ABB Supports the Training of Local Talent for the Industrial Robot Sector

Provides full support to Guangdong Vocational Skill Contest with 20 locally developed Chinese Dragon robots

Guangzhou, China, December 13, 2012 -- ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that, in the “Guangdong Vocational Skill Contest- Electro-mechanical Skill Competition & National Programmable Control System Designer Vocational Skill Competition” held recently in Guangzhou, ABB offered 20 locally developed “Chinese Dragon" IRB 120 robots for the event to be used as contest devices, and it also provided technical support for the competition. ABB robotics professional engineers coached contestants on operation skills and guided on-site commissioning. Winners will take part in the National Programmable Control System Designer Vocational Skill Contest on behalf of Guangdong Province.

This Contest was organized by Guangdong Provincial Human Resource & Social Security Department and open to different personnel and universities and colleges in Guangdong Province, and the contest was divided into three groups, e.g., student group, teacher group and worker group, aiming to assess players comprehensively in terms of theoretical knowledge and practical operation. Winners will be awarded with the title of “Technical Expert in Guangdong” and will be eligible to apply for the May 1st Labor Medal in Guangdong.

Mr. Li Gang, the head of ABB Robot China said, “Currently, China is the fastest-growing industrial robot market in the globe. According to the International Federation of Robotics, in 2011, industrial robots totaled 74,317. And it is expected that, the installed robots will grow at an annual growth rate of 10% in the period of 2013-2015, and China is expected to become the largest industrial robot market in the world. In face of such a rapidly-growing industrial robot market, robot-related talent training is of great urgency. ABB has always been giving full play to its technical advantage in automation, providing a strong human resource guarantee for advanced equipment manufacturing, and it also has been taking active part in the strategic planning for robot human resources.

Presently, China is in the critical period for industrial upgrade and transformation, and as an irreplaceable important equipment and means in advanced manufacturing, industrial robot has become a significant symbol for measuring a nation's manufacturing level and technology level. Industrial robots enable enterprises to improve their productivity and product quality, reduce cost and minimize energy consumption. As a result, an increasing number of enterprises begin to use robots to achieve modern production with higher efficiency and less energy.

The 12th Five-Year Plan will be a critical turning point for the industrial development of industrial robots in China. China needs more relevant applied technical talents to devote themselves to automation businesses. ABB has actively established joint talent training plans with universities and colleges in China, and established extensive cooperation with famous science and engineering universities in major economic regions, providing full support to these universities and colleges, including provision of teaching materials, equipments, training, courseware, software and instructor training, so as to build a bank of skilled persons, delivering a steady flow of excellent talents for the country.

Previously, ABB provided a number of robots to GDTV for the competition titled “Winning the World with Skills - Guangdong Vocational Skill TV Competition 2012”. The program had been widely spread and concerned across China and had been highly recognized by relevant leaders of Guangdong Province.

ABB Robotics is a leading supplier of industrial robots - also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, machine tools, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong solutions focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 200,000 robots worldwide.

You can view the TV Performance Competition at Winning the World with Skills at: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDcxODAxNzgw.html.

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 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,300 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 80 cities.


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