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19 June 2015

LiuGong opens new Global R&D Center in Liuzhou

First published18/06/2015
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LiuGong has staged the inauguration of its new Global Research and Development Center in Liuzhou, southern China.

The inauguration emphasises the internationally renowned Chinese construction equipment manufacturer’s long-term commitment to product innovation and future technology.

Yesterday's showpiece event was attended by LiuGong's top executive team along with leading domestic political  and international construction equipment manufacturing industry figures including Xue Yiping, vice chairman of China Machinery Industry Federation; Zheng Junkang, party secretary of Liuzhou; Xie Naitang, head of Guangxi Science and Technology department; David Phillips, managing director Off-Highway Research; Li Peigen, academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; and Hermann Beck, senior executive vice president, Industrial Technology Division, ZF Friedrichshafen. Other notable VIPs and distinguished dealers and customers were also present.

The new US$43.4 million 110,000m² Global R&D Center will expand LiuGong’s R&D capability and is a major milestone. With the world-class hardware in the new facility, a state of the art testing platform, modern manufacturing plant, as well as the 1,000+ top quality technical team, LiuGong says it has entered a new era of R&D.

Zeng Guang’an, chairman of LiuGong Group, said: ‘‘R&D is the nucleus of the future and the ability to be innovative is an uppermost priority for the future. At LiuGong, R&D has always been major focus. The new centre is a significant commitment to future technology, with many more scientific and technological advances being made. We are confident it will provide all tools we need to become the game-changing company in the construction equipment industry.”

Xue Yiping, vice chairman of China Machinery Industry Federation, said: "The newly opened R&D center shares the responsibility to break the bottleneck of technology development for the CE industry. As a leading player in the CE industry, LiuGong is uniquely qualified to help the whole industry to speed up the technology upgrade and to make independent innovations.”

“Liuzhou is one of the best places to live, work and invest in China,” said Zheng Junkang, party secretary of Liuzhou. “LiuGong is one of the most prominent brands in the CE industry and its home based is here in Liuzhou. The company makes outstanding contributions to the city. Today’s announcement that they are opening a new research and development centre is proof that the city breathes prosperity and embraces open innovation.”

Xie Naitang, head of Guangxi Science and Technology department, said: "I hope LiuGong can serve as a role model for CE industry and continue to enhance the capability for independent innovation. Based on the newly opened R&D center, I believe LiuGong can compete with the leading market players in the world and win in the long run.”

The new R&D Center will initially focus on major research, development and testing for LiuGong’s lines of wheeled loaders, excavators and graders. One of the first projects will be the completion of research and development, as well as testing the latest models of H Series wheeled loaders.

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