The 8th ABB Cup National Automation Thesis Contest kicks off

Ningbo, September 27, 2016

ABB and the Chinese Association of Automation (CAA) jointly launched the eighth ABB Cup National Automation Thesis Contest in Ningbo today. Under the theme of “Innovation and interconnection for a smart future”, the 8th contest is focused on the innovative development of digitalization and Internet technologies and their application prospect in automation.

Since it was initiated by CAA in 2005, ABB has been the exclusive sponsor of the contest. The event is designed to encourage academic exchange, technological innovation and the cultivation of automation professionals, which fits well with ABB’s commitment to enhancing local R&D and talent development. Over the past years, the nation-wide thesis contest has grown into a renowned platform well accepted by the automation professionals to demonstrate their innovation achievements and share best practices.

Pauli Järvinen, Head of ABB Discrete Automation and Motion division, North Asia and China, delivered a speech at the launch ceremony: “As a leading technology company in power and automation, ABB has always considered innovation as core part of its DNA. We’ve kept investing in the R&D of automation technologies, which enables us to maintain a leading position in the industry. Talent cultivation is also one of ABB’s priorities as qualified engineers contribute strongly to the development of both the company and the entire industry,” he said. "Based on the shared missions, ABB and CAA have maintained a sound partnership over the years, and by holding the national thesis contest, we look to facilitate the cultivation of local professionals and the improvement of technological level of Chinese automation industry.”

Over the eleven years, ABB Cup National Automation Thesis Contest has attracted a large number of talents in the automation field, and promoted the integration of academic research with industrial practices. It targets at industrial automation professionals, institute researchers and university teachers and students major in automation. To date, the contest has attracted the participation of 6,558 contestants and received 3,140 theses, of which more than 200 theses have won awards. In addition, 7 collections of theses have been published which contain nearly 600 high-quality theses.

At the same time of the kick-off ceremony, the “National Intelligent Manufacturing Forum 2016” was also held in Ningbo, which was jointly organized by CAA and Ningbo government. At the forum, automation industry insiders discussed how to promote the strategy of “Made in China 2025” and develop automated, digitalized, intelligent and green manufacturing models under the “New Normal”. The representatives from multiple enterprises and research institutes shared their insight into relevant technology and industry development.

Teresa Chiang, Business Development Manager, Discrete Automation and Motion division, ABB China, delivered a speech titled “Toward Intelligence-embedded Manufacturing: Realization of Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP)” at the forum, and explained how IoTSP helps manufacturing to improve productivity, product quality, customer satisfaction and safety. She also stressed that the journey towards smart manufacturing is systematic and progressive, but it will make the manufacturing enterprises gain competitive edge in the future. Besides, the forum announced the establishment of the “Intelligent Manufacturing Promoting Collaborative Innovation Alliance”. ABB, together with other leading global and local enterprises, joined as founding members. The alliance is designed to enhance the level of intelligent manufacturing and innovation capabilities of the local automation industry.

ABB is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group 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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