Promising Future for Prefabricated Building in China - Strengthening of Sino-German cooperation in building industrialization

2014-06-26

The "Sino-German Sustainable Building Industrialization Roundtable", held on June 25, 2014, in Shanghai, assisted a promising future for prefabricated building in China.


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It served as a premium platform for German and Chinese experts as well as high-level Chinese government representatives and representatives of the industry's leading companies to exchange knowledge and experience, and set the basis for more exchange in the coming years. Over 120 delegates attended the event, which was jointly hosted by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai and the Science & Technology Committee of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Construction. JKEA and VNU Exhibitions Asia together organized the Roundtable and econet china | German Industry & Commerce Greater China served as co-organizer.

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High attendance at the Sino-German Sustainable Building Industrialization Roundtable

The ballroom of Kerry Hotel Pudong was full to the last place as Mr. Stefan Möbs, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai, gave his welcome remark. Mr. Möbs asserted the importance of energy-efficient and prefabricated building in Shanghai: "Energy-efficiency is now a buzzword, economically as well as politically." According to Mr. Möbs, German companies can help the Chinese building industrialization market to ensure innovation and sustainable development. "German companies are leaders in the green tech market."

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Mr. Stefan Möbs, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai.

Following Mr. Möbs' welcome remark, Mr. Liu Qianwei, Chief Engineer of the Shanghai Urban Construction and Communication Commission welcomed the participants from his side. Mr. Liu emphasized that the percentage of prefabricated buildings constructed in China is rising every year. In fact in 2013, 20 percent of all buildings in Shanghai were already prefabricated. It is expected that the share of green buildings will increase further, constituting 25 percent in 2014 and 30 percent in 2015. Mr. Liu concluded: "A golden age of industrialized building is expected.

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Mr. Liu Qianwei, Chief Engineer of the Shanghai Urban Construction and Communication Commission

Mr. Christoph Angerbauer, General Manager of the German Industry & Commerce Shanghai, in his welcome speech referred to the great potential for cooperation between Chinese and German companies in the field of building industrialization. "We are convinced that German quality, innovative technology, machinery and experience in the area of building industrialization can contribute a great deal in China."

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Mr. Christoph Angerbauer, General Manager of the German Industry & Commerce Shanghai

Mr. Tian Wei, Director of the Technology Center of Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group,gave the keynote presentation on "Building Industrialization Technology Route Shanghai", saying that the biggest challenge of building industrialization in China was to integrate the design, manufacture and the construction phase in order to make prefabricated buildings more efficient. The current industry regulations and technology standards cannot cover the holistic system for design, manufacture, construction, acceptance and maintenance for building industrialization, thus this compatibility issue is also a big obstacle for scaling up the prefabrication. He moreover emphasized that it’s essential to adopt building information modeling(BIM) to facilitate the process of generating three-dimensional, digital representation of building data throughout its life cycle. His conclusion was promising for the prefabricated building industry: "Building industrialization in China will reform the whole building industry is and a good opportunity to improve the quality of buildings in China."

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Mr. Tian Wei, Director of the Technology Center of Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group.

The moderator, Mr. Zhang Yanping, President of the Shanghai Research Institution of Building Science, emphasized that Shanghai is rapidly moving forward in the field of building industrialization. He said that it would be useful to adapt the technologies and experiences from Europe to the situation in Shanghai.

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Mr. Zhang Yanping, President of the Shanghai Research Institution of Building Science

He introduced Mr. Bernhard Leitner, International Sales Director of Nemetschek Engineering GmbH and Mr. Fan Hua, Deputy Chief Engineer of Baoye Group, who gave a case study on Sino-German Technology Cooperation as well as on the Prefabricated Construction Industry in Germany. They agreed that good cooperation is a must in order to implement efficient building industrialization. Taking up on their remarks, it was suggested in the following Q&A and roundtable discussion that a platform for cooperation should be established, which would bring together China's needs and German technology support.

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Mr. Bernhard Leitner, International Sales Director of Nemetschek Engineering GmbH and Mr. Fan Hua, Deputy Chief Engineer of Baoye Group


The roundtable was concluded by Mr. Mao Daben, Managing Director of VNU Exhibitions Asia. He gave an outlook for this autumn, when the 2014 Shanghai International Building Industrialization Exhibition (BIC 2014) will take place on October 12-16 at Shanghai New international Exposition Centre and will be concurrently held with the first Chinese edition of BetonTage. BetonTage is the most influential precast conference in Europe and will come to Asia for the first time. It aims to become the ultimate platform for 500 delegates from China and abroad. Overall, a fruitful exchange is expected.

China started its research on building industrialization in the 1950s, yet it is only since 2013 that the Shanghai Municipal Government published a series of policy papers and guidelines on the further promotion of building industrialization in the region. Germany on the other hand has long been known as the leader in the research and practice of building industrialization globally, and it is also known for a number of successful projects. The German building industrialization sector encompasses architectural design, engineering design, production techniques, logistics and transportation, construction and installation, accessories as well as automation and information systems. This is certainly an area where Germany can share its experience with China.

For the background on building industrialization in China, please read the econet china i-sheet.



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