COSCO ships gi­ant ma­chine to Shang­hai for im­port expo

China Daily (Canada) - - VIEWS - By ZHONG NAN zhong­nan@chi­

A gi­ant milling ma­chine ar­rived in Shang­hai on Tues­day for the up­com­ing first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo, af­ter a more than 30-day voy­age from the Ger­man port of Ham­burg, its ship­per said.

The mas­sive ma­chine tool was brought by Waldrich Coburg, a Ger­man com­pany spe­cial­iz­ing in in­dus­trial ma­chin­ery and large ma­chine tools.

It was car­ried by COSCO Spain, a con­tainer ves­sel with a ca­pac­ity of 13,000 TEU (twenty-foot equiv­a­lent units), owned by China COSCO Ship­ping Co, the na­tion’s largest ship­ping group by fleet size. As one of the largest in­dus­trial prod­ucts to be seen in the expo, it was pack­aged in 12 con­tain­ers, ac­cord­ing to the pub­lic­ity of­fice of Shang­hai- head­quar­tered COSCO Ship­ping.

This is the first trans­port ser­vice that COSCO Ship­ping has of­fered to ex­hibitors since it was nom­i­nated as the rec­om­mended global trans­port CHINA IN­TER­NA­TIONAL IM­PORT EXPO

ser­vice provider for the first CIIE.

The milling ma­chine — which is 20 me­ters long, 10 me­ters wide and eight me­ters high — weighs 200 met­ric tons and will cover an area of 200 square me­ters in the high-end in­tel­li­gent equip­ment ex­hi­bi­tion area of the first CIIE, which is sched­uled to be held in Shang­hai from Nov 5 to 10.

The area will fo­cus on four themes — aero­space, in­te­grated cir­cuits, in­dus­trial au­to­ma­tion and ro­bot­ics.

The milling ma­chine can turn out high-ac­cu­racy mi­cron-sized parts, which can be used for au­to­mo­bile pro­duc­tion and the aero­space in­dus­try. The Ger­man com­pany hopes to at­tract Chi­nese buy­ers with its high­tech equip­ment at the expo.

“As China is cur­rently un­der­go­ing an in­dus­trial up­grad­ing boom, the CIIE this year will gather a large num­ber of top-class in­tel­li­gent equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies,” said Liang Feng, pres­i­dent of China Na­tional Ma­chine Tool Sales and Tech­ni­cal Ser­vice Cor­po­ra­tion.

He added that the world’s lead­ing metal cut­ting ma­chine tools will be dis­played at the expo, from com­pa­nies in­clud­ing DMG Mori, Mazak Corp, EMAG GmbH & Co KG, Makino Corp and Okuma Corp.

COSCO Ship­ping has de­vel­oped a ded­i­cated plat­form for for­eign com­pa­nies look­ing to book con­tain­ers in order to fa­cil­i­tate ser­vices for the expo, and is work­ing with cus­toms au­thor­i­ties to help goods get faster clear­ance, said Yu Zeng­gang, the com­pany’s deputy-gen­eral man­ager.

The com­pany so far has suc­cess­fully as­sisted in the ship­ment of ex­hibitors from na­tions such as Ger­many, Tur­key, Bar­ba­dos, South Africa, Den­mark, Italy, Egypt, the Philip­pines, New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Samoa and Fiji.

The ship­ments con­tain tea, wine, med­i­cal equip­ment, food, bev­er­ages and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts, as well as ve­hi­cles and man­u­fac­tur­ing ma­chin­ery.

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