NorthGlass: Pay respect to innovation, win honor for motherland! —— transferred from “Henan Daily”
As we know, Apple Park, Apple's spacecraft headquarters building is known as the “landing spacecraft” because of its advanced design. The building designed by Jobs, and it locates in Cupertino, California, USA, and covers an area of 260,000 square meters with a total cost of $5 billion, and many designs challenge the limits of human engineering.
In design, the building poses a huge challenge with the use of a lot of oversized building glasses. Among them, the size of the largest low emissivity insulating glass reaches 16 meters, using the world's most advanced tempering and low emissivity coated technology, with excellent indicators such as high strength and energy saving. The project has also become one of the most environmentally friendly sustainable projects. In particular, the two giant glass doors on the building, spanning four floors, reach 28 meters long and 16 meters wide, almost the size of a basketball court.
In the global bidding process, suppliers from 19 countries had fierce competition, Tianjin NorthGlass finally signed the 175- million- yuan order with Apple Inc., making more global peers praise China's glass deep processing technology.
National Center for the Performing Arts, Three Olympic Stadiums, Beijing Daxing International Airport, Global Apple Store, Huawei Global Flagship Store... and where there is fashionable curtain wall technology, where there are NorthGlass.
National Speed Skating Oval
China National Convention CenterⅡ
National Center for the Performing Arts
Why can NorthGlass popular all over the world?
Independent innovation is the cornerstone of enterprise growth
At the beginning of 1994, Gao Xueming, founder of NorthGlass, found that although the global tempering glass equipment was expensive, its level was not satisfactory during his business investigation abroad. It touched Gao greatly: “With such a long-term dependence on imports, China's glass deep processing industry will always be in a passive position. Why don't we develop it by ourselves?”
In order to devote himself to research and development, he resolutely quit his important position in a state-owned enterprise. Under his leadership, in less than a year, China's first “horizontal roller-type glass flat bent tempering electric furnace unit” came out, which caused a sensation in the whole industry. At that time, “China Building Materials News” and other media had published news, reporting that it fill the domestic gap and end China's long history of dependence on imports”. NorthGlass have realized the long-cherished wish of the national industry with their technology and wisdom.
While ending this history, NorthGlass accelerated the pace of research and innovation, and successively became the first glass deep processing equipment enterprise to carry independent research and development equipment to participate and sell abroad, and the first to successfully develop tempering production equipment for construction.
More than 20 years later, now, the flat bent glass tempering furnace has been sold to more than 100 countries and regions around the world, and its annual sales has ranked first in the world for 20 consecutive years. Saint-Gobain, Pilkington, AGC, Guardian, CSG, XYG, Fuyao, FGG, SYP, and other famous domestic and foreign enterprises are customers of NorthGlass.
Continuous innovation is the driving force for enterprises to grow continuously
How to build the core competitiveness of the global equipment and glass industry under the circumstances of fierce competition? Gao Li, the second header of NorthGlass, said: “Continuous innovation is the core driving force of the enterprise.”
Gao Li graduated from Zhejiang University in 2008, majoring in mechatronic engineering. Since 2009, he has been successively served as an engineer of engineering technology research and development center, international after-sales engineer, assistant president, general manager of the business division and vice president. Currently, he is the vice chairman and president of NorthGlass, and the general manager of the business division.
As a new generation of entrepreneurs, Gao Li has a deeper understanding of innovation and development, he led the enterprise to increase independent innovation, presided over the company technology research and development, product innovation and manufacturing process upgrade, ensure the annual R & D investment more than 6% of the sales revenue, the average over 70 million yuan / year, and 160 patents have been applied for in the past three years. Under his leadership, NorthGlass adheres to the concept of “patents and achievements must be transformed into value”, the patent layout is refined and pragmatic, and the patent implementation rate is as high as 100%, which effectively drives the upgrading and transformation of the enterprise and creates great economic value for the enterprise.
Since Gao Li served as president in 2015, his technical team has applied for 331 patents, including 82 invention patents.
Gao Li said that from the successful research and development of China's first horizontal roller tempering furnace, to tempering equipment sales exceeded 5000, from the development of super-large specification glass tempering furnace to the final product application to many world-class engineering, and now, in the field of prefabricated building of new wall material “silicon nest” lightweight microcrystalline, which changed the traditional cognition of existing curtain wall products. In basic materials, production process, product application three dimensions, NorthGlass fill the industry blank, and has brought changes to the glass and building materials industry in China and even the world.
On the 25th anniversary of NorthGlass, the 5000th tempering furnace of NorthGlass was put into production
Talent team is the source of continuous innovation
NorthGlass with continuous innovation know the importance of talent.
The company has more than 300 research personnel, covering high-quality workers, engineers, and has trained a lot of high-quality research and development, design, processing, manufacturing and after-sales staff over the years, which can fully meet the needs of new product technology and technology. The teams’ innovation and fighting are the guarantee of the company's continuous development. Gao Qi, vice president of NorthGlass and general manager of Tianjin NorthGlass, also won the “Golden Award for Technology Innovation and Industry Promotion Person in Building Door and Windows Curtain Wall Industry”.
Company with strong technology research and development strength and excellent facilities, independently researched and developed and manufactured the core competitiveness of glass tempering equipment, glass coated equipment, high-end deep processing glass products, and further expanded the fan products, glass deep processing automatic wire, glass cutting equipment, storage system, etc., currently has more than 300 models of product category.
Gao Li said: “the history of entrepreneurship, development of NorthGlass is a history of innovation, fighting, from nonexistence to existence, from existence to fine, from fine to the world leading, every step without innovation, our Henan enterprises should pay more attention to innovation, the government encourages innovation, the whole society advocates innovation, making Henan the birthland of innovation and development.”