Smart Automation Group in Jiaxing, China

The 3rd Smart Automation Group Summit was hosted by JULI, at its new headquarters facility in Jiaxing, China. The two-day meeting took place on Oct. 24th to and Oct. 25th, 2017 where a total of 12 participants from each partner’s companies, attended the meeting:

From Eclipse AutomationSteve Mai – President & CEO | Steve Wood – Global Collaboration Director

From INSYS Industriesysteme AGMartin Pfister – President & CEO Marc Luginbühl – Head of Sales | Stefan Buchler – CFO

From Transmoduls, Ltd.Marton Maar – CEO | Lajos Sari – CEO | Zsolt Hargitai – Senior Sales Manager

From ITE: Rene Scheurer – General Manager

From JULI /SMZ Wickel- und Montagetechnik AG: Rpining Zhang – General Manager | Toni Lang – CEO | Michael Kofliski – Business Development Manager

Following the kick-off summit in September 2016 at Eclipse Automation in Canada and the second at Insys Industriesysteme AG in Switzerland in May, 2017, the objective of this SAG Summit was to review the partnership’s overall global strategy, presentation of key findings on partners’ activities and strategies, followed by a brief overview of initiatives’ status, to enhance synergy within the Smart Automation Group.

On the first day of the meeting, discussions focused on the current global Smart Automation Group strategy, its outcome and partner’s contributions/actions for improvement. The main topics discussed involved: key findings on the strategic model, purchasing agreements and future action plan definition. Tours of JULI’s new facilities and a joint dinner held in Jiaxing, Moon River were also included in the agenda for day one.

The second day focused on the Sales and Marketing opportunities within the partnership, highlighting the current communications  and action plan for the Smart Automation Group, including an international market outlook, setting of  priorities and joint projects in order to develop new global business opportunities. These were followed by financial updates and discussions on trends in the global electric mobility/vehicle technology market. The meeting ended with a strategic analysis of new technology companies becoming members or associates of the Smart Automation Group.

All partners re-affirmed the importance of taking a team-oriented approach, which significantly increases the overall capabilities of the group and the exchange of industry expertise and know-how.

Strategies developed at the meeting and the cohesive communication between the partners, resulted in the identification of priorities for future cooperation. The next Smart Automation Group Global Summit is expected to take place in Hungary in June, 2018, hosted by SAG partner Transmoduls, Kft.

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