Introducing our Silver Partner: Reishauer AG

Being already in the third century of existence, our Silver Sponsor Reishauer AG has a long tradition in the gear industry. With its historical roots in 1788 Reishauer evolved from a manufacturer of tools to a medium-size precision machine tool builder. The Swiss company is currently employing approximately 600 employees. Cars, aircraft and industrial machinery all require high-accuracy gears for their transmissions. Worldwide, Reishauer gear grinding machines play a major role in the manufacturing process of grinding gears used in such transmissions. Demands placed on these transmissions include the reliable transfer of high torque and power density, low weight and minimal noise emissions.

In recent years, greater efficiency, lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 output have been added to the growing list. Reishauer precision ground gears ensure the demands placed on transmissions can be fully met. Additionally, in terms of manufacturing gears, the costs per gear part have to be reduced, while, at the same time, uncompromisingly high part quality and process stability must be maintained. Continuous generating gear grinding, a process invented by Reishauer in 1945, has led the way since, and has established itself as the most productive process for the hard finishing of gears.

In principle, the kinematics of this process can be understood as a worm drive, with the grinding worm adding the abrasive machining components needed to generate the precise involute gear form. Since its invention, this process has been continuously improved, and today as in the past, Reishauer machines set the industry standard for gear grinding.

The global strategic outlook of Reishauer is that Europe, the Americas and Asia each represent about a third of the global business of transmission manufacture. Across these regions, automotive companies, for example, unreservedly depend on the quality and productivity of Reishauer gear grinding machine tools.

Made in Switzerland

In spite of its international scope of activities, Reishauer relies on manufacturing its products in Switzerland, a country well known for its tradition of high precision. Hence, all of the core components are made in-house in a factory near Zurich.

The cornerstone of Reishauer is its Circle of Competence. This concept encompasses more than just the manufacture of sophisticated machines. The company produces its own tooling such as grinding wheels, workholding and diamond dressing rolls. In this way, Reishauer can truly guarantee that all elements of the grinding process – the machine and the tooling – are fully under control. Furthermore, as the level of automation across industry has increased, Reishauer now builds its own material handling solutions, tailor-made to its machines and to specific customer needs.

To be close to its customers, Reishauer has established subsidiaries in Germany, the US, China and Japan to offer comprehensive technical and customer support by local service engineers and through locally held spare parts. Additionally, to best serve their local customers, all subsidiaries have direct access to the mother company’s vast engineering knowledge base.

Day 17: The last day of our Onsite Seminar in China

by Amanda Bögli

The last day of the Onsite trip in China started with a tasty breakfast at our beautiful Marriott hotel in the center of the impressive metropolis of Shanghai. After that, the whole delegation checked out and went to explore this living city! It was the first day on which the group had no official program for the day and the delegation was looking forward to take this occasion and walk through the city individually. The majority of the students went to the fake market to get an insight of what kind of products they are offering there and to learn more about the detailed differences to the original brands. Some of them even stroke it rich and bought a typically Swiss watch from a luxury brand, which they would never have bought in Switzerland due to the prohibitive price differences… Together with my PR colleague, I was staying at the lobby to finish the final posts on our online channels. As soon as we finished our work, we took our handbags and our last Yuan and went to the fake market and the Nanjing Road to do some shopping. After spending three hours in the city we went back to our hotel, grabbed our luggages and went for the final delegation dinner in a fancy restaurant close to the Bund.

After that, we headed to Shanghai Pudong International Airport to take the flight back to Switzerland. While boarding at 1.3o AM my friend and I got the unexpected news from Air China, that one of our luggages will not fly to Switzerland. Supposedly due to a not executed security check by the carrier. With the utmost probability the airline employee at the Check-In counter was not capable to check in our luggage in the right way (including the transfer in Milan). That is to say that we even had someone else’s luggage tag on our flight tickets, who actually none of us knew. So while being seated on this 12 hours flight from Shanghai to Milan we did not know if it concerned the luggage of my friend or mine. After arrival in Milan we went straight to an information desk to make inquiries. There, we have been ensured that the transfer has been registered in China and that the luggage will be sent to Zurich. Unfortunately, this was not true.

Arrived at the baggage claim area at Zurich Airport we realized that there was a total of two luggages missing and a Swissport employee tracked the missing luggages. There we have been told that one luggage may still be in Milan or in Rome and the other may still be in Shanghai registered under a false name. Anyway… We are optimists and currently still struggling with Air China and hoping that the missing luggage will be found very soon!


The delegation enjoying the last night in China with a beautiful terrace view on the Bund


Being impressed by the generous choice of the various sneakers at the fake market


The PR Team having an amusing time before taking off to Switzerland


Marveling the amazing view over the Swiss Alps in our short-haul flight from Milan to Zurich


Day 16: Novartis and Shanghai Financial Future Exchange

by Jacob Rasmussen

Today, the last two company visits are on the program. First we headed to Novartis and after that we went to the Shanghai Financial Futures Exchange. After a delicious breakfast the delegation met at nine o’clock and then drove to the Novartis campus in Shanghai. We were warmly welcomed and have been given a short introduction to the new campus of Novartis. The capacity of the new buildings is around 1300 people and the architectonical planning started in 2006. The construction work began in 2008 and the buildings were designed in a way, which offers a lot of open space to support the communication between the different departments and their employees. After the introduction we were split up in two groups. One group visited the lab and than the campus the other group vice-versa. In the lab, Mr. Wei Hui showed us the high throughput screening machine. The machine is able to test multiple chemicals on their efficiency at the same time. After that Mr. Wei Li told us something about gen sequencing and showed us the the diffrent devices they have to do the sequencing. The gen sequence can be used to make drugs move in a very efficent way. After that we vistied the campus. The guide gave us some background information about the different buildings on the campus. For example that the lab building was designed by a Swiss architect and the entry building was planned to look very formal. All buildings were designed to be as sustainable as possible. After the tour we had a short coffee break and then two presentations. The first one was about Novartis and China from the Head of External Relations. We have been told that the Chinese market is diffictult because it is very diverse. There are large rural areas in China with almost no medical care in the cities and some of the hospitals are overcrowded. We also learned that the pricing system is very complicated in China. The second presentation was about drug discovery and Mr. Bin Xiang gave us a brief introduction on this topic. In Shanghai they focus on diseases like cancer, liver diseases, metabolic diseases and regenerative medicine. He also told us that the development of a new drug takes many years and that is very time intensiv! At the end we had lunch in the new canteen and then a one hour break in which we could enjoy the nice weather at the newly builded campus of Novartis.


Impressions from the newly opened Novartis campus in Shanghai




The delegation visiting Shanghai Futures Exchange CFFEX




Final dinner with the delegation enjoying a delicious Teppanyaki


Taking in the impressive skyline of Pudong IMG_2399

Day 15: Swissnex, Shanghai Tobacco Machinery and FRANKE

by Tobias Stebler

It is day 15 and the trip is slowly but surely coming to an end. Nonetheless, the project team organised a full program for this Thursday. After what should have been a short trip in the daily Shanghai traffic, we arrived at the Headquarters of Swissnex. This organisation is officially stated as part of the Department of Education and was founded in August 2008. By now, it is only partly financed by the Swiss government and but still represents Swiss interests in China. The 3-hour program was divided into five parts: Swissnex, the General Consulate of Shanghai, Introduction of the Delegation, Integrate Chinese Life and Solar Impact. First up was Isabel Götz, Head of Operations, who provided in-depth insights into Swissnex. Apart from promoting Switzerland in general in China, Swissnex is a vital link for Swiss citizens and companies. The range of services varies from arranging meetings to organising whole events. At the end of her presentation she also mentioned career possibilities involving Swissnex. Second was the General Consulate Shanghai which as a branch office of the embassy offers all official “embassy services” except for the political representation. The speaker strongly emphasised the importance of the Yangtze River Delta, which produces 23% of the national GDP but only controls 3% of the land mass and 16% of the population. The third part was presented by Florian and Olivier, members of the Insight China project team. They gave a quick overview of the history of the project and what we have done up to today. Next was Bastien Dumont, Managing Director of Integrate Chinese Life (ICL). At the age of 19, he went to China to learn Mandarin and never went back since. His company organises trips, language courses and has its own network for business contacts. This year a partnership with Hutong School was arranged which will lead in a sharp increase from 80 students in 2012 to 1000 next year. The last part was a presentation from Solar Impact. It gave detailed information about the solar power in China and the big challenges, mainly cheap coal power plants. Furthermore the coal plants offer a lot of jobs and therefore 107 new coal plants were approved last year only (generating the equal to the CO2 output of Germany). To conclude the morning Swissnex offered a hearty lunch and time for smalltalk and networking.

by Severin Jörg

One of the last days of our amazing Onsite trip was packed with several company visits. In the afternoon, we visited some of our partners and ,,Made in China 2025″ has been a main subject of today’s speakers! We visited the Shanghai Tobacco Machinery Co. Ltd. (STMC) and we have been told that a few years ago they imported the knowhow from Germany to build own tobacco machines. Today, they are the market leader in China for high-speed tobacco packaging machines. Blaser Swisslube, a joint partner of the International Student Projects, delivers their cooling lubricants for the huge mill centers. An automatic cleaning system separates the solids from the lubricants while it is cooled with heat exchangers. STMC is anxious to change their philosophy accordingly to ,,Made in China 2025″ in mainly three steps. They want to build intelligent and sustainable shops and therefore STMC recently started building new offices with an intelligent lighting system. Furthermore, they integrated photovoltaic panels on the roof of their buildings and a water ring system. STMC also mentioned that they want to build an intelligent production process with a higher quality standard and they are planning some interactive platforms for their customers. In the evening, we visited an additional supporter of our project: Franke. Their kitchen systems have solutions for washing, preparing and cooking in the kitchen. Starting with sink basins made of various materials, fittings, waste systems, extractor hoods, hobs and worktops made of stainless steel and Franke Stone, they also produce kitchen features such as ovens and coffee machines. However, the Chinese market requires a special kind of hood extractors due to the greasy Chinese food and also bigger and more powerful gas hops for the special Chinese pans. Franke makes 3% of their global business in China and therefore branding and marketing is getting more and more important in the Chinese market. For more than 100 years now, the brand Franke has been standing for quality and reliability. For the brand it is important, that the Chinese customers are aware of ,,Made in China 2025,, and that the brand is on the right way to achieve this goals!

Blaser Swisslube products being used by the STMC


The Insight China group after the company visit of Shanghai Tobacco Machinery


Olivier handing over a Swiss Army knife as a present for the tour guides


Getting an introduction into the world of FRANKE

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The delegation walking through FRANKE showroom in the center of Shanghai


The delegation cooking some dumplings and Rahmschnitzel at the FRANKE facilities



Day 13: HK Fashion & West Lake Hangzhou

by Alex Pattupara

After having a hot cup of coffee enjoying the scenery in Suzhou from the hotel lobby, we headed over to Hangzhou at 07.30 AM by bus. After a 3 hour bus drive we finally reached the beautiful town named Hangzhou and drove directly to the High Fashion Group’s Campus. Although we arrived with a little bit of delay due to the traffic, Mr. Philip Tang and his employees welcomed us heartily.

During a brief presentation by Mr. Tang, he gave us an insight into the history, present and future of the High Fashion Group. He started off the presentation by explaining why the HF Group chose Hangzhou, also known as China’s prefecture of Silk, as their location in China. Furthermore he also explained us the different activities of HF group China like for example the Incubator Facility, where they encourage Start Ups to collaborate with them and help them take off. Moreover Mr. Tang mentioned the state of the art Research and Development facility of the HF Group which introduced innovative products like washable silk. The fact that HF Group initiates collaborative efforts with local institutes to profit from each other and that with help of Chinese government was very fascinating for me.

After the presentation we moved on to the much anticipated production tour where the delegation had the fantastic opportunity to interact with the employees and take a look at the impressive production of the silk clothes. To be able to take a close peek at the various procedures such as the digital printing using the ink jet printers and dying the silk clothes to create different patterns was really delightful. High Fashion Group invited the whole delegation to a delicious lunch at the campus canteen where each and every one of us had a chance again to mingle with the employees and to get to know them better.

Insight China Delegation parted ways with the High Fashion Group after the wonderful meal and headed over to the West Lake in Hangzhou where we had the pleasure to explore one of the most scenic spots in China. The day wounded up for the most delegation members by a tiring but joyful three hour bus drive back to Shanghai.

Welcome speech in the High Fashion Group meeting room


High-quality silk processed into fashionable clothes


Designers working on tailored designs


Sketches from designers

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The delegation inspecting the process of printing patterns on the material



 A little break for the Project Team at the scenic West Lake Hangzhou


Delegation member, Seraina Benz, drawing live at the West Lake Hangzhou