Tobias Becker, head of the Process Automation Division, ABB North Asia Region and ABB China, said, "Emerging markets such as China, Brazil, and Indonesia became growth engines of the global paper industry. Their rapid development is fuelling demand for all kinds of automation technologies and is establishing the latest industry trends. The commissioning of the new factory is ABB Group's most recent move to optimize our global business footprint. It allows us to promptly respond to both Asia and the global markets, and sustainably provide leading products and services to our global customers."
The new factory, located in the Shanghai Pudong New Area, covers 9000 square meters. The ABB Pulp and Paper Business Unit will transfer its entire QCS and WIS manufacturing business from its Ireland and Finland facilities to the new location, making it the company's latest global manufacturing center.
ABB is the technology leader in the global paper industry, providing the most comprehensive automation, measurement, and electrical equipment portfolio and solutions. ABB Pulp and Paper Business Unit invests over 10% of its annual revenue in R&D and has invented a number of leading technologies and products, including Induction xP, the innovative machine actuator, Optical Caliper Sensor, the revolutionary product for measuring sheet thickness, and Multi-variable cross-direction control, the unique QCS technology. ABB is driving the development of paper automation technology with its advanced technology, solutions, products, and top class services over decades. Its full range of solutions, including electrical, open control, paper machine drive, collaborative production management, quality control, energy management, and web inspection, have been adopted by many large scale papermakers worldwide, such as UPM-Kymmene, Stora Enso, APP etc.
QCS is the nervous system of the paper production line, decisive to the quality of paper products. ABB QCS controls production quality by analyzing the paper's moisture, thickness, gloss, and other physical parameters with various types of sensors, helping papermakers reduce rejection rates and greatly improve economic returns. ABB WIS detects and reports defects, including holes, spots, and streaks, through its web imaging solutions. It not only guarantees product quality, but also helps papermakers adjust the operating process, to make right decisions of production and maintenance before problems arise, thereby remarkably improving production efficiency and economic returns.
China's paper industry has enjoyed fast growth in the past decade. In order to support this development, ABB began establishing the local Pulp and Paper team as early as 1994 and set up branches in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. It boasts the most comprehensive talent pool and strongest service capabilities serving the paper industry in the country. By 2009, ABB had successfully completed around 500 significant projects in China, building long-term partnerships with a large number of local and global paper companies including Hengan Paper, Nine Dragons Paper, Lee & Man Paper, and Huatai Group.