ABB China President Chunyuan Gu Receives Shanghai Magnolia Gold Award

Shanghai, September 28, 2016

Dr. Chunyuan Gu, Chairman and President of ABB (China) Limited, today received the 2016 Magnolia Gold Award from the Shanghai government. At the award ceremony, Yang Xiong, Mayor of Shanghai, granted certificates to 10 award winners, including Dr. Chunyuan Gu, to recognize their outstanding contributions to Shanghai’s economic construction, social development and international exchange.

Dr. Gu is a globally recognized expert in industrial robotics and automation, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). He has been working at ABB China since 2006, making Shanghai one of the most important bases of ABB in China and the world in R&D, manufacturing, engineering and service.

Dr. Chunyuan Gu said, "It is my great honor to receive such recognition from the Shanghai government again after winning the Magnolia Award in 2014. It is not just an individual honor, but a group honor to recognize ABB’s efforts in promoting the economic construction and social development of Shanghai. We will continue to make our contribution to Shanghai’s social and economic development, scientific and technical innovation, as well as international exchanges with our expertise in power and automation."

Dr. Gu held several technology and management positions in ABB group’s robotics business since he joined the company in 1989. After returning to Shanghai from Europe in 2006, he set up ABB’s local robotics R&D team and led the team to successfully develop ABB’s smallest multi-purpose robot IRB120, which was a milestone leap forward from “Made in China” to “Designed in China”. This also introduced local robotics products and technologies from China to the world.

ABB China’s R&D team has developed seven world-leading industrial robots, including its first dual-arm robot YuMi, and several controllers. ABB’s global Robot Manufacturing Base at Kangqiao, Shanghai, has become a key robot base in R&D, manufacturing and application in China, with a cumulative output of more than 50,000 units of robots. With its complete industrial robot value chain, ABB supports Shanghai in becoming a robot hub in China and an innovation center for science and technology with global influence.

As the head of ABB China, Dr. Gu pays close attention to the construction of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, and set up ABB Shanghai Free Trade Zone Industrial Co., Ltd. in September 2014 to bring in ABB’s experience in international trade and finance management. He promotes deep cooperation between ABB and Shanghai enterprises like Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (ZPMC), helping them to accelerate the pace of going global. Dr. Gu also proactively fulfills ABB’s corporate social responsibilities and supports the talent cultivation in Shanghai by donations and multi-win cooperation between enterprises, universities and research institutions.

As a member of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council (IBLAC), the CEO of ABB Group submits advisory reports to the mayor of Shanghai every year. In recent years, Dr. Gu has participated in the preparation of these reports and contributed suggestions for the sustainable development of Shanghai based on ABB’s successful cases around the world. He has also shared ideas on global trend in manufacturing under IoTSP (Internet of Things, Services and People) through CEIBS’ Master Forum and industry forums to support Shanghai’s mass entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Magnolia Award and Magnolia Gold Award were set up by the Shanghai government in 1989 to recognize foreign individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the economic construction, social development and international exchange and cooperation to Shanghai. The Magnolia Gold Award is granted on an annual basis to foreigners with distinguished performance in Shanghai as the highest honor to those who have received the Magnolia Award.

ABB is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,000 employees, 40 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 147 cities.

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