ABB Robotics expert honored as Automation Person of Year

Dr. Chunyuan Gu honored for actively driving local innovation and R&D of ABB robotic technology in China

Beijing, April 18, 2011 –Dr. Chunyuan Gu, head of the robotics business unit of ABB China, was honored here on April 15th as “Person of the Year in China’s Automation Field” at the annual “China Automation Industry Trans-century Initiative Conference” held by the Chinese Association of Automation, the industrial magazine Automation Panorama and the key trade portal

Dr.Gu said, “It is a great privilege to receive this honor from China’s automation industry. It is not only a personal recognition, but also demonstrates the industry acknowledgement of ABB’s contribution to delivering robotic innovation in the automation field in China. ABB is a global leader in robotics and is strongly committed to introducing and localizing advanced robotic technology in China. We hope to leverage ABB’s technology strength, as well as our industry expertise to help customers in a variety of industries to improve productivity while achieving energy efficiency.”

Dr.Gu holds an Engineering Doctor degree from the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden. After joining ABB Group in 1989, he has dedicated himself to automation and robotic technology research and management for 22 years. Gu is the former President of the ABB Robotics Global R&D Center and Vice President for Global Technology of ABB Robot Automation. Since 2010, Gu has served as Head of the Robotics business unit of ABB China. He is fully responsible for developing ABB’s robotics business in China. As one of the founders of ABB China’s Robotics R&D team, he helped transform the team to grow 10 times bigger from 2005 to 2010.

In 2009, Gu led the China R&D team as they successfully developed the company’s first core robotic product in China, ABB’ smallest robot, the IRB 120. This achievement marks a milestone in the transition from “made in China” to “Invented in China”. The locally developed robotic technology and products have been exported to ABB global markets.

ABB established its third global robotics research facility in China in 2005, following those in Sweden and Norway. ABB China robotics R&D team has achieved a great number of results and awards, including 14 patents and more than 30 published theses. In addition, the R&D facility has established a long-term partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tsinghua University, Harbin Institute of Technology, and other top Chinese universities to boost local innovation through joint efforts.

Today, Shanghai has become ABB Group’s only global production base for painting robots and the key industrial robot production base worldwide. ABB also inaugurated China’s first robotic automotive full car body painting laboratory in 2010. In addition, Shanghai is also home to 3 Global Technology Centers of ABB Group specialized in arc welding, body-in-white, and powertrain technology .

“China Automation Industry Trans-century Initiative Conference” has been held for 6 consecutive years, with the aim of acknowledging the people and enterprises making the most signification contributions to the development of China’s automation industry in the past year.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 124,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 16,300 employees, 30 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 80 cities.

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