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Smart manufacturing fuels Wuxi's auto parts industry

Updated : 2017-01-13
(chinadaily.com.cn)

Wuxi's Huishan district passed a milestone in its endeavors to promote the smart manufacturing industry on Jan 9, as the newly-established intelligent manufacturing company Wuxi CRRC Intelligent Equipment Company unveiled its new headquarters and R&D center in the district.

President of CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Ding Rongjun (left) and Dean of the Engineering College of HUST Ding Han (right) take part in a launch ceremony for a smart manufacturing R&D center based in Wuxi's Huishan district on Jan 9. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Set up by Chinese rail technology company CRRC Zhuzhou Institute and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)–Wuxi Research Institute, the new company will focus on advanced technology for polishing and spraying parts for the auto, rail, aerospace and shipping industries.

Wuxi city's highest official, Li Xiaomin attended the launch ceremony for the project, where he met with various project leaders including Lu Gang, Party secretary of HUST, Ding Rongjun, president of CRRC Zhuzhou Institute and member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Ding Han, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The 150-million-yuan ($22-million) project is expected to help boost the competitiveness of the local auto parts industry, which is a major industry in Huishan.

The newly-founded company will help greatly enhance the manufacturing efficiency and precision of auto parts, and aims to become a leading force in its field, according to CRRC Zhuzhou Institute.

An order procurement signing ceremony is held between the newly-founded Wuxi CRRC Intelligent Equipment Company and its business partners on Jan 9. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The dean of HUST's engineering college, Ding Han said he was pleased with the contribution that the school's Wuxi-based branch institute has made after three years' hard work.

"The auto parts industry is one of the pillar industries in Wuxi's Huishan district, and we are glad to have managed to develop a type of automatic drill robot with only 300,000 yuan R&D cost, which can help solve many troublesome craft technique problems," said Ding.

The opening of the new project is also a sign that Huishan district's efforts to promote the smart manufacturing industry are paying off.

Launch ceremony attendees are shown around the newly-founded smart manufacturing R&D center and Wuxi CRRC Intelligent Equipment Company on Jan 9. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Formerly known as a traditional industrial center, the district has put in place several forward-thinking initiatives to make smart manufacturing a new economic growth point, setting up Jiangsu province's first smart manufacturing service association and becoming the first place in China to release a set of local standards for the smart manufacturing industry.

The district plans to focus on the development of smart logistics, smart factories and industrial robots during the next phase of its development.

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