTL Group

30 years ago Linguist Helen Doron developed a method for teaching English as a foreign language to young kids, a method that imitates the way in which babies learn their mother tongue. Today, Helen Doron English is an international franchise network in over 30 countries, and has recently expanded into China becoming one of our clients.

In China, Helen Doron English currently operates a total of 18 learning centers in nine different cities. Fortunately, the chain continues to expand and grow in China, mainly due to their executive's large scale and long term strategic attitude. In this context, one of their decisions was to choose PTL Group's local operational management services to support their growing portfolio of English learning centers.

The PTL Group marketing department is operating and promoting the Helen Doron presence and activities on the Chinese web. A conversation with Sara Song, PTL Group's project manager of Helen Doron's online marketing, clarifies how this service model works:

R&D Centers and Incubators and as a Growth Model for Israeli Companies in China

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PTL Group was invited to take part in the first meeting held between the Task Force for China's affairs in the Israeli Ministry of Economics, and a working team for high-tech interests which represents the Chinese government.


How do you benefit from the knowledge accumulated by Israeli companies and Chinese elements in order to promote the activity of Israeli companies in China? That was the main question of a special seminar that was held recently in Tel Aviv.  Among this question and other things, also examined were models of incubators and R&D centers suited for Israeli companies in China.

That was the first meeting between the Task Force for China's Affairs in the Israeli Ministry of Economics led by Chief Scientist Avi Hasson, and a working team for high-tech interests representing the Chinese's government and led by Ren Zhiwu, deputy director-general of the High-tech Industry Department of the NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission). The Chinese delegation included representatives from the local industry and the four industrial parks which were chosen by the Chinese government for the issue of cooperation with Israel.