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Award Winner Takes the City to New Heights

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Daryoush Ziai, CEO of Jiading-based Schindler (China) Elevator Co, shares the honor of his Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award with his wife at the presentation ceremony. Having lived in China for 10 years, Iranian-American Daryoush Ziai really is a China hand. Chinese-style decorations on his desk include bamboo-carving art, duplicates of terra-cotta warriors and chinaware. Bamboo bonsai are planted inside the building, while the meeting rooms are adorned in traditional Chinese style. Last month, Ziai won the Magnolia Silver Award for his contributions to the elevator industry in Shanghai. He said the medal was a recognition not only for himself, but also for the leap in development of Jiading-based company Schindler (China) Elevator Co. Schindler Group, a Swiss company with a 140-year history, launched its largest research center in Jiading in 2016 and, after that, two more factories moved from Suzhou in neighboring Jiangsu Province to the district, both of which have been running on solar power since last year. The company’s goal is to provide high-technology and high-quality elevators for companies and consumers. “The annual production of elevators keeps increasing. We were also involved in the recent key project in Shanghai to install elevators in old residential houses, aiming to provide a more convenient way of life for residents,” said Ziai.

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ABB to Make More Industrial Robots in China

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

ABB Ltd, the Switzerland-based technology company, will produce more industrial and service robots in China that can be used in the new energy vehicle, 5G, consumer electronics and healthcare sectors in the post-pandemic era, according to a senior executive. “COVID-19 is the single greatest catalyst for change in the industry in a generation, forcing our customers to reassess their priorities, but the global lockdown itself has not started any new trends on its own,” said Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s robotics and discrete automation business. He said the pandemic has accelerated four megatrends that will fundamentally change the face of manufacturing in the long term-the individualized consumer, labor shortages, uncertainty and digitalization. “China’s ‘new infrastructure’ initiative presents exciting opportunities for global companies. It is clear that many of our customers in different sectors need to enhance their manufacturing capability, such as new energy vehicles, railway, 5G equipment, logistics and healthcare,” said Atiya, who is also a member of ABB’s group executive committee.

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SIKA Expands Mortar Production in China

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

With the commissioning of a new production facility in Chengdu, Sika has further expanded its capacity in the rapidly growing mortar market in China. In addition to profiting from the strong demand, Sika can also benefit from the launch of new products and the expansion of the distributor network offering Sika solutions directly to craftsmen and DIY customers. Mike Campion, Regional Manager Asia/Pacific: “The expanded mortar production in China enables us to address our customers’ needs on an even more targeted basis. With a population of 15 million people, Chengdu is one of the most important economic urban centers in Western China. Here we see a growing demand for Sika’s Building Finishing solutions due to large investments in the construction sector. The strong business trend following the corona-related lockdown shows that we are on the right track: our mortar sales have increased significantly this year despite the crisis. We will continue to expand the business and bring two additional plants onstream in the growing Chinese market over the next eighteen months.”

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Schindler: 40 Years of Vertical Urban Mobility in China

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Schindler was the first western industrial to sign a joint venture in China in March 1980. This year, Schindler China celebrates its 40 years anniversary. The history of Schindler in China is a success story with many great achievements over a timespan of four decades. Tall buildings and their need for elevators and escalators in China were still an exception in the predominantly low-rise urban landscape of the late 1970s. However, elevators quickly started supporting a boom in skyscrapers. Today, supertall buildings such as the PingAn Finance Center in Shenzhen (660m), the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong (484m), or the Qingdao Center in Qingdao (245m) are part of the skyline of every large Chinese city. We are looking back to 40 successful but challenging years. But, what will the next 40 years for Schindler in China look like and what megatrends will drive the elevator business in its biggest market?

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Swiss Home Appliance Company to Open More Stores in China

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

V-ZUG, the Swiss manufacturer of household appliances, plans to open more stores in both top- and second-tier cites in China, and will introduce new digitalization of related products into the country’s lucrative market for the long term. Many opportunities arise from Chinese consumers’ growing demand for high-end home appliances, such as ovens, high-efficiency stoves and fabric-care appliances, as well as the evolution of consumer needs, from purchasing expensive products to customized solutions, said Jennifer Bao, managing director of V-ZUG (China). She said China is a market with attractive potential. According to statistics, high-end goods are bought by more than 400 million middle- and high-income residents in the country and the number will continuously grow. Being the second-largest market after Switzerland globally, V-ZUG currently has 60 sales outlets in 21 cities across China.

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Chinese Progeny of Swiss Agrotech Giant Syngenta Launches after Restructure

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Agrochemical giant Syngenta Group Co. Ltd. has officially debuted as part of China’s government-led mega-merger of two dominant state-owned chemical companies ahead of a possible IPO in China by mid-2022. The newly formed company Syngenta, which was registered last year, evolved from the Swiss pesticide producer that China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) acquired in 2017 and took in agricultural assets from ChemChina and Sinochem Group. In a statement announcing its launch Thursday, Syngenta said its first-quarter revenue was USD 6.3 billion, of which about a quarter was generated in China. The company last year surpassed Bayer AG to become the biggest agrochemical company in the world, racking up USD 23.2 billion in revenue. ChemChina acquired Syngenta AG, the predecessor of the newly launched company, for USD 43 billion in 2017 in the largest ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm. As part of efforts to reduce ChemChina’s debt after the takeover, it has been working through a merger with state-owned rival Sinochem. In January, the two Chinese state-owned chemical giants announced they would consolidate their agriculture chemical assets into the newly formed Syngenta Group as part of their ongoing restructuring plan.

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ABB Sees China Among Top Options for Foreign Investment

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Swiss industrial giant ABB established its first manufacturing joint venture in China in 1992. Since then, it has invested more than 2.4 billion U.S. dollars in the country. Zhang Zhiqiang, managing director of ABB China told CGTN that the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t shaken up the company’s confidence in China, and it will continue its investment. Zhang said that China is among the most favorable markets for foreign investment. He revealed that China serves as ABB’s second biggest market, where more than 90 percent of sales come from local production. Zhang talks about the Foreign Investment Law, and elaborates on ABB’s take on industrial chain restructuring in the post-epidemic era in the interview.

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ABB Acquires Chinese EV Charging Network Chargedot

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Swiss-Swedish multinational ABB has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in Chinese e-mobility solution provider Chargedot Shanghai New Energy Technology, which provides AC and DC charging stations and the software platform to EV manufacturers, charging network operators, and real estate developers. ABB announced the pending Chargedot acquisition back in late-October, a move which ABB hopes will strengthen its relationship with leading Chinese EV manufacturers as well as helping to broaden the company’s e-mobility portfolio with hardware and software developed specifically for local requirements. ABB already offers solutions from grid distribution to charging points for electric vehicles as well as for the electrification of ships, railways, trams, buses, and cable cars. Acquiring Chargedot and its 205 employees will help broaden the company’s already expansive geographic footprint.

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Oerlikon Wins Three Large Manmade Fibers Orders in China with a Total Value of More Than CHF 600 Million

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Oerlikon has received new large orders for manmade fibers production solutions from three of the world’s leading manmade fibers manufacturers. All three companies are based in China and have been key customers of Oerlikon for many years. The orders are for Oerlikon Barmag’s world leading filament-spinning technology for the highly efficient production of polyester fibers. The three projects have a total value of more than 600 million Swiss francs ($625 million). A very small proportion of these projects will be recognized in Oerlikon Group’s order intake in 2020, and the majority will be accounted for in 2021 and 2022. On-site delivery and installation of these systems is planned for the period from 2021 to early 2023. The systems business in China remains largely unchanged despite the short-term interruption caused by the coronavirus epidemic following the Chinese New Year celebrations. Long-term project planning for major customers in the manmade fibers industry has resulted in new major orders being placed with Oerlikon Barmag.

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China Approves Use of Roche Drug in Battle Against Coronavirus Complications

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China has approved the use of Swiss drugmaker Roche’s anti-inflammation drug Actemra for patients who develop severe complications from the coronavirus as it urgently hunts for new ways to combat the deadly infection that is spreading worldwide. China is hoping that some older drugs could stop severe cytokine release syndrome (CRS), or cytokine storms, an overreaction of the immune system which is considered a major factor behind catastrophic organ failure and death in some coronavirus patients. Actemra, a biologic drug approved in 2010 in the United States for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), inhibits high Interleukin 6 (IL-6) protein levels that drive some inflammatory diseases. China’s National Health Commission said in treatment guidelines published online that Actemra can now be used to treat coronavirus patients with serious lung damage and high IL-6 levels.

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