Transforming Industry – SANY company profile.
By Mark Andrews
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Knowledge.
In July 2022, the first excavator rolled off the production line of SANY’s new robot-dominated manufacturing plant on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The KIM Industrial Plant is the first Chinese “Industry 4.0” production base outside of China in the excavator industry, boasting a 5:1 ratio of robots to humans, but it certainly will not be the last.
SANY has gained its position by stressing robotic digital production more than any other producer globally. It now has 40 of these robot-dominated plants mostly in China, which embrace the latest manufacturing technologies, from proprietary intellectual property to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Such factories can supply a considerable competitive advantage, which SANY needs as it charges toward becoming the largest construction equipment manufacturer globally.
SANY also boasts two World Economic Forum-certified “Lighthouse Factories,” which take technological adoption to a higher level, the only two such factories in the heavy equipment manufacturing industry globally. The use of robots and technology has allowed the SANY plant in the central Chinese city of Changsha, to double its productivity when compared to standard plants and reduce unit manufacturing costs by 29%.
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