On the afternoon of May 26th 2021, SPEIT teachers and students paid a visit to Schneider Shanghai Industrial Control Co., Ltd., a Chinese-French joint venture founded in 1996 that has been the global hub of Schneider Electric for manufacturing industrial controllers, such as contactors, thermal relays, motor circuit breakers and sensors. Covering an area of 38,700m?, the industrial park was recognized by China‘s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in 2019 as a “green plant”.
Despite torrential rain, the head of the HR department had been waiting at the reception long before the arrival of the visitors who immediately felt the hospitality after getting off the bus. Prior to visiting the factory and logistics centre covering an area of 6,000 m?, the process and maintenance manager Mr. WANG Xuyang introduced the 185-year history of Schneider Electric since 1836 by telling a few vivid stories about the company’s four key transitions: steel manufacturing, power and control, energy efficiency management and automation, and digitization. As a global business that has always been advancing with the times, Schneider Electric has been leading the digital transition in global energy efficiency management and automation. With interconnected products, margin control, applied analysis and services, it has been focused on delivering services in buildings, data centres, industry and infrastructure.
Then the technicians introduced the plan of the workshop and the escape routes and equipped everyone with protective footwear. The workshop was highly automated, and the introduction of the R&D staff gave the students an intuitive understanding of the company‘s core low-voltage distribution products, medium-voltage distribution and energy automation products, as well as digital production and quality control of core components in industrial automation.
This visit was an opportunity for the students to have a close contact with a growing leading tech firm that made them realize the speed and efficiency of a company taking the 4th place on Gartner’s rankings of the 2020 supply chain. The electrical products for Leishenshan and Huoshenshan, two makeshift hospitals established in Wuhan in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, were all provided by the company, which is enough to demonstrate the strength of this multinational with a high degree of localization.
The plant visit was followed by a brief presentation by the HR staff on the company‘s approach to human resources management and development, who expected the excellent SPEIT students to have more understanding of Schneider Electric, experience for themselves what it means to put customers first, dare to disrupt, embrace differences, strive to learn and renew and take the responsibility, pursue what is meaningful to them, learn to be inclusive, and empower themselves as they embark on their career paths.