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ABB Appoints Claudio Facchin as Executive Committee Member Responsible for Power Systems

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

ABB has appointed Claudio Facchin as Executive Committee member responsible for the Power Systems division, effective Dec. 1, 2013. He succeeds Brice Koch, who will leave ABB on Jan. 15, 2014 after an orderly transition, as previously announced. For the past four years, Facchin has led ABB’s business activities in the major markets China, Japan and South Korea as Chairman and President, North Asia. During this time, he delivered solid profitable growth by penetrating existing and new customer segments, and developing products tailored to local market needs. He has been instrumental in successfully growing ABB’s service business and leading collaboration across ABB’s entire portfolio in this important growth region. A successor for his role in Asia will be announced in due course.

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Virtuarch Celebrates its 10th Anniversary in China

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

Virtuarch Architecture Design Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. celebrated its 10th anniversary as a wholly foreign owned company in China on 11 September 2013. Mr. Daniel Heusser, General Manager of Virtuarch Shanghai kicked off this fabulous event with his opening speech in Minsheng Art Museum. Two distinguished guest speakers, Mr. Heinrich Schellenberg, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, and Mr. Dieter Voegtli, President of Buehler China, addressed about 200 guests and employees to congratulate Virtuarch to the successful 10 years of business activities as a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise in China. Mr. Heusser recalled his vision to form a company able to be in charge of projects in the same way that a Swiss architecture office in its classical sense would do; being a good partner to its Clients, assisting them in the preparation of their projects, doing the concept design, then later detailing the project and finally have it built in quality, budget and on schedule.

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Merck Serono to Set up New Factory in Nantong

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

Merck Serono is a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Merck Serono plans to inject RMB 650 million (USD 107 million) to set up a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Nantong, Jiangsu province, to produce medicine to treat diabetes, cardiovascular and thyroid disorders. The new facility will cover an area of 40,000 square meters, with a possible 20,000 m2 extension. The construction of the site is scheduled to start in 2014 before completion in 2016, with commercial production set for 2017. Meanwhile, the factory will become the second-largest of Merck’s global pharmaceutical manufacturing sites.

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Beijing Agie Charmilles Industrial Electronics Celebrated its 20th Anniversary

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

On October 25, Beijing Agie Charmilles Industrial Electronics Co., Ltd. (BAC) celebrated its 20th Anniversary. BAC has grown 20 years since Georg Fischer (GF) group entered China in 1993. BAC is a hi-tech EDM enterprise located in Shunyi Beijing, which is the only EDM R&D and production base of GFAC group outside Europe. It is the first Sino-foreign joint venture enterprise of the Chinese machine tool manufacturing industry. GF Agie Charmilles is regarded as one of the global references for excellence in precision machining. During the BAC’s 20th anniversary celebrations, GF Agie Charmilles took the opportunity to also introduce its new product: the CNC EDM machine incorporating its most advanced manufacturing technology. SwissCham wishes GF Agie Charmilles a Happy 20th Anniversary!

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ABB CEO advocates Smart Technology Intelligent Upgrading at IBLAC

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB’ new CEO strongly advocated smart technology for intelligent upgrading for China’s next level of urbanization and industrialization at the 25th International Business Leaders Advisory Council in Shanghai, in his report “Building on Shanghai’s industrial and city strengths. “It has been fascinating to witness the evolution of Shanghai over the past 30 years. ABB feels honoured and privileged to be able to contribute to this historic transformation. These are essential elements required for the city to remain competitive in a globalized economy and to help promote innovation-driven development through the expansion of service and high-end manufacturing industries. Smart technologies are the best way to realize intelligent upgrading to the next-level intelligent infrastructure and industry, supporting Shanghai to maintain its competitiveness,” said Spiesshofer.

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Roche Boosted by Strong Drug Sales in US and China

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

The Swiss group on Thursday posted an 8% rise in third-quarter sales in local currencies – or 2.7% in Swiss francs, after adverse foreign exchange moves – helped by strong uptake of two new breast cancer drugs. The world’s largest maker of cancer drugs chalked up growth of 12% in the United States in the first nine months of the year and said it had seen continued strong growth in China, where sales were up 23%. This contrasts with the problems faced by other multinational drugmakers in China where an anti-bribery drive has hit promotional activities and sales. Many Chinese doctors have refused to see drug representatives for fear of being caught up in the widening scandal. The impact is expected to be felt most severely at GlaxoSmithKline, the company at the center of bribery allegations, which reports results on October 23. But Roche’s specialized cancer drugs, which are generally paid for privately in China, have escaped largely unscathed.

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ABB Supports China’s First 100% Low-floor Light Rail Vehicle Exports

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that it has provided leading traction systems for the five 100% low-floor light rail vehicles that CNR Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company (TRC) manufactured for Samsun, Turkey. These were the first 100% low-floor light rail vehicles to be exported by a Chinese car manufacturer. A low-floor light rail vehicle features a number of advantages, including low cost and flexible construction and low noise, offering an environmentally friendly, fast, and convenient passenger experience. Meanwhile, with a maximum capacity that is 6-8 times that of a bus, a low-floor light rail tram is recognized as not only a new vehicle for city tourism, but also a promising way to address urban traffic problems. Light rail vehicle tracks can be built on existing roads and the construction cost will be 1/4 to 1/3 that of metro lines. It is regarded as an advanced and green transport system. For the deal, ABB provided complete traction system solutions, including traction converters, train control&monitoring systems (TCMS), and traction motors. The traction system converts grid power to propulsion power and to auxiliary power for onboard equipment, and is recognized as a core technology for railway trains.

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Chinese Adults Shun Hearing Aids, Figures Show

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

Only one in 10 adults in China with hearing difficulties use devices to help them, while no more than 50% of children use hearing aids. These statistics were released at Care and Rehabilitation Expo China 2013 in Beijing. Nearly 300 companies and service centers from China and 16 overseas countries took part in the Expo. Albert Lim, vice-president wholesale Asia-Pacific of Sonova, a Swiss company specializing in hearing and wireless systems, said more children with hearing difficulties should use high-quality devices, as they will help them to learn speech more easily. “These high-tech devices are more widely used in developed countries, because of stronger awareness to have a better quality of life, and the support from medical insurance,” Lim said.

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How Logitech Protects Its Manufacturing Secrets in China

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

Electronics makers have had to make a difficult choice: Farm out their manufacturing to China, where operations are usually cheaper and more efficient but more vulnerable to trade-secret theft, or try to do it themselves. Logitech International, which makes gadget accessories, does both. “We make everything in China,” Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell said on Bloomberg TV. “About half of what we sell, we make, and half of what we sell, we source from somebody else. It’s an interesting strategy. It’s really worked for us over time.” For example, Logitech built its UE Boom portable speaker at its own factories in China instead of using a contractor in order to keep the product under wraps, Darrell said. Logitech co-founder Daniel Borel concocted many of the secret manufacturing processes that the company still uses today, Darrell told in an interview in San Francisco earlier this year. Over time, Borel relocated manufacturing for the Switzerland-based company from Ireland to Taiwan and eventually to China, today’s global factory, according to the company.

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ABB Shares Ideas on Smart City Development in Chongqing

by swisscham in Engineering, Manufacturing

Bernhard Jucker, Head of Power Products division and Executive Vice President of ABB, shared his insights on ‘smart’ city development at the Chongqing Mayor’s 8th International Economic Advisory Council forum with a report entitled “A global perspective: Intelligent power solutions for the next generation of cities”. “Urbanization is a global megatrend that is transforming societies,” said Jucker at the forum, which focused on Opportunities and Challenges of urban development. “The integration of smart technologies in infrastructure development presents an opportunity for Chongqing to continue on its impressive growth path and at the same time create a strong foundation for a sustainable urban future.” Chongqing is a growth engine in the development of western China and an important business region for ABB. The company has a number of strategic investments in the city, including production bases, a significant engineering and R&D presence and an extensive sales and service network.

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