Shang­hai Zhen­hua bets on au­to­ma­tion

ZPMC sees high-tech port ter­mi­nals as the key to its long-term growth prospects

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - ByWANG YING in Shang­hai wang_y­ing@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

In less than 24 years, Shang­hai Zhen­hua Heavy Industry Co Ltd has de­vel­oped into the world’s largest port ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­turer. Its plan for the next decade is to make au­to­mated con­tainer ter­mi­nals a new growth en­gine of the com­pany.

“ZPMC is now try­ing to fo­cus a great amount of re­sources on au­to­matic ter­mi­nals, and we ex­pect this sec­tor to bol­ster our de­vel­op­ment in the com­ing decade,” said Song Hail­iang, chairman ofZPMCand vi­cepres­i­dent of China Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Con­struc­tion Co Ltd.

Ac­cord­ing to Song, the fu­ture of ter­mi­nals lies in un­manned tech­nol­ogy. Through re­mote con­trol, in­tel­li­gent con­tainer ter­mi­nals will have bet­ter per­for­mance and lower op­er­a­tional costs than tra­di­tional ones.

“ZPMC won’t miss this great revo­lu­tion. The de­vel­op­ment of au­to­mated ter­mi­nals will be able to com­bine ZPMC’s ex­ist­ing core busi­ness of steel cranes and re­lated ser­vices with more di­ver­si­fied de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

The Shang­hai-listed com­pany has al­ready made its mark in the au­to­mated ter­mi­nal sec­tor as it is cur­rently con­struct­ing the au­to­mated ter­mi­nal pro­ject of Qing­dao Port and the fourth phase of the Yang­shan Deep-wa­ter Port in Shang­hai.

In ad­di­tion, the na­tion’s first au­to­mated con­tainer ter­mi­nal built by ZPMC at Xi­a­men Ocean Gate Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal is un­der trial op­er­a­tion.

Fur­ther­more, the com­pany also re­ceived or­ders for au­to­mated ter­mi­nals from Rot­ter­dam World Gate­way in the Nether­lands and the Ital­ian port of Vado Lig­ure, while 36 sets of port equip­ment went into ser­vice at the au­to­mated Long Beach Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal in Cal­i­for­nia in theUnited States in April.

“All the lift­ing equip­ment of the $1.2 bil­lion in­vest­ment LBCT au­to­mated port, in­clud­ing 14 quay cranes (shore bridges), 70 au­to­mated rail cranes, and five au­to­mated rail­way crane, will be de­liv­ered by ZPMC around 2019,” said Song.

The firm’s first or­der from Hamburg ter­mi­nal CTA in 2000 for four cranes is re­garded by Song as a land­mark of the com­pany.

All the achieve­ments were made through per­sis­tent re­search and de­vel­op­ment. For more than two decades, ZPMC has kept al­lot­ting more than 3 per­cent of its rev­enue to its R&D de­part­ment which now has ex­panded to more than 2,000.

ZPMC’s rep­u­ta­tion hit a peak dur­ing Premier Li Ke­qiang’s trip to the China (Shang­hai) Pi­lot Free Trade Zone in Novem­ber 2015. The premier en­cour­aged the group to re­al­ize break­throughs and mar­ket­ing pro­mo­tion in au­to­mated port tech­nol­ogy and grasp the op­por­tu­nity of the na­tional plan “Made in China 2025” is­sued to up­grade the coun­try’s industry.

In 1992, ZPMC was founded­inShang­ha­iasa­heavy-duty equip­ment man­u­fac­turer.

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