Rockwell Automation enters partnership with Chinese province

Nov. 3, 2008

Milwaukee — Rockwell Automation has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Hebei Provincial Development and Reform Commission. The agreement will allow both sides to cooperate on projects that help save energy, reduce emissions, protect the environment and achieve a sustainable economy. First vice governor of Hebei province, Fu Zhifang, and chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, Keith Nosbusch, participated in the signing ceremony.

"We believe this forward-thinking strategic partnership with the Hebei provincial government will lead to cleaner, more modern and energy-efficient manufacturing and help give the province a leading position in sustainable industrial development,” said Nosbusch. “China is one of the most important markets for Rockwell Automation, and the opportunity to work with the Hebei government will help foster our continued growth in that country."

Under the agreement, Rockwell Automation will use its industrial automation technology, control and information solutions to help develop greater manufacturing efficiencies in Hebei’s key industries, including metals, oil and gas, power, cement and water treatment. Additionally, Rockwell Automation will explore opportunities to cooperate with Hebei-area universities, enterprises and research and design institutes to perform technical research projects and technical training in order to research, develop and apply automation, information and energy efficiency products.

"As one of the most important industrial provinces in northern China, Hebei has great demand for the world-leading technology that Rockwell Automation can provide to upgrade our traditional industries,” said Zhifang. “We look forward to a close relationship with Rockwell Automation, and we are eager to see the Hebei province set the standard that other provinces will aspire to when pursuing sustainability goals.”

The first area the partnership will address is energy efficiency. Rockwell Automation technologies and applications are proven solutions to help reduce energy consumption. With Hebei’s energy consumption ranked second in China and a GDP reaching nearly US$200 billion, there are many opportunities for positive results to help the province achieve its sustainability goals and make it a model for other Chinese cities.