Beijing, November 25, 2015 -- The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) announced today it has elected Dr. Chunyuan Gu, Senior Vice President of ABB Group and Chairman and President of ABB China, as a new member, in recognition of his achievements in engineering science.
Founded in 1919, IVA is the world’s first engineering science academy. The academy comprises around 1,300 fellows with 12 divisions that focus on various areas of engineering and economics. Dr. Gu was among the 15 new members elected at IVA’s General Meeting on November 19.
Dr. Gu said: “It’s a great honor for me to be chosen as a new IVA fellow. Not only is it the international academic community’s recognition of my personal achievements in engineering science, but more importantly, it’s an affirmation of ABB’s deep involvement and localization strategy in the China market. With this honor, my colleagues at ABB and I will continue to contribute to a better world with more and better power and automation technologies.”
Born in 1958, Dr. Gu holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, and a PhD in engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where he has also worked as a research fellow.
Dr. Gu, an internationally recognized expert in industrial robotics and industrial automation, has held several technology and management roles in ABB group’s robotics business since he joined the company in 1989. In China, Dr. Gu has led the local R&D team to develop ABB’s smallest robot Dragon IRB 120, on the back of years of R&D experience and deep understanding of local customer demands, in a landmark move that marked a major step forward in ABB China’s transition from “made in China” to “designed in China”.
Committed to the localization of ABB business in China, Dr. Gu has continuously improved local R&D and innovation capabilities through constant investment and footprint optimization. Several ABB global business centers, such as the robotic car body painting lab and the power train assembly center, have been settled in China, supporting ABB’s global business and contributing to the development of China’s high-end equipment manufacturing sector.
In early 2014, Dr. Gu took over as head of ABB North Asia and China, becoming the first ethnic Chinese to assume the key position. In the face of rising environmental and energy pressure in China and government targets in economic restructuring and industrial upgrading, Dr. Gu put forward the “Smart Technology, Intelligent Upgrading” strategy, advocating using innovative technologies to solve constraints in energy, human capital, space and funding, so as to reduce energy consumption, enhance productivity and product quality while lowering environmental impact. At present, 90% of ABB’s sales revenue in China is generated from locally produced products, services and solutions, and ABB’s accumulative investment in the country has exceeded $1.9 billion.
ABB has become a widely recognized enterprise in China. ABB was selected as one of the “2014 China 100 Best Employers of College Graduates” by the Ministry of Education and the only company to win “Best Employers of the Industry” in the power sector. ABB China was chosen as one of the “Top 10 Innovative Multinational Companies of 2014” in China by Global Science.
In September 2014, Dr. Gu was awarded the Shanghai Magnolia Award by the Shanghai government for his contributions to the city’s economic and social development as well as international exchange and cooperation. In April 2014, Dr. Gu was selected as one of 16 “Pudong Annual Economic Figures”, receiving the International Vision Award.
ABB is a Global 500 company and a leader in power and automation technologies. They enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 39 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 126 cities.
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