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Varian set to ride the sustained expo wave for growth

Photo taken on Nov 2, 2020 shows the south square of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), the main venue for the 3rd China International Import Expo, in East China’s Shanghai. [Photo/Xinhua]

Editor’s Note: Three years have passed since the first edition of the China International Import Expo. This new series of stories highlights the achievements and changes that enterprises have attained or experienced because of their participation in the annual event.

Buoyed by the positive impact of taking part in the China International Import Expo, Varian Medical Systems, a United States-based maker of devices and software for cancer treatment, is planning to expand its manufacturing facility in Beijing to better serve demands in the Chinese market.

“Our participation in the CIIE over the past three years has reinforced our confidence in the Chinese market,” said Zhang Xiao, vice-president of Varian and head of operations in China.

According to the company, the expansion, which would be operational in July, will strengthen its research and development and talent cultivation capabilities in artificial intelligence, big data and the internet of things technologies, as well as boost export volume by 40 percent.

“We have introduced both advanced products and production lines to the Chinese market to better serve domestic customers,” said Zhang.

Last year, the company displayed its ProBeam 360° Proton Therapy System, which features a powerful particle accelerator that can be used to treat cancer, at the third CIIE in November in Shanghai.

During the expo, Varian also signed an agreement to provide the system to the proton therapy center of Wuhan Union Hospital in Hubei province.

The company also credits the second edition of the CIIE for helping drive sales of its TrueBeam system, an advanced radiotherapy system integrating advanced imaging and motion management technologies.

“The number of newly diagnosed cancer cases will be about 25 million by 2030. Sadly, only about half of these patients will have access to appropriate technologies for treatment,” said Dow Wilson, CEO of Varian.

Wilson said a huge challenge ahead is that demand for skilled clinicians far outweighs supply. By 2035, 150,000 new technicians, physicians and physicists will be required to deliver the care needed globally.

“We believe by bringing people, technology and data together, we can develop a fully integrated and smarter way to fight cancer, and CIIE has enabled so many productive dialogs for us with essential players in the healthcare and cancer care industries, with important policymakers and the public,” he said.

Data showed the company signed more than 40 memorandums of understanding in 2019, more than half of which have become contracts for technology and services.

“More radiotherapy professionals in China are being empowered by our latest technologies to help their patients beat cancer, survive longer and live better lives,” Zhang said.

Thanks to China’s opening-up, Varian, which entered the Chinese market in 1983, has made several significant advances in radiation oncology.

“The CIIE happens to be a catalyst more than others to stimulate the dual-circulation development for the company and the industry, therefore benefiting more patients,” Zhang said.

“We see a promising future for China’s economy and industrial chains and will increase investment in the domestic market to promote the globalization of the high-end medical equipment industrial chain in the country,” said Zhang.

Wuhan has a plum of a tourist attraction

Plum trees are in bloom at East Lake Plum Garden in Wuhan, Hubei province, which has been attracting 15,000 tourist visits daily. [Photo by Wang Bin/For chinadaily.com.cn]

More than 20,000 plum trees in more than 340 varieties are in full bloom at the East Lake Plum Garden in Wuhan, Hubei province.

In recent weeks, the garden has attracted around 15,000 tourist visits per day.

The garden at East Lake is the biggest plum research center in China, covering an area of more than 53 hectares and features the greatest variety in the world.

The blooming scene has attracted lots of photographers and photo hobbyists to take pictures at the garden, as well as people who are fans of traditional Han clothes and cheongsam to enjoy the early spring in traditional Chinese outfits.

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, reservations are required. Tourists must show reservation barcodes at the entrance and have their body temperature checked.

Tang Ziye contributed to the story.

Testing at smart satellite factory now underway

An attendee looks at a model of a Beidou Navigation Satellite at an expo in Shenyang, Liaoning province, in September, 2020. HUANG JINKUN/FOR CHINA DAILY

Construction of China’s first smart manufacturing plant for satellites has been completed in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, and it is scheduled to be ready to commence production in March, its owner said.

CASIC Space Engineering Development, a Wuhan-based subsidiary of State-owned defense giant China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, said on Sunday that construction of the plant, in Xinzhou district’s Wuhan National Space Industry Base, and installation of its equipment were finished on Dec 30.

Engineers and technicians have been testing and fine-tuning its apparatus since then and are expected to complete that work in March, when the facility will become ready for production, the company said.

Zou Guangbao, general manager of CASIC Space Engineering Development, said that design and construction of the plant, the first of its kind in China, took 429 days. When it reaches full manufacturing capacity, it will be capable of making 240 small satellites a year.

Liu Feng, one of the plant’s project managers, said building a satellite involves dozens of steps, ranging from component installation and satellite assembly to electronic and mechanical tests, and the current production method requires all of them to be carried out manually.

“By comparison, our plant uses robots to perform major steps, which means we can improve the average manufacturing efficiency for satellites by more than 40 percent,” Liu said.

Plans previously published by CASIC Space Engineering Development said the initial task of the new plant will be to produce small satellites to realize CASIC’s Hongyun program, which aims to operate a network of more than 150 communications satellites.

The program, begun by CASIC in September 2016, will establish a satellite system to provide broadband internet connectivity to users around the world, especially those in underserved regions.

The first Hongyun satellite was launched atop a Long March 11 carrier rocket in December 2018 from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China.

The spacecraft has executed hundreds of communication experiments and other technical tests and generated a great deal of data and images, designers said. It has also conducted China’s first technology demonstration tests involving the use of a low-orbiting satellite in 5G communication and internet-of-things services.

In addition to the satellite plant, a manufacturing complex for CASIC’s Kuaizhou-series carrier rockets has begun first-phase operation at the 68.8-square-kilometer Wuhan National Space Industry Base, the country’s first commercial space industry hub.

The rocket complex includes factories, testing facilities, office buildings and a power station. CASIC said it has an initial production capacity of 20 Kuaizhou-series solid-propellant rockets a year.

Liu Kun in Wuhan contributed to this story.

Spillway tunnels for Chinese mega hydropower project completed

An aerial view of the construction site of the Baihetan hydropower station, the world’s second-largest hydropower project, which is located on the border of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. [Photo/Xinhua]

KUNMING – The construction of the Baihetan hydropower station in southwest China is proceeding smoothly, with the main part of the spillway tunnel project completed on Saturday.

The hydropower station is equipped with three spillway tunnels, with a maximum discharge capacity of about 12,000 cubic meters per second and a flow speed of about 47 meters per second.

Baihetan is on the Jinsha River, the upper section of the Yangtze, straddling the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan. Baihetan is the second-largest in China after the Three Gorges Dam project in the central province of Hubei in terms of installed capacity.

The first batch of Baihetan’s generating units is scheduled to start operation in July 2021. The mega power station is expected to generate more than 62 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year on average after its completion and will play a vital role in reducing emissions and preventing floods.