Hamburg eye laser hospital group with new branch in Shanghai
Hamburg, November 17, 2011 - On Thursday, EuroEyes is the first ever German eye laser clinic group to lay the foundation for a location in China in the presence of the first mayor of the free Hanseatic city of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz. The official opening of the hospital in the eastern Chinese financial centre Shanghai will be next spring: The first patients in the megacity are to receive surgery from German EuroEyes specialists starting in April of 2012. The symbolic first stone was laid in the course of the one-week delegate trip of the first mayor through China and Japan. The investment volume is approx. four million euros. Dr. Jørn Slot Jørgensen, founder of the EuroEyes clinic group, will be the medical director of the eye clinic that covers 650 square metres. Fifteen employees will be working in the new branch, about half of them German. The Hamburg based company plans to establish three to four more eye clinics in China in the next few years.
Quality seal "Made in Germany" for Chinese eyes
The People's Republic of China is the future market per se and extremely interesting for us," is Jørgensen's explanation for the expansion into the Middle Kingdom. "About 80 percent of the Chinese have some form of vision impairment. Add to this the stable economic growth and the thriving wealthy middle class in the country." Beyond that, Chinese people have an acute awareness of the "Made in Germany" seal of quality. The company offers its patients in Shanghai the complete range of refractive surgery. EuroEyes purposely wants to set itself apart from low-priced local providers. Treatments in the new chinese clinic cost as much as in Germany.
From Hamburg into the world
EuroEyes was founded by Dr. Jørgensen in Hamburg in 1995. The company has expanded ever since. EuroEyes has 17 clinics and consulting centres in Germany. The company also runs three eye laser centres in Copenhagen and Aarhus in Denmark, the native country of Dr. Jørgensen. A new eye clinic in Austria is currently being built and will probably open in February 2012. EuroEyes currently employs about 160 people. With the new location in China, the company is now also expanding outside Europe.
Choosing Shanghai was no accident: The city with 22 million people is the economically strongest city in China. Numerous international companies and groups have located here in recently years. But coming here still poses challenges for western companies. "Not only the Chinese language and culture, but also the legal situation is totally different from that in Germany," Jørgensen explains. Especially the search for suitable real estate in the centre of the megacity was turning out to be a problem. Jørgensen travelled to China several times to negotiate with local authorities, estate agents and investors in Shanghai - with the outstanding support of the Hamburg chamber of commerce. The German clinic group`s new premises are located in Shanghai`s financial district Pudong. The renowned Berlin architectural practice raumHOCH is developing the corporate architecture.
Guest of honor and contract signers
First Major of Hamburg, Germany
Dr. Bernd Egert
Hamburg Ministry of Economic, Transport and Invovation
State Secretary Dr. Egert
deputy consul General
Eye Doctor, President and CEO EuroEyes
Mr. Mei Zhaorong
Former Ambassador of China in Germany
Mr. Yang Huiqun
Counselor of European department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Zhang Zhaotian
Vice chairman of political consultative conference Pudong
Mr. Meng Yongchu
China JINMAO GROUP VICE Secretary of the Communist Party Committee、Secretary to Board of Directors
Ms. Ren Yanhua
China JINMAO GROUP Assistant of CEO and GM of Commerce Development Department
中国金茂（集团）有限公司 总裁助理 兼商业发展部总经理
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About EuroEyes Deutschland GmbH
The EuroEyes clinic group with 22 eye laser centres and more than 300,000 completed eye surgeries is one of the largest independent clinic groups for eye laser surgery. The doctors of the EuroEyes clinic group have comprehensive experience in the field of laser and intraocular refractive surgery. The focus is on correcting defective vision problems like myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism. The first eye clinic of the EuroEyes group was opened by Dr. Jørn Slot Jørgensen in Hamburg in 1993.
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