WashU-Fudan EMBA Class 16 Visited Schindler (China) Elevator Co., Ltd.
Schindler Elevator became the first Western enterprise to invest in China in 1980. Now, with more than 30 years of business in China, Schindler Elevator is still a steady force in the Chinese market and continuously supports the long-term development of the country. For the first time in the program’s history, on July 13, 2018,WashU-Fudan EMBA Program Class 16 students visited the Schindler China Head Office in Shanghai Jiading Industrial Park.
The event was arranged by a current Class 16 student, Shanlun JIN, who is the Schindler (China) Vice President ,Field Operation East. More than 20 students attended this special “field trip” to the world-class factory in Jiading, Shanghai, and interacted with the China management team at Schindler Group.
WashU-Fudan EMBA Class 16 student
Vice President, Field Operation East, Schindler (China) Elevator Co., Ltd.
Jack Sun, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, SCF , introduced the students to the Schindler Group’s past, present, and future. Mr. Sun explained Schindler’s adjoining applications of the 100-year-old traditional elevator manufacturing industry and the digital Internet of Things technology, which provides an integrated business solution that makes the operation of commercial residential buildings safer and more efficient. Learning this really struck a chord with the students, as today’s technologies are growing rapidly—especially in China—but still have influence from past innovations.
During a presentation, James Guo, Vice President SHW Escalator Division AP, introduced the world's largest and most professional escalator production base and, after the presentation, brought the students to the escalator workshop for a visit. Through the adoption of a bulk amount of green and energy-saving designs, the spacious workshop is clean, bright, quiet, and comfortable for the workers—and any visitors. The EMBA students with automotive and environmental industry backgrounds were in awe and had a deep appreciation for the manufacturing environment.
Most of the students who joined this special visit were senior executives of Western multinational companies in the manufacturing or engineering industries. They expressed that they felt a familiarity with the factory when they first came to Schindler Elevator, which is a Swiss company. The buildings, products, and leading technologies at the Schindler head office were very impressive for the students. One of the impressive features, for example, is the actual façade of the Schindler buildings in Shanghai. The exterior walls of headquarters, the exhibition hall, training center, and R&D building have more than two million "recycled" grey bricks collected from old buildings in China, and also have over 7,000 square meters of garden, making the campus seem like a city, garden, and home at the same time.
In the northeast end of the building complex, the outer wall gradually rises and its silhouette extends to the structure of R&D building. As the volume of the building changes, the walls there look like forts, flexible and strong, which symbolizes the private and innovative work being done at Schindler. Moreover, there is also the 200-meter high elevator test tower that has become a landmark for Jiading District. The most exciting part of the visit, for the students, was to go to “the top of Jiading.”