Officials Together with Design Professionals Attends Sino-Finnish Design Park Opening
Around a hundred officials with well known design professionals attended the opening ceremony of the Sino-Finnish Design Park in Futian last Friday. The park located at Funian Square of Futian Bonded Zone has six story building that houses different service providers that includes a public service platform, an international design talent training, innovative projects, incubator for young designers and a certification center and headquarters for design companies.
The park is created with the cooperation efforts of Helsinki and Shenzhen after city mayor Xu Qin signed a joint memorandum of understanding with Helsinki mayor Jussi Pajunen. Shenzhen is a very important and appreciated partner of Helsinki and is always considered a dynamic window into contemporary China and is one of the most active cities in China that interacts with the rest of the world. Both mayors are hoping that the Sino-Finnish Design Park will help both the Chinese and Finnish companies in getting to know each other and find ways to do business together.
A highlight of the park is the Studio Kukkapura that is located on the first floor and is named after Finland’s internationally known designer Yrjo Kukkapuro which features classic works from the past half century that is regarded as the essence of Finnish design. Found on the same floor is the Sino-Finnish Design Park Exhibition Center that uses multimedia platforms and showcases different design products from well known local and foreign design companies such as CBON Design and Consulting Co. and Shenzhen LKK Design Co. and a Italian studio of Stefano Giovannoni the Giovannoni Design.
So far around 80 percent of the design park space is already occupied by design companies such as LLK, CBON, CSH Design Co. ED Design, Rito Group and international companies such as Studio O and Giovannoni Design from Italy and Avarte Furniture Co. from Finland. To help manage the park a Sino-Finnish Design Center has been created to bridge the cooperation between the Chinese and foreign companies that will also help international companies overcome difficulties of seeking cooperation.
Companies and enterprises that will be entering the park will enjoy rental subsidies from the city municipal government including a subsidy for those renting area less than 500 square meters and a subsidy of 15 yuan per square meter per month for an area less that 500 square meters for the first three years. the companies will also be exempted from import duties plus enjoy reduction of business income taxes and export targeted tax rebates.