BRL 2 with Rob O'Byrne - Supply Chain

This event at SwissRe in Barangaroo, was a sell out event. The topic was of high interest, and the vivid discussion before and after the event with a short tour of the state of the art offices clearly indicted that the value of the TOPIC and the Networking are appreciated and key in an ever growing complex business world.  

Engaged, Interested, Happy, Focused, this were the Members of our Board Room Lunch. Did you miss out ? Be there next time. Coming soon. Rob O'Byrne did certainly let the Tiger out of the ......  Thank for to parties involved to make this a great success. We look forward to the next BRL coming soon.

Martin G Scarpino - CEO of SwissCham in Australia

Dear Members and Friends of SwissCham Australia

Since Mid March 2017 I have the the honour to be at the helm of SwissCham. Many Members may recall my involvement with the former Swiss Chamber (Sacci) as a non Executive Board Member from 2002 to 2008 as the honorary Treasurer. 

I grow up in the border town of Kreuzlingen/TG where I did all my schools and basic education. I then acquired my degree during my time with Ernst and Young as "eidg. dipl Treuhand Experte". In 1997, exactly 20 years ago I migrated with my family to Australia. As the former MD at Leica Australia, I was then promoted to join Leica in Singapore (2009 to 2013). From there I joined another swiss company SWISSRAY in Taipei as VP Sales APAC. At the End of 2015 I returned to Australia and after some soul searching I set up my own company. In early March 2017 I was asked to join SwissCham as the new CEO, as Marcel Svatos, who did a great job over the last, nearly 10 years, decided to move on. 

In my private time, I enjoy singing in a choir and riding my BMW motorbike through the endless and beautiful land of down under.

I look forward to the next stage in SwissCham and to continue provide a superior member experience and with a clear focus to further grow the membership and make the membership of SwissCham something, that all  Swiss Companies in Australia highly desire. Being a part of SwissCham is not just a cost, its part of identity and proud connection.

Maybe fewer, but higher quality networking events,  in a time of high engagement at all level of Management is the  sign and the clear trend of the time. 

Feel free at any time to connect with me. I look forward to a very open and positive contribution from our members. Want to contribute on our News Part / News Letter? Let me know your information you like to share.


Martin G Scarpino

DHL - Extends Belt and Road network with new Shenzhen - Minsk connection

DHL manages new route with supply chain partner China Brilliant, providing both LCL and FCL service to DHL customers

Shenzhen, 22 May 2017 – DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, today launched the first regular service connecting Shenzhen to Minsk, Belarus via rail in less than 12 days. The new route covers new overland connections to several major cities along China’s “Belt and Road” and is the latest route in the DHL Asia-Europe-Asia multimodal network.

DHL will manage the new route together with China Brilliant, an integrated service provider in global manufacturing and consumption with which DHL signed an MOU last year. Offering both Less-than-Container Load (LCL) and Full Container Load (FCL) services along the route, DHL gives businesses increased flexibility to meet rapidly growing and evolving market demands for electronics, industrial and automotive parts, and fresh food in both Eastern Europe and China.

“Eastern Europe’s economies are growing faster than almost any others worldwide,[1] with significant export opportunities arising from the region’s rising wages and disposable income levels,[2]” said Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Greater China. “Minsk offers Chinese businesses an efficient gateway into the Baltic States and Nordic countries in addition to other major European destinations like Warsaw, Hamburg and Tilburg via Brest.”

“With Shenzhen’s economy exceeding expectations to grow by 9% last year,[3] the route also opens sizable opportunities for European exporters looking to sell to one of China’s most vibrant trade and business hubs, or use it as an important gateway to Southeast Asia and the rest of the Chinese consumer market. Our newest route further supports strategic infrastructure projects designed especially to support the Belt and Road, such as the Great Stone Industrial Park – the largest joint project between China and Belarus that will span decades;[4] strengthens bilateral ties between the two countries; and also lays the groundwork for further rail connectivity to the Nordic and Middle Eastern states involved in the Belt and Road.”

The new route will transit through the Alashankou-Dostyk rail juncture which already services several other flagship multimodal services, including rail connections from Chengdu, Zhengzhou, and Lianyungang to continental Europe. As with its other “Belt and Road” routes, the Shenzhen-Minsk connection will also offer customers access to DHL solutions including real-time GPS tracking of containers and fully-managed customs clearance for the entire journey.

“Trade growth between China and Belarus shows no signs of slowing down, and we are excited to be partnering with DHL to further streamline freight connections between both countries,” said Zhang Chunhua, Founder, China Brilliant Group. “The partnerships that DHL has with governments and businesses globally, coupled with our market strength in Shenzhen-based supply chains, have come together to create a solution that directly meets the needs of China’s expansion-hungry manufacturers and producers.”

As the pioneer in innovative multimodal solutions from China to Europe, DHL has been offering this suite of innovative and flexible solutions since 2010, which connects China, Japan, Southeast Asia and Taiwan to Europe.

·       North Corridor: Suzhou to Warsaw; connects China’s engineering and manufacturing hubs to pan-European demand in 14 days

·       South Corridor: Lianyungang and Chengdu to Istanbul; traverses three Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia – as well as two sea transit segments before arriving at Istanbul in 14 days

·       West Corridor: Zhengzhou to Hamburg, Chengdu to Lodz and Shenzhen to Minsk; supporting Zhengzhou’s electronics manufacturers, Chengdu’s high-tech and automotive industry and Shenzhen’s electronics and consumer industries with cost-effective access into Europe

·       Sea transit: connecting Japan, Korea and Taiwan to China via ferry services, for onward journey to Europe; as well as Shanghai to Europe via Piraeus, Greece

·       Road connection: linking manufacturing base in Vietnam to Europe via China

– End – Media Contact: DHL Asia Pacific & EEMEA  Corporate Communications and Responsibility

Brexit - The Economic Impact for Switzerland


Few things are certain in the wake of the referendum held on Thursday 23 June. True, Brexit won with a majority, but exit has not yet been formally triggered. Before the UK government sends official notification that it is leaving the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, nothing will have changed in law. Still, it is virtually certain that some form of change is on its way, and until the nature of this change becomes clearer, uncertainty and market volatility will remain high. Read more click the link below