The 5th ABB Cup National Automation Thesis Contest kicks off

Provides a platform for the exchange of ideas under the theme of “Growth and Energy Efficiency” to drive the development of China’s automation industry

Beijing, January 14, 2011 –ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently signed an agreement with the China Automation Association (CAA) in Beijing to jointly launch the 5th ABB Cup National Thesis Contest for Automation Engineers. The event, solely sponsored by ABB and organized by the CAA, is themed “Growth and Energy Efficiency,” aiming to help enterprises discover and manage the relationship between their business growth and energy efficiency improvement.

Robert Larsson, head of the ABB Discrete Automation and Motion Division, North Asia and China, said, “ABB has closely partnered with CAA and other authoritative institutions for many years and sponsored this industrial technology exchange event for 5 consecutive years. We hope this year’s contest will match the success of previous sessions in terms of outstanding thesis with far-sighted views and high feasibility. The research will accelerate the process of transformation of leading technology into productive forces so as to raise energy efficiency.”

Professor Wang Feiyue, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of the CAA, as well as a celebrated expert in intelligent control, added, “Research has shown that technical progress in energy efficiency is a major factor behind stable economic development and healthy business growth in a time of energy shortages. With a theme of ‘Growth and Energy Efficiency,’ this year’s contest will explore solutions for the healthy growth of individual enterprises and the overall economy, while raising conservation awareness among industry players and promoting the deployment and development of energy efficiency technologies.”

Faced with global economic development and increasing energy demands, the relationship between energy consumption and economic growth has become a critical focus, and the efficient energy supply is a decisive factor for future economic growth. In this context, the Chinese government has committed to improving energy efficiency in various industries, encouraging energy-intensify industries and enterprises to make progress in this regard through improvements in strategy, tactics, technology, and management. Some energy efficient equipment and solution providers and energy service companies already offer a complete range of products and technologies and have gained a wealth of experience. This year’s contest aims to leverage the know-how and practices of experts in the field through the solicited articles, and then further promote them in the industrial sector.

Target candidates include people engaged in R&D, design, engineering, execution, operations, maintenance, and training at automation enterprises and public institutions, engineers and faculty members specializing in automation, and IT experts at universities and research institutes. The deadline for submissions will be the end of September 2011, and the winners will be announced this December.

To further promote the contest and attract the extensive participation of industry talents, ABB and CAA will jointly develop a social media platform, including an event portal, a historical paper database, and an online review system. The partners will also promote the event through a variety of new media such as online forums, blogs, micro-blogs, video sharing, and social networking services.

Beginning in 2005, CAA has organized 4 sessions of the thesis contest with exclusive sponsorship from ABB. Over its history, 1,485 entries from more than 3,000 candidate authors have been collected, and 140 papers have been awarded prizes. 4 collections of the 300 or so most excellent papers have been published. The event has provided a useful platform for technical exchange and knowledge sharing in China’s automation sector.

ABB (www.abb.com) 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 117,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with almost 16,000 employees, 30 joint ventures and wholly owned companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 60 cities.

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