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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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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

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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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