Denmark has doubled its water tech exports to China

Chinese water minister visiting Copenhagen

Over the past seven years, the Danish export of water technology to China has doubled, and this week the Chinese water minister, Chen Lei, is visiting Denmark with a view to signing additional co-operation agreements.

The environment minister, Kirsten Brosbøl, will today meet Lei, after which the pair will visit the state-of-the-art Marbjerg waterworks near Roskilde. The site, which opened in March, is considered a blueprint for future waterworks.

“Denmark is a member of the absolute elite when it comes to technological water solutions,” Brosbøl said.

“Chen Lei’s visit is a unique opportunity to show China what we are capable of in the area and what we can offer the Chinese, who will be making massive investments in the water arena in the coming years.”

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Double by 2025
China invests a billion kroner every day in its water supply, and a considerable number of the components being used are Danish.

According to new figures from consultancy firm DAMVAD, Danish water tech exports to China shot up from 412 million kroner in 2007 to 831 million kroner last year.

This complements the government’s ambition to double Denmark’s global exports of water tech by 2025.

“We can generate 3,000 to 4,000 jobs by doubling exports, but it means we must gain a stronger footing in the Chinese market,” Brosbøl said.

On Tuesday, Brosbøl and Lei will take part in the China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) convention in Copenhagen, while Lei will meet representatives from a number of Danish companies on Wednesday.