ABB shares vision of digital future at WIIC

  • Exchange views on the development trend of Industrial Internet, manufacturing + AI
  • Comprehensively display industry-leading ABB AbilityTM digital solutions
  • Sign new strategic cooperation agreements with five Shandong-based companies to drive digital transformation

The 2019 World Industrial Internet Conference (WIIC) and Qingdao International Software Convergence & Innovation Expo opened today in Qingdao, a coastal city in East China’s Shandong Province. ABB impressed the visitors from home and abroad with a comprehensive exhibition of innovative products and digital solutions ranging from electrification, industrial automation, motion, robotics and discrete automation to power grids. ABB will also host a full-day parallel forum on July 26 for in-depth exchanges of views on the development and application of digital technologies as well as the industry trends of Industrial Internet.

Mr. ZZ Zhang, Managing Director of ABB in China shared his insights on hot topics as industrial digitalization, high-end manufacturing plus artificial intelligence with government, academicians and businesses from Qingdao and Shandong Province, "With the deep integration of the new-generation information technology with manufacturing, Industrial Internet is giving a new push to the development of future industries. To build an open, collaborative and innovation digital ecosystem based on the Industrial Internet demonstrates the megatrend to meet the needs of intelligent transformation of different industries.”

“With a focus on the digital industries, ABB has been providing tailored digital solutions for industry, utilities, transport and infrastructure, supported by the common ABB Ability™ digital platform. We will further leverage emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and ABB’s strong software capabilities to help customers accelerate intelligent upgrade and value creation.” said ZZ.

ABB will also hold a parallel forum including 14 speeches and two panel discussions, focusing on smart manufacturing, smart cities and smart energy enabled by digital technologies. The speeches will cover a wide range of topics including robotics, industrial software, big data-based asset performance management, the application of AI technologies, the digitalization in process industry and marine, oil and chemical industries, future smart cities, and smart energy management.

At the same time, ABB is also exhibiting its innovative products at the China International Software Convergence & Innovation Expo. The 430m2 booth is showcasing industry-leading ABB AbilityTM digital solutions, including industrial robots, digital powertrains, smart motors, servo motion control, flexible transport system, digitalization of process industry, intelligent power distribution, smart building control, smart charging for electric vehicles, shore-to-ship power supply, meeting the extensive demands from power plant to any plug.

Shandong is a major economically developed province and one of the key markets for ABB in China. As a new first-tier city, Qingdao has strong industrial foundation and a complete industrial system. The city has rolled out plans to propel the integration of AI technologies with the real economy, accelerate the development of smart manufacturing and robotic industry, with an aim to develop the city into a world-class industry cluster for high-end intelligent appliance, rail equipment and new-energy vehicles (NEV).

ABB boasts a long list of local customers and partners in Shandong including Qingdao, such as Haier Group, Qingdao Gaoce, Doublestar Group and Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. ABB's innovative technologies and digital solutions have served many customers and key projects in the region. For example, ABB has provided a variety of products and solutions for a fully automated container terminal at Qingdao Port, the venue and supporting facilities of the SCO summit meeting, multiple lines of Qingdao metro, the desalination plant project and new NEV plant of BAIC Group.

During the event, ABB has also signed strategic cooperation agreements with Shandong-based companies including Shandong Energy Heavy Equipment Manufacturing Group Co., Ltd., Linyi Aozhen Real Estate Development Co., Ltd., Shandong Luyitong Intelligent Electric PLC., Qingdao Chengyang Chengjian Electromechanical Co., Ltd. and Qingdao Gaoyao Technology Co., Ltd. Combining ABB's industry-leading digital solutions and global footprint with the customers' industry expertise, both sides will join efforts to explore the rising opportunities of digital transformation, and support the industrial upgrading in Shandong province.

In the recent years, ABB has kept steady pace of investment in Shandong market and established a strong presence in the region with six branch companies, two service centers, and a robotics application center in Qingdao, which is committed to providing industry-leading robots and application solutions for Shandong and North China markets. In addition, ABB has also been cooperating with local universities in Shandong on talent cultivation and promoting the ABB Cup Innovation Contest to boost innovation for sustainable industrial development.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with near 20,000 employees located in more than 130 cities, 44 local companies, and online and offline channels across around 700 cities. www.abb.com

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