ERJ staff report (DS)
Beijing -- China is calling for its machinery makers to upgrade their designs and equipment. Currently, said Li Dongping, Honorary Director of China's rubber machinery special committee, in an interview, China's rubber industry supplies around one third of the global market, but the majority of that is at the low-end of the market.
Li Dongping drew a parallel between China's beleaguered high speed rail industry and the rubber machinery segment, suggesting that the rubber machinery industry is seeking only to make the largest machines (650 litre mixers; 100-inch mills and 63-inch tyre building machines), whereas the focus should be on improved productivity, reliability and cycle times.
Li Dongping said although China's domestic industry is large, exports were worth only $180 million, representing only 2.9 perecnt of the global market.
Other speakers noted that the level of innovation in China's rubber amchinery industry is low, with significant developments coming largelt as a result of copying imported designs.
Another drawback of local machine makers, he noted, is the poor level of after-sales service
The report was published on the CRIA website and originally published in China Chemical Industry News.
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Report from CRIA (Chinese language)
Above report auto-translated from Chinese