Using smart technology to accomplish industrial upgrading

ABB continues to expand its footprint in China
6th annual "ABB Automation World" held in Guangzhou

Guangzhou, May 15, 2014—How can smart technologies provide clean energy and reduce environmental pollution? How can intelligent manufacturing and production technologies help domestic customers increase production efficiency, improve product quality, enhance corporate competitiveness and accomplish the sustainable flow of people and goods? How can people use intelligent building technologies to create cozy and environmentally-friendly working, recreational and living spaces? A great number of ABB automation technologies and solutions have helped domestic utilities, industrial, transportation and infrastructure customers pursue intelligent industrial upgrading in a sustainable way.

The 6th annual "ABB Automation World" kicked off in Guangzhou on May 15 and presented domestic customers with globally leading automation technologies and solutions. Under the theme of "Smart Technology, Intelligent Upgrading", the two-day event included thematic forums, industrial forums, exhibitions and over 100 technical lectures. The latest product trends, application case studies and other industrial knowledge were shared with attendees, attracting thousands of guests from government, academia and various industries.

195Dr. Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB Group
ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said, "We believe that our strategy is fully in line with the needs of the market and of our Chinese customers. With market penetration, we make more of our portfolio available to existing customers for instance by localizing products and solutions to better suit their needs. With innovation, we continuously develop new technologies and solutions for the benefit of our customers. With expansion, we enter new markets and segments, bringing technologies and solutions to customers that previously did not have access to such technologies."

After over 30 years of rapid development, China's economy has come under heavy pressure in terms of resources, environment and sustainable development. Energy efficiency, industrial transformation and upgrading, and urbanization have become new economic drivers. In this situation, ABB’s many leading smart technologies come in handy, fully serving our customers and working together with them to achieve intelligent upgrading.

In the power field represented by high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, ABB has taken an active part in the construction of a strong smart grid that can efficiently and reliably transfer clean energy from western China to load centers in the east, thus addressing local power demand and substantially reducing the emission of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. ABB has been involved in 19 of 24 domestic HVDC projects. Compared to coal power, clean energy transferred by these projects can reduce carbon dioxide by 320 million tons each year, equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by a forest half the size of Beijing; compared to AC transmission of the same voltage, the power saved annually with HVDC transmission can meet the electricity needs of 5 million families.
195Dr. Chunyuan Gu, Senior Vice President of ABB Group, Head of ABB North Asia Region and China

ABB's renowned Symphony Plus automated management system has helped power plant customers accomplish safe, reliable and efficient power production and management. 6,500 Symphony systems have been operating worldwide to date, making it one of the most widely installed power plant automated management systems in the world.

In the industrial field, ABB's smart production and manufacturing technologies have helped many customers increase their efficiency in production and resource utilization to achieve intelligent upgrading. Using industrial robots is a major way to accomplish industrial transformation and upgrading. At the event, ABB demonstrated various applications of its robots in fields such as stamping, spraying, packaging, assembling and laser printing. 80 percent of ABB's robot models and 90 percent of its robots sold in China have been localized, thus making ABB the only multinational to localize the whole value chain for robotics including R&D, production, sales, engineering and service in China.

195Liu Zhigeng, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province
At the 6th annual ABB Automation World, customers can see the substantial economic and environmental benefits made possible by applying ABB's automation control solutions and products in areas such as lifting equipment and port machinery, power plants and power stations, petrochemical plants, rail transit, sewage plants, packaging machinery production lines, solar power stations and wind farms.

In the fields of transportation and infrastructure, ABB's smart technologies have played an irreplaceable role. At Auto China 2014, Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) presented its first electric vehicle—DENZA. With a range of over 200 kilometers, it is among the first group of high-range electric vehicles in China. In strategic cooperation with BDNT, ABB provides DC fast charging technology and products to develop domestic DC fast charging solutions together.

By late 2013, 10,000 kilometers of high-speed passenger railways had been built around the country, and the total operating mileage of 80 urban rail lines in 19 cities reached 2,400 kilometers. On every high-speed rail line in operation and along rail lines in every city, ABB's comprehensive smart technologies and solutions for infrastructure and power systems are protecting people's safety and facilitating their daily travel.

For intelligent buildings, data centers and other infrastructure, ABB not only has integrated solutions for electrical connections, system control, power management, and smart home, but also has a dedicated solutions especially designed for supplying power to computer rooms, data center rooms and IT equipment—the MNS series cabinets. The solution has helped banks, high-tech parks and key data centers accomplish stable, safe and reliable power distribution.
195Wang Yiyang, Director of Development Research Center of Guangdong Province

"ABB Automation World" has been hosted successfully in Shanghai and Beijing for five consecutive years under the themes of "Innovation and Resource Efficiency", "Intelligent Technology and Energy Efficiency", "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy", "Industrial Upgrading and Service" and "Increasing Industrial Efficiency through Innovative Technology".

With the rapid development of China's economy, energy, material and labor cost have been increasing. Optimizing business concept and accomplishing transformation and upgrading has become a problem for Chinese enterprises who are pressing for solutions. The phenomenon is particularly prominent among enterprises in the Pearl River Delta. To better satisfy customer demand and help customers with transformation and upgrading, "ABB Automation World" moved to Guangzhou to demonstrate ABB's leading technologies and concepts and achieve win-win with customers in the Pearl River Delta.

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 150,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 37 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 109 cities.

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