Official closure of Insight China 2017

Our tremendous journey has come to an end and the superlatives could roll off our tongues endlessly. We are still awed by this country – a nation full of great places we’ve probably never thought to explore, with the same linguistic and cultural diversity as the entirety of Europe, surprises waiting around every corner and a growing number of vibrant and innovative companies. China, whom our hearts had grown so fond over this journey, enriched us in a very profound way, not only on a professional level but also on a personal level.

So as of today, we mark the official closure of Insight China 2017. The Insight China team has been selected and we proudly pass the project to our successors – The stage is yours! We wish you, the Insight China 2018 team, all much success and energy in tackling the challenges that lie ahead of you.

Finally, what remains to to be said is our infinite gratitude. A big shout-out and thank you goes to all our partners, speakers, companies, supervisors, lecturers and delegates that have made this incredible project possible!谢谢你!

And just one more thing…


And History Continues…

The oldest of FHNW’s International Student Projects has some new faces!

We warmly welcome you to Insight China 2018. This year’s topic will focus on one of the biggest projects in the history of mankind. The New Silk Road – One Belt One Road.

We are honoured to continue and develop the tremendous work of past project teams and are looking forward to a new and exciting chapter!

Your Project Team 2018

Alex Ngu   Thomas Loser   Gregory Schmid   Lauro Muff

Application: Project Managers of Insight China 2018

Fellow students! Are you a disciplined and persistent person seeking an opportunity to challenge your managing skills?

Apply as a project manager for one of the most prestigious student projects of the FHNW – Insight China, Focus India, connectUS or exploreASEAN ! The deadline for the application is the 19 of May 2017!

A unique opportunity to grow and progress lies ahead of you!

You can find all the application information here!

Well Connected with our Silver Sponsor Brugg Cables

by Patrick Lüscher

After visiting Brugg Cables in Switzerland on February 15, it was really interesting to visit the company’s production sites in China and thus in a different perspective.

At first, we were received by Urs Schnell, the CEO of the Brugg Group and Brugg Cable Systems. He introduced us to the Brugg Group in general and their engagement in China. They employ 2000 people in 20 countries and approximately 180 of them in China. The next presentation was about Brugg Ropes. Amongst other products they produce ropes for elevators, and as 60% of the world’s elevator market is in China, the main factory lies in Suzhou. The Rope division of Brugg has 37 employees in Suzhou and produces over 12’000km of cables per year. One of the buildings, which Brugg Ropes equipped with their products, is the very famous Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. The next part was a presentation about Brugg Cables China. Their 90 employees produce and test accessory for high voltage cables.

After all those presentations, we got the chance to have a look at the production sites. We got a tour through the cable factory and visited the high voltage accessory production and testing. Then we went back to the presentation room and got a short introduction to the Suhner Group. They are the biggest shareholder of the Brugg Group and work together very closely. In the next part, we got an insight to the new generation of lifting cables produced at Brugg. The Gen2-cables are coated with plastic (TPU) to receive a smaller bending radius and therefore save energy. Another improvement are belts, which are much lighter than cables and allow the elevators to cover a longer route in one step.

The last part of the visit was another tour through the factory. At Suhner we visited parts of the Transmission division, where they produce flexible shafts. Next, we got the opportunity to see how the belts are made. To finish the whole day, we had dinner in a great restaurant by the lake together with Urs Schnell and three other managing directors.

From Pasta to Rice Noodles – Visiting our Platinum Sponsor Bühler AG

By Yannick Godat

Time flies by very quickly and unfortunately, we already reached the last day of company visits. Today’s targets were this year’s sponsors Bühler AG and Brugg Cables.

The day started with a bus tour from Suzhou to Wuxi which took us about one hour. As soon as we arrived at our destination, we were warmly welcomed by the Head of Business Development Mr Jürgen Simon. Bühler AG is a traditional family owned business which exists already since more than 150 years and is active in over 140 countries. The company is market leader in processing grains, rice, cocoa and many other raw materials. Further, Bühler AG has a leading position in providing solutions of die-casting and surface-coating technologies.

Our visit was split into 4 parts. It all started with a short presentation about the company, its technologies and their products. Bühler AG interestingly follows the philosophy “Innovation for a better world” which reflects their corporate investment in sustainable production. The second part of our visit was a tour through the company’s facility. We had the chance to see many different areas such as the foundry, training center as well as the assembly line. Especially the training center was impressive. We saw many different machines such as a packing machine for Ferrero Rocher or the 4-level-miling-machine for which Bühler AG is well known all over the world. Then, the delegation had the chance to ask all questions which were left after the presentation and the tour in the third part of our visit. Not only Mr Jürgen was answering our questions, he invited also several experts from different sectors such as the head of HR at the headquarter or the head of commercials in China. The fourth and final part of our visit was a joint lunch with Bühler AG. We had the unique opportunity to enjoy a delicious noodle soup and some other dishes while networking with the experts of Bühler AG.

Thanks to Bühler AG the delegation of Insight China could enjoy a very interesting and informative morning.