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Enics to Expand Manufacturing Site in Suzhou, China

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

In response to increased demand, Enics announces expansion of its manufacturing site in Suzhou, China. The high-volume electronics manufacturing site serves both Chinese and international customers. Electronics Manufacturing Service company Enics is announcing expansion of one of its largest manufacturing sites in Suzhou, China. “Responding to increased demand, we are expanding our floor space by 50%, to over 22.000 square meters total still within 2021. The expansion space, adjacent to Enics’ currents manufacturing site in Suzhou, will house both warehouse space, as well as new assembly lines and certain function testers” tells Enics’ Vice President, Asia Jane Liu. “This expansion to a ready-constructed space enables fast increase of our capacity and smooth integration with our already existing operations in Suzhou.” Enics manufacturing site in Suzhou provides high-volume electronics manufacturing with new product introduction (NPI) and testing development services to both Chinese, as well as international customers. The highly automated manufacturing site currently employs 500 people, and takes pride in its high performance in delivery, quality and cost-competitiveness.

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Kuehne+Nagel Cuts Carbon Footprint by 70% for Honda China

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from the supply chain of Honda’s China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel. The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018. KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.  “Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.  After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected to eradicate 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.

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ABB to Power Latest Electric Motor Products in China

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

ABB Motion, a business unit of the Swiss technology and engineering company ABB Group, plans to introduce more of its latest electric motor products in China to respond to the government’s call to pursue green and high-quality development, said its top executive. With China setting a target to combat climate change by speeding up reductions in emissions to reach carbon neutrality before 2060, measures to improve energy efficiency will play a vital role in helping industry and infrastructure to reduce their emissions, said Morten Wierod, president of ABB Motion. While mostly hidden from public view, electric motors are embedded in almost every built environment. They power a vast range of applications fundamental to modern life, he said. China has recognized the importance of efficient electric motors as a matter of policy, with a new national standard requiring motors to have a minimum efficiency level of IE3 coming into effect on June 1, 2021. “As one of the earliest countries to sign the Paris Agreement, China has made a strong commitment to address climate change,” said Morten Wierod, President of ABB Motion. “This latest legislation on electric motor efficiency is an important new step in driving down emissions.

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Interview: Swiss Engineering Giant ABB Ramps Up Robotics Business in China: Chairman

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

The chairman of Swiss technology and engineering firm ABB told Xinhua he was bullish about his company’s performance outlook for 2021 driven by its China business and strong push into robotics and e-mobility. “The first quarter (Q1) of this year was better than expected, both in revenue terms but also in profit terms,” Peter Voser told Xinhua on the side-lines of the 50th St. Gallen Symposium, a conference and student initiative taking place at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland in May every year. ABB, headquartered in Zurich, is a global technology and robotics leader with some 110,000 employees worldwide. In Q1, the company reported a 34% year-on-year jump in its net profit to 502 million U.S. dollars and expects orders and revenues to grow by more than 10 percent during the second quarter. “So all in all, I think a positive outlook for the second quarter, and then for the rest of the year. But there we haven’t given any numeric targets at this stage, but we are more positive than we used to be at the beginning of the year,” he said in the interview. China is ABB’s second largest market worldwide. Headquartered in Beijing, the company has around 15,000 employees in the country. Voser said the group’s China strategy is focused on an “in China, for China and the world” approach, which entails improving its local research and development (R&D) and innovation capabilities. “We are continuously investing in China,” Voser said. “Our biggest project at the moment is the new robot factory, which is also an R&D center and an automation artificial intelligence (AI) center for robotics, so it’s the value chain in which we are investing now.”

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ABB Sees China Leading Higher Energy Efficiency Standard

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

As China aims to grow its economy by over 6% in 2021, global industrial companies are pinning more hopes on the country’s market to shore up their competitiveness. Among them is ABB Ltd., a Swiss power and automation company. Implementing an “in China, for China and the world” strategy, the firm has put China in the front and center of innovation over the past decade. ABB believes China will reach its 2060 carbon neutrality goal by taking the innovation and technology route. CGTN’s Michael Wang spoke with Morten Wierod, president of motion business at ABB, on the changes he has witnessed and the outlook for China’s industrial landscape. Morten Wierod stated “Overall we’re doing very well in the Chinese market, not only as ABB, but also as moreover motion business, with a good growth in the forth quarter more than 20 percent for the overall business. So, there we see that the trend of higher energy efficiency and the need for productivity. This is driving our business and makes us very optimistic about the future, as we see great growth potential in China for this industry in the general, and for ABB in special.”

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ABB Plans to Tap Demand for Smart Manufacturing and Infrastructure

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

With China aiming to achieve carbon neutral by 2060 and further improve the production efficiency in its manufacturing sector, ABB Group, the Swiss industrial conglomerate, plans to seize more market share as the country demand for smart urban infrastructure and digital electrical solutions will continue to rise during its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period. China’s drive toward high-tech, sustainable cities, transportation, energy supply goes hand in hand with ABB business model and the company is playing a key part in the tangible growth of the Belt and Road Initiative, said Morten Wierod, president of ABB Motion. “Industrial energy efficiency, more than any other challenge, has the single greatest capacity for combating the climate emergency. It is essentially the world’s invisible climate solution,” said Wierod. “By far the biggest impact we can have in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is through our technologies, which reduce energy use in industry, buildings and transport – sectors that together account for nearly three-quarters of global energy consumption,” he said.

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Bühler Weathers Challenging Year

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Bühler on February 13 reported EBIT of CHF 146 million (USD 163.6 million) for 2020 compared to CHF 248 million a year ago. Turnover was CHF 2.7 billion, down 17.0% from CHF 3.3 billion. The 2020 figures are impacted by the development of currency exchange rates, specifically of the Chinese yuan, euro, and US dollar against the Swiss franc. The Group gained financial strength, with equity ratio reaching 44.2% (+1.4 percentage points) and net liquidity soaring to CHF 749 million (+66.8%). Turnover was CHF 2.7 billion (-17.0%), with order intake amounting to CHF 2.6 billion (-16.7%). Along with the divergent course of Bühler’s businesses, there was also a shift in regional development towards Asia. While all markets reported lower volumes, Bühler Asia managed to be stable driven by the strong growth of Bühler’s business in China. Order intake in China rose sharply by 15% for the full year. Regarding turnover, Asia now makes up 35% (previous year: 31%), Europe 30% (30%), North America 16% (16%), Middle East & Africa 11% (14%), South America 5% (6%), and South Asia 3% (3%). Despite the challenging environment, Bühler continued to execute its innovation roadmap, launching 86 new products and solutions.

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SenseTime, Schindler Team Up to Create Escalator Safety System

by swisschambei in Engineering / Manufacturing

Artificial intelligence expert SenseTime has entered into a strategic partnership in Shanghai with Swiss elevator leader Schindler to develop an escalator safety intelligent response system. The pair vowed to use AI to detect and manage prospective safety risks or concerns embedded in elevator systems while ensuring operational efficacy at the same time. Leveraging multiple AI technologies by SenseTime from object detection and behavioral recognition to density analysis, the system is designed to voice security alarms upon entrances of escalators to those with bulky luggage or wheelchairs, or alert of over-density in a certain space to prevent the occurrence of stampede accidents, the company said in a press release. Also, when no passenger approaches the escalator zone, the system can inform staff members to halt operations by remote so as to trim operational costs.

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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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