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Issue 1 2014(March Edition)

Tips on how to be a Smart City

Source:      Date:2015-04-13      Editor:     

Enriching user experience and beefing up research and development investment hold the key if mainland manufacturers were to bridge the gap with the world's leading players, says the regional chief of Southco, a leading global access hardware solutions provider.

This is especially important as the industry's trend of embracing the "smart city" concept has brought opportunities for the factory of the world as well as challenges.

"Small touches do make a big difference," says Mike Zhang, managing director of Asia Pacific Southco Asia Ltd.

As a diversified supplier serving more than 100,000 clients and employing some 3,000 staff in 18 countries, Southco first tapped the mainland market in 2001 with its largest facility manned by about 900 employees in Shenzhen.

"In the Asia Pacific region, we need to educate manufacturers about what kind of luxury experience a product can bestow on customers," he said, illustrating whether the glove box, a small part of an automobile, is in the nuance of good quality by opening slowly or in a snap.

"Many leading European automakers have long been aware of such an experience, and we're glad to see some major players on the mainland having come to realize the real significance of it," Zhang said.

Although some business models remain unclear, Zhang predicts that the irresistible trend towards "smart cities" on the mainland will unleash huge growth potential.

"However, the underlying complexity of the standardization process will be a challenge in fully exploiting the momentum," he said, explaining that only when market participants can establish a set of standards, manufacturers would be able to cut production costs and improve efficiency across the segments.

Zhang said mainland enterprises, when "going out" to compete with global competitors, should maintain its innovation to stay afloat in the competition, and have management capability to integrate technologies acquired by mergers and acquisitions overseas.

He referred to a benchmark level that enables the world's largest manufacturers to stand out.

"They would invest 5 to 8 percent of their annual revenue in research and development, while others would only allocate less than 2 percent of their resources to deliver better innovative products."

"That's the challenge many mainland manufactures have to face," he said. "And, we are here to help by entering the design circle beforehand and fully integrate with the manufacturing process."

"Many leading European automakers have long been aware of such an experience, and we're glad to see some major players on the mainland having come to realize the real significance of it," Zhang said.

Although some business models remain unclear, Zhang predicts that the irresistible trend towards "smart cities" on the mainland will unleash huge growth potential.

"However, the underlying complexity of the standardization process will be a challenge in fully exploiting the momentum," he said, explaining that only when market participants can establish a set of standards, manufacturers would be able to cut production costs and improve efficiency across the segments.

Zhang said mainland enterprises, when "going out" to compete with global competitors, should maintain its innovation to stay afloat in the competition, and have management capability to integrate technologies acquired by mergers and acquisitions overseas.

He referred to a benchmark level that enables the world's largest manufacturers to stand out.

"They would invest 5 to 8 percent of their annual revenue in research and development, while others would only allocate less than 2 percent of their resources to deliver better innovative products."

"That's the challenge many mainland manufactures have to face," he said. "And, we are here to help by entering the design circle beforehand and fully integrate with the manufacturing process."



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