Man­u­fac­tur­ing key to In­dus­try 4.0

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By YANG ZIMAN and HU MEIDONG in Fuzhou

as the Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion fol­low­ing the first three driven by steam en­gine, elec­tric­ity and the per­sonal com­puter.

Fuyao has adopted a slo­gan of “Make In­dus­try 4.0 Take Root in Fuyao”. The rea­son that Fuyao is ready for In­dus­try 4.0 is be­cause it has more than 20 years of de­vel­op­ing strong man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pe­tence un­der a vi­sion on in­tel­li­gent pro­duc­tion, ac­cord­ing to Cao.

“I first came to the re­al­iza­tion that in­tel­li­gence is the fu­ture when one of my en­gi­neers re­minded me that soft­ware would one day be more valu­able than hu­man power in 1988 when I first bought equip­ment from over­seas,” said Cao. “I have been aim­ing at a smart pro­duc­tion process ever since.”

Founded in Fuzhou in the eastern part of China in 1987, Fuyao Group (Fuyao Glass In­dus­try Group Co Ltd) now has a 65 per­cent share of the do­mes­tic mar­ket. The com­pany has man­u­fac­tur­ing bases in nine coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States, Rus­sia, and Ger­many.

Cao was named as man­u­fac­tur­ing pi­o­neer in China by Forbes mag­a­zine in 2015. It was the first on the 14-mem­ber list, fol­lowed by Dong Mingzhu, chair­woman of Gree Elec­tric Ap­pli­ances Inc, Liang Wen­gen, chair­man of Sany Group, and Zhang Ruimin, chair­man of Haier Group.

Fuyao’s in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and au­to­ma­tion sys­tem have taken the lead among its coun­ter­parts in the world, ac­cord­ing to Forbes.

It has for­mu­lated a so­phis­ti­cated data sys­tem in pur­chas­ing, lo­gis­tics, ser­vices and other value-added pro­duc­tion links.

Fuyao’s av­er­age use of ro­bots is more than 200 ro­bots per 10,000 work­ers. The level is 300 in Ja­pan and 100 in the US in au­to­mo­tive glass man­u­fac­tur­ers, ac­cord­ing to Cao.

“The key to suc­cess for In­dus­try 4.0 is to de­sign a sys­tem that suits the enterprise’ pro­duc­tion process. If you don’t know the de­tails in pro­duc­tion like the back of your hand, how can you de­sign the sys­tem that works the best?” said Cao.


A worker


take part in a run­ning con­test or­ga­nized by McDon­ald’s Corp in Bei­jing. Cao De­wang, chair­man of Fuyao Group

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