China and Portugal will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Macau's transfer from Portuguese to Chinese administration in December. Ties between the countries have never been better and the Portuguese presence in Macau - which declined following the transition - seems to be on the rise once again. 'The Portuguese community in Macau is still considerable and we continue to have new arrivals from Europe,' said Manuel Carvalho, Portugal's consul general in Macau and Hong Kong. 'We are well received in Macau and welcomed by the authorities. They recognise the Portuguese presence as an important element in defining the identity of the region. You see Portuguese people in the administration, economic life, culture and education.' In some ways, Macau's face has become more Portuguese since its return to Chinese administration. Portuguese cal?adas, or mosaic pavement stones, were installed by the outgoing administration in Senado Square in the mid-1990s. They can now be found - along with Portuguese-style lamp posts - all over town. Restoration has also been done on many old churches that dot the city. Fountains have been installed in front of some, lending the city an increasingly Iberian ambience. In commercial terms, Portuguese investment in Macau is strongest in such sectors as accounting, architecture, foodstuffs, law, medicine, pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, utilities and wine. According to Miguel Crespo, trade and investment commissioner to Hong Kong and Macau, the market potential is immense for Portuguese wines, coffee and such foodstuffs as presunto, a ham from free-range black pigs that feed on acorns. Already several of Hong Kong's most exclusive restaurants - from Aspasia to C?page to Spoon - have added presunto to the menu. Inroads are also being made in Beijing and Shanghai. Macau makes an attractive base for investors from Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries wanting to enter the Hong Kong or mainland markets. It has a supportive government and professional service providers - from accountants to bankers to lawyers - who are familiar with Portuguese laws and accounting practices, which can be very different from those of the English-speaking world. There are other advantages. Macau offers intellectual property protection, a friendly business environment, a Portuguese-speaking administration and an English-speaking workforce used to working with foreigners - all on the doorstep to the mainland. Established in 2005, Sociedade Industrial de Macau (SIM), a 100 per cent Portuguese-invested company, has ploughed US$25 million into building the largest coffee-roasting facility in Asia. It started production earlier this year in the Transborder Industrial Park, which has a 24-hour border crossing to the mainland. The factory's roasting capacity is 3,000 tonnes per year, with enough space to triple that. 'With Cepa [the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement signed with the central government], you can get into China tax-free and there is also less red tape,' said managing director Joao Basto. 'What is more, it has an existing coffee culture, making it an ideal test market for us.' The company is marketing two brands of its own, Ol? Caf? and Joy. The former is a high-quality brand made from Arabica beans, with a flavour more suitable to European tastes. Joy, which uses Robusta beans, is more suited to Chinese preferences and goes well with evaporated milk. Offering roasting and packaging services, SIM is also hoping to build partnerships with global brands selling or wanting to sell their products in Asia. Among its key selling points are state-of-the-art German roasting equipment and sophisticated Italian packaging machinery. 'We will be the brand behind the brands,' Mr Basto said. 'Coffee consumption in mainland China is growing in double digits. The market for fresh coffee is 15,000 tonnes, which is rising very fast. That is why we decided to build the most modern coffee factory in Asia in Macau.' About 20 Portuguese-based companies are operating in Macau. Among them is Hovione PharmaScience, a producer of active ingredients for generic drugs, which set up its Taipa plant in 1986. Its 120 workers make generic and custom synthesis products for leading pharmaceutical and biotech producers. It has a sales office in Hong Kong and one of its largest markets is the United States. Portuguese group Energias de Portugal (EDP) and tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun set up EDP-Energy Solutions Asia in February. Specialising in providing clean energy solutions, it is focusing on the mainland market, providing consultancy services, technical assistance and operational management. It will also serve as 'an observatory for investment opportunities in the country'. Established in 1995, the Lisbon-based Malo Clinic is another new arrival. The world's largest centre of implantology and fixed oral rehabilitation opened a clinic and spa at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel earlier this year. It has six operating theatres, 58 spa rooms, wet and hydro facilities and a hair salon. Staff include more than 50 doctors and 100 spa therapists.