Sany aims for cut­ting-edge tech

In­dus­try gi­ant will in­vest 500m yuan in data-based net­works to boost ca­pac­ity

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By LIU WEIFENG and ZHONGNANin Chang­sha

Sany Group Co Ltd, one of China’s lead­ing ma­chin­ery equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers, is poised to in­vest heav­ily in the in­ter­net of things and com­mit­ted to shar­ing its ben­e­fits with more small and medium-sized man­u­fac­tur­ers to help drive the new round of in­dus­trial up­grad­ing, said ex­ec­u­tives of the com­pany.

The pri­vate man­u­fac­tur­ing gi­ant, based in Hu­nan and with head­quar­ters now in Bei­jing, will in­vest a fur­ther 500 mil­lion yuan ($72.6 mil­lion) in five years in its databased net­work to en­hance its in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing abil­ity, af­ter spend­ing 1 bil­lion yuan over the past eight years to build up its smart work­ing plat­forms.

Xiang Wenbo, pres­i­dent of Sany Heavy In­dus­try Co Ltd, the listed arm of Sany Group, at­trib­uted the com­pany’s over­seas expansion largely to the ap­pli­ca­tion of its big-data and in­ter­net-en­abled in­dus­trial ser­vice sys­tem in mar­kets along Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive coun­tries. Its prod­ucts and post-ser­vice net­work have cov­ered more than 110 coun­tries and re­gions.

Last year, its over­seas rev­enue reached 10 bil­lion yuan, up 11.9 per­cent year-on-year, ac­count­ing for 44.2 per­cent of its to­tal rev­enue, ac­cord­ing to SanyHeavy In­dus­try’s annual re­port.

Sales from Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive-re­lated mar­kets ac­counted for more than 70 per­cent of its in­ter­na­tional busi­ness, said Xiang. The ini­tia­tive en­com­passes the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Cen­tury Road plans.

Con­crete equip­ment, Sany’s star prod­uct range, yielded 10.5 bil­lion yuan in sales in 2015, reaf­firm­ing its lead­ing role in the sec­tor.

“The com­pet­i­tive­ness of man­u­fac­tur­ing re­lies more on soft­ware and data, than on Mar­itime Silk hard­ware,” said He Dong­dong, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent and chief process and IT of­fi­cer of Sany Group.

Sany’s in­dus­trial net­work has col­lected more than 100 bil­lion items of en­gi­neer­ing data re­lated to its 212,549 units of equip­ment, in­clud­ing cranes, ex­ca­va­tors and con­crete equip­ment used around the world.

Start­ing in 2008, Sany em­barked on the es­tab­lish­ment of its in­dus­trial big-data plat­form us­ing cloud com­put­ing tech­nol­ogy.

“We can closely mon­i­tor the work­ing con­di­tions of all the equip­ment in op­er­a­tion. In case of any ma­chine fault, our post-ser­vice team will ar­rive at the site in two hours and get work back to nor­mal in 24 hours,” He said.

Li Beiguang, deputy di­rec­tor of the plan­ning bureau of the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, said ear­lier this month that “the ma­jor bat­tle­field for China’s sci­ence and tech in­no­va­tion is in man­u­fac­tur­ing, the key and hard part for over­all up­grad­ing lies in man­u­fac­tur­ing and the solution also depends on man­u­fac­tur­ing”.

IoT is ex­pected to be an emerg­ing selling point of Sany, along with new en­ergy, mainly wind power and in­dus­trial projects, which re­flects the man­u­fac­turer’s busi­ness di­ver­sity path in line with global in­dus­trial giants, such as US-based Gen­eral Elec­tric Co and Ger­many­based Siemens AG.

Only by in­te­grat­ing with big data and the in­ter­net could a con­ven­tional man­u­fac­turer be up­graded to a new stage of in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing, which en­ables mass pro­duc­tion with cus­tom­ized prod­ucts and ser­vices, saidHe.

China had about 380,000 man­u­fac­tur­ers at the end of 2015, the largest num­ber in the world. How­ever, a ma­jor­ity are small and medi­um­sized ones with lim­ited com­pet­i­tive­ness.

“The good thing is we don’t have a real gen­er­a­tion gap in the in­dus­trial IoT field with de­vel­oped economies. Our know-how in this re­gard could be a great help for China’s small man­u­fac­tur­ers catch­ing up with the tide of up­grad­ing,” He said.

The com­pet­i­tive­ness of man­u­fac­tur­ing re­lies more on soft­ware and data ...”

Contact the writ­ers at li­uweifeng@ chi­ and zhong­nan@ chi­


An em­ployee works at a Sany as­sem­bly plant in Lin­gang In­dus­trial Park in Shang­hai.

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