In 2008, following years of professional experience in the Chinese market, Wim and Joost Eeuwes decided to establish EWD-Compass with the intention of using their expertise to support companies when they do business in China. The office in Ningbo was opened less than a year later. The direct link to China was made. Today, EWD's team consists of fourteen permanent employees located in the Netherlands, China and Vietnam.
The entrepreneurial mindset of the Chinese people really appeals to me", says Wim Eeuwes. "A Chinese entrepreneur spots business opportunities fast and quickly turns these into reality. Chinese companies rapidly adapt to a changing market." Though there had always been a passion for China, supporting European companies when they carry out business in China makes it all complete for Wim. "Because of the enthusiasm, the culture and the speed of action, it is very fascinating to be a link between Chinese and European companies."
Language and culture can be a big barrier for European companies when they consider carrying out business in China. This is a shame, because with proper guidance and support, China offers enormous opportunities. Joost Eeuwes explains: "China continues to be a source of amazement. The huge range of business opportunities the country has to offer is impressive. The years in which only simple products were purchased from China are a thing of the past. Chinese products nowadays are of high quality. In addition, more and more products are being exported from Europe to China."
Reliable and Transparent
Since EWD-Compass is not a trading company, you can be sure that we will always place your company’s best interest first. "We are always pleased to support our clients’ business ventures in China by means of our knowledge and contacts", Joost Eeuwes explains. "Our working method is transparent and reliable, there are no hidden agendas. Our goal is to relieve our clients and help them to become successful in their field of business. This means that EWD-Compass assigns a single contact person to each client. In this way, the contacts are as direct as possible."
Our head office staff in Oosterhout speak Dutch, Chinese and English and they are the backbone of EWD-Compass’ international network. In Ningbo, the EWD-Compass staff is ready to monitor and support the processes locally.
EWD-Compass recently opened an office in Vietnam in response to emerging and changing markets within specific industries. By doing so, EWD-Compass continues to anticipate and respond to a rapidly changing market.