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ABB to Open USD150 Million Robotics Factory in Shanghai

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

ABB Group, the Swiss technology company, is in the final stages of commissioning its new USD150 million robotics factory in Shanghai, and the facility is expected to be operational within the next few months, said a senior executive. It will be the most advanced, automated, and flexible factory in the robotics industry worldwide – a center where robots make robots, said Sami Atiya, president of ABB robotics and discrete automation. “The new facility will also host an onsite research and development center, which will help accelerate innovations in artificial intelligence, and an open innovation hub where we will collaborate with customers to co-develop tailor-made automation solutions,” he said. Under the ABB plan, the new factory will deliver high-end manufacturing solutions for Asia and part of the group’s comprehensive value chain in China: from research to sales and services. “Robotics can bridge labor and skills shortages, while giving companies a greater degree of flexibility. We have seen much of the current demand for automation coming from new sectors and companies that previously hadn’t considered it,” said Atiya.

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Interroll Opens New Plant in Suzhou During its 20th Anniversary Year in China

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

After two successful decades in the Chinese material-handling market, Interroll has now fully prepared for future opportunities in Asia Pacific and China by putting a new plant in Suzhou, China, in full operation, effectively doubling production capacities. Serving as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Interroll Group, the new Interroll Suzhou factory is located in the Suzhou Industrial Park, a national economic and technological development zone, with a total floor space of approximately 28,000 square meters and a total investment of RMB 181 million (approximately CHF 25 million). This marks another major upgrade of the Interroll Suzhou manufacturing base to provide high-quality products and services and all-round support to its regional customers, and demonstrates Interroll’s long-term commitment to the markets in China and Asia Pacific. As a Regional Center of Excellence (RCoE), the new facility will produce the full range of Interroll rollers, RollerDrive, drum motors, the modular conveyor platform (MCP), sorters, and pallet-handling solutions. It will also function as Interroll’s RCoE for polymers and subsystems. Interroll end users are served from China cover different industries and range domestically from China Post, S.F. Express, JD.com, Wuxi Lion, Aokang and Liwayway to end users across Asia such as Toyota, Red Bull, Amazon and Youngone. While deepening cooperation with existing customers, Interroll anticipates further growth opportunities in the medium-term in e-commerce, warehousing and express delivery, food, airport, pharmaceuticals, apparel, automotive and other industries in Asia Pacific and China.

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ABB and Wison Offshore & Marine Collaborate to Develop Standardized Solutions for FLNG Facilities

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

ABB and Wison Offshore & Marine (WOM), a technology and solution provider focusing on clean energy, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development and implementation of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facilities worldwide. FLNG facilities makes the production, liquefaction, and storage of natural gas possible at sea, from where it can be shipped directly to customers around the world. By optimizing and standardizing the FLNG unit design, ABB and WOM aim to significantly improve the production efficiency of LNG at sea. WOM’s competence as a premier provider of turnkey engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) to the FLNG market will be coupled with ABB’s expertise in integrating electrical, control and safety systems. Valued at over USD 14,187 million in 2020, the global FLNG market is projected to reach a value of over USD 104,281 million by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 20.1%. Mr Wei Huaqing, Assistant President of WOM said: “The FLNG market continues to grow. We are pleased to be working with ABB and look forward to leveraging our complementary expertise to deliver more value for FLNG customers around the world. By combining our bespoke offerings, we believe we can increase productivity in greenfield developments and in doing so improve overall CAPEX efficiency.” The agreement will also utilize ABB’s unique project methodology, Adaptive Execution™, which offers customers complete visibility of their project, from start to finish, via a single, streamlined and centralized approach.

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Firmenich Moves to Majority Ownership of ArtSci to Capitalize on High-Growth Chinese Taste Market

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, announces that it has increased its equity stake in strategic partner ArtSci Biology Technologies (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd (“ArtSci”) moving to majority ownership, subject to registration by local authorities. ArtSci and Firmenich have been strategic partners since 2019, when Firmenich took a minority equity stake. This move will further strengthen Firmenich’s ability to serve the rapidly growing Chinese local market and extend its geographic reach across China. ArtSci will continue to operate as normal, with its management team remaining in place and fully committed to serving ArtSci customers. “Firmenich is committed to investing and growing in China following our decades’ long commitment to this key market,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich. “I am delighted to announce that we have moved to majority ownership of ArtSci in our established strategic partnership, which will open up new avenues of growth as we continue to combine ArtSci’s intimate understanding of Chinese customers, geographic reach and agility, with Firmenich’s innovation capabilities, consumer insights and unparalleled product quality.” “We are proud of the achievements of our strategic partnership with ArtSci, which combines their local expertise and agile business model with our industry-leading technology, creation and manufacturing,” said Paul Andersson, President, Firmenich China, “ArtSci is a dynamic and entrepreneurial company, and we are excited to move to the next phase of our partnership to better serve the rapidly growing Chinese market.”

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ABB Publishes Sustainability Report 2021

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

ABB has released its Sustainability Report 2021, outlining the achievements of the company under the four pillars of its ambitious 2030 sustainability strategy. “Sustainability is central to ABB’s company Purpose and to our ability to generate value for our stakeholders across the whole value chain,” said ABB CEO Björn Rosengren. “I am very pleased that in 2021 we got off to an excellent start in the pursuit of our ambitious targets we have set ourselves in our sustainability strategy 2030.” ABB has become one of the first companies in its industry to disclose the eligibility of its offerings in the European Union’s new classification system for sustainable economic activities, known as “EU taxonomy”. The goal of the EU taxonomy is to create a clear definition of what is “sustainable” in order to drive investment in economic activities that contribute to the EU’s climate and energy targets and that support the European Green Deal. In the past year, ABB made strong progress on its way towards reaching carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030 as it reduced its CO2 emissions by 39 percent, compared with the baseline year of 2019. ABB has committed to electrifying its entire vehicle fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles and sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. With Beijing (China), Porvoo (Finland) and Ede (Netherlands), three additional ABB Mission to Zero™ sites were onboarded in 2021, all of which are running ABB digital and smart energy management solutions, underpinning the Group’s commitment to lead by example when it comes to reducing emissions.

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Lonza Completes Lab Expansion at Chinese API Production Plant

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Lonza completed a laboratory expansion project at its API manufacturing facility in Nansha, China. The project, which grew the footprint of the lab by 250 square meters, included the addition of new analytical and manufacturing equipment and is expected to begin operations this month. The cost of the expansion wasn’t disclosed. The additions extend both capabilities and capacity of development laboratories and kilogram-scale production of highly potent APIs (HPAPIs), which have become a large part of Lonza’s small-molecule development pipeline fueled by increased demand, the company said.“With over 1,000 HPAPIs in development across multiple indications, there is a growing need for HPAPI development and manufacturing capacity from early-phase to commercial,” Jan Vertommen, an executive director for Lonza, said in a statement.

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Datwyler closed the acquisition of Yantai Xinhui Packing

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Datwyler closed the acquisition of Yantai Xinhui Packing announced on December 7, 2021, on March 1, 2022, thus becoming the owner of the Chinese company. This strategically important acquisition gives Datwyler direct access to the fast-growing healthcare market in China. China is the largest emerging market for pharmaceuticals. Datwyler expects the relevant healthcare market to grow by more than 10% annually in the coming years. Yantai Xinhui Packing has a modern plant with spare capacity for the production of elastomer components for healthcare applications. With some 170 employees, the company generates annual revenue of around CHF 15 million. With Yantai Xinhui Packing, Datwyler is acquiring an important local presence in China. This will enable Datwyler to play an active role in the Chinese healthcare market and to participate more strongly than before in its growth. Yantai Xinhui Packing brings a modern production plant, motivated employees, existing customer contacts and a well-established sales organization. Datwyler contributes its core competencies in solution design, material know-how and operational excellence as well as its global industry experience. Together, the two companies will create an optimal platform for local production and marketing of Datwyler’s product range for the Chinese healthcare market.

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ABB E-mobility Increases Majority Stake in Chinese EV Charging Provider Chargedot

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

ABB announced it has increased its majority stake in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) charging provider, Chargedot Shanghai New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (“Chargedot”) to 80 percent. ABB had previously acquired a 67 percent stake in Chargedot in March 2020. The additional investment is part of ABB E-mobility’s growth strategy and further strengthens ABB’s position in the rapidly growing Chinese e-mobility market. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. China recorded the highest number of EV sales globally in 2021 for the seventh consecutive year, with more than 3.5 million electric vehicles sold; a 1.6 fold increase on 20201. Frank Muehlon, President of ABB’s E-mobility division comments: “Since ABB’s acquisition in 2020 we have seen strong double-digit growth in the Chargedot business. ABB has helped deliver innovations in safe, smart and sustainable charging hardware and software solutions to the Chinese market, supporting leading companies such as SAIC, Xpeng and GAC Toyota. Looking ahead, Chinese demand for high-power charging solutions and export strategies for Chinese OEM’s are both showing significant growth. With this we see strong opportunities to leverage our global experience to further support our Chinese customers and increase market share.”

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Roche Accelerator Wins 2021 Award for Innovation in Social Governance

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Roche Accelerator was honored on Wednesday with the 2021 Award for Innovation in Social Governance, an accolade organized by Shanghai Daily under the guidance of the Information Office of Shanghai Municipality and Shanghai United Media Group. This award honors enterprises for outstanding contributions to economic growth and social governance through innovative practice in line with Shanghai’s ambition to build a “science and technology innovation center with global influence.” It also encourages multinational companies to explore new solutions to jointly bolster community development. The Swiss healthcare giant’s Roche Accelerator stood out to win the award from among 500 Chinese and foreign multinational corporations. The accelerator was officially launched in 2021 with the backing of government and strategic partners who invested nearly 300 million yuan (USD 47.3 million). As Roche’s first in-house accelerator worldwide, it aims to stimulate healthcare innovation in China and empower the local primary care ecosystem. It focuses on pharma, diagnostics, and personalized healthcare, including artificial intelligence (AI), digital solutions, and other frontier medical fields. Led by Roche R&D, it leverages the firm’s full-spectrum resources, ranging from early research and development to commercialization. It also works with partners to provide promising innovative startups with space, technology guidance, funding and operational support to reduce research risk, and foster scientific achievement.

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ABB and HASCO Create Joint Venture to Drive Smart Manufacturing in China’s Auto Industry

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Automation expert ABB and China’s leading automotive parts supplier, HASCO, announce the creation of a joint venture to drive the next generation of smart manufacturing in China’s automotive industry. The joint venture will build on the existing successful relationship between the two companies, leading to the crucial development of highly flexible and sustainable auto parts manufacturing within HASCO’s China-based operations. As the automotive industry’s transition towards electric vehicles gathers pace, parts manufacturers must increasingly invest in flexible facilities that can respond to rapidly changing demands and trends. The partnership between ABB Robotics and HASCO, which includes a 40% stake by ABB in the joint venture, will expand the use of smart technologies and artificial intelligence within the industry.  Both parties agreed not to disclose any further details about the investment.

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