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good that its progressing, but all things aside, it has a long way to go to emulate India for IT services, and we could possibly see a retrenchment of these services offshored in an edeavour to protect jobs, as they can be quickly implemented. However the domestic market in China could be very big in due course
I believe China is less exposed to Financial crisis than India software company they are the one that is catering to the big financial company like Bear stern and Lehman brother
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Business software application development,has never really developed, in Japan South Korea, Taiwan, to big international status, lets hope China can overcome the problems which prevented this from happening.


Business software application development,has never really developed, in Japan South Korea, Taiwan, to big international status, lets hope China can overcome the problems which prevented this from happening.
Well that because in China the finance sector is conservative and has no use of derivative product. But manufacturing is China strength. And here we see plenty of talent. Here is one of them

Scientist's hi-tech dreams come true


They can teach kids English and clean houses when the host is not at home. They can help fix cars and set up the wind power equipment in dangerous situations you wouldn't send a worker to. They can carry heavy goods and fix tiny chips in a vacuum.

All of this can be done by robots made in China. If you want to see an example of how China is moving from a world factory to a hi-tech producer, you can pay a visit to the workshop of SIASUN Robot & Automation Co Ltd in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province.

The real stars of this factory are the robots. Some of them have giant crane-like claws, which look like massive metal monsters in a science fiction movie on a mission to kidnap humans.

But some of them are tiny, around 60 cm high, with the intelligence of a two-year-old child, greeting you and asking for your name.

"Is it like a scene from the film Terminator?"said Qu Daokui, the firm's 48-year-old president.

Robotic prowess

Before establishing the company, Qu, a senior scientist, had already notched up a number of achievements in robotics and automation. He is also the deputy director of the National Engineering Research Center on Robotics, a professor and a doctoral tutor.

When it comes to the robotics industry in China, Qu's company is where the magic happens.

Established in 2000, SIASUN Robot & Automation is the only national robotics engineering research center possessing independent intellectual property rights and key technology.

Affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the company has a 90 percent share of the domestic robot market with sales of 880 million yuan in 2008, and a 50 percent increase in its profit margin year-on-year.

SIASUN also occupies 30 percent of the industrial robot market in China and the trend is growing.

The company was ratified by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Science and Technology as a "National Robot Engineering Research Center", a "National '863' Program Intellectual Robot Industrialization Base", and a "National High-tech Research Result Industrialization Base".

Lucky break

SIASUN was the first robotics enterprise to pass the ISO9001 International Quality Assurance System verification in China and was ranked 48th in the "Chinese Top 100 Potentials" by Forbes in 2005.

Qu became CEO of SIASUN in 2000 at the age of 39 after studying robotics for almost 20 years.

"SIASUN's strategic goal is to take advanced manufacturing technology as the core to develop into an internationally advanced equipment supplier and hi-tech industry group with strong competitiveness," Qu said.

Born in a coastal city in east China's Shandong province, Qu used to dream of becoming a scientist.

In 1982, after undergraduate studies in Jilin University in Changchun, he continued his studies at Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA) with Jiang Xinsong, who is regarded as "the father of robotics in China".

"It is a great pleasure to do what I am always interested in," Qu said. "I started to study it because I love robots."

Qu spent the early 1990s in the lab of Universitaet des Saarlandes in Germany studying automation and robot science.

As the winner of the National Award for Excellent Young Researchers in China and a recipient of the Young Scientist Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he expected to devote his life to science.

Still, Qu saw signs of a blossoming industry as Germany, Japan and other countries invested in the robotics industry.

After he returned to China in 1993, he made up his mind to commercially develop robotics and automation technology in China.

"To commercialize the new technology, we needed to seize the right time," said Qu, chuckling at what he says was a rise marked by lucky breaks and good timing.

Before 2000, the domestic market was dominated by multinational robot and automation companies like ABB Robotics from Switzerland, FANUC and Yaskawa from Japan and other firms from Germany and USA, and China's leaders were eager to reduce the country's dependence on imported robots.

In addition, some imported robotic equipment failed to fully meet the needs of Chinese manufacturing companies, which provided another opportunity for the domestic robotics industry.

Business challenge

In the early 1990s, Qu seized an opportunity when Shenyang Brilliance Jinbei Automobile Company encountered a technical problem that slowed down the installation of engines on its assembly line.

To solve this problem, Qu adapted a development AGV assembly system. In addition to moving forward, backward, left, right and turning, the system can also lift an engine and install it in a car in less than two minutes.

Last year, the company's independently-developed AGV system for automobile assembly line won the GM global procurement bid and was exported to Mexico, India, Russia and Canada.

"GM still contacts us regarding the further application of our products since our system is indispensable in making cars," Qu said, reaffirming that the company is not feeling the impact of the global economic slowdown.

The headquarters of SIASUN Robot & Automation Co, Ltd in Shenyang. Company
Qu, a fan of travel and photography who enjoys playing PS2 computer games with his son, likes making like-minded friends and discussing trends in the robotics industry with his counterparts worldwide.

He has invited world famous partners and experts in the robotics and automation industry to the company to exchange ideas and experiences on research and development.

Despite his science background, Qu talks like a hardheaded businessman, and people in the industry say he is an able entrepreneur who quickly responds to the market and the worlds of technology and finance.

"We have realized that by utilizing each resource, we have achieved more," Qu said.

As a smart businessman, Qu doesn't put all of his eggs in one basket.

SIASUN's 600-strong workforce at four branches and four research centers has developed logistics and storage automation systems, clean room automation equipment, rail transit automation and energy equipment.

Now, they serve thousands of customers in the engineering, electronics, electrical appliance, tobacco, and chemical industries, with all of the firm's technology developed in-house.

As a seasoned CEO, Qu exudes confidence. He never gives any sign that he is concerned that he might not make it. "I just need to prioritize the tasks and delegate the right person to do the job."

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U.S., Chinese scientists build nanorobot

by Staff Writers
New York (UPI) Feb 16, 2009
U.S. and Chinese scientists say they've created a two-armed nanorobot that can manipulate molecules within a device built from DNA.
Researchers at New York University and China's Nanjing University said the programmable unit allows researchers to capture and maneuver patterns on a scale that is unprecedented.

New York University Professor Nadrian Seeman, one of the study's co-authors, said the two-armed nanorobotic device enables the creation of new DNA structures, thereby potentially serving as a factory for assembling the building blocks of new materials. With that capability, it has the potential to develop new synthetic fibers, advance the encryption of information and improve DNA-scaffolded computer assembly, he said.

In the two-armed nanorobotic device, the arms face each other, ready to capture molecules that make up a DNA sequence. Using set strands that bind to its molecules, the arms are then able to change the structure of the device. This changes the sticky ends available to capture a new pattern component.

The researchers said their device performs with 100 percent accuracy, as confirmed by atomic force microscopy that permits features a few billionths of a meter to be visualized.

The research that included Nanjing Professor Shou-Jun Xiao and graduate students Hongzhou Gu and Jie Chao, is reported in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.


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"U.S., Chinese scientists build nanorobot"

I smell the Borg here.

Or the Replicators.


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this is kind of interesting, it talks about a domestic version of a 5 axis machining center produced by a Beijing company called XKH-400. Shenyang Liming uses this machine to produce engine blades. just an indication of the progress made by cnc industry in China.





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Desktop supercomputer.

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Chinese-made one trillion ops per second desktop computer launched
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China's first desktop supercomputer that can perform over 1 trillion calculations per second, "Yitian," was formally launched on March 2.

The computer, developed by the Inspur Group, is the size of normal desktop computer, with a maximum computing speed of four trillion operations per second, equal to 40 servers or 200 personal computers. Its cost is one-fifth of a traditional high-performance computing system retailing at around 50,000 yuan. Its launch will advance China's scientific research computation's entrance into the "popularization era of computing speeds over one trillion operations per second."

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China's first jumbo jet C919 to take off in 8 years

7 Mar 2009, 2252 hrs IST, PTI

BEIJING: China will have it's own jumbo jet within eight years and will be named C919, state media reported on Saturday.

190 seater C919 will be the largest passenger plane produced in the country and will take off in about eight years, official news agency Xinhua said.

With this plane china will be ready to take on Airbus and Boeing dominated international market for jumbo jet.

"The name also reflects our determination to compete in the international market for jumbo jet. C919 comes after Airbus and Boeing, so you will have ABC in the aviation industry," Wu, deputy general manager of COMAC, the manufacturer of C919, said.

"C represents China as well as COMAC, the abbreviation for Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd," Wu said adding that the first 9 in the name implies "forever" in Chinese culture, while 19 means the first jumbo jet produced by China will have 190 seats.

China is willing to encourage foreign suppliers to enter into partnership with Chinese manufacturers on this project and will choose suppliers of engines, airborne equipment, and materials through international bidding.

"We will choose foreign-manufactured products like engines at the beginning phase, but we will also independently do the research and manufacturing work at the same time," Wu said.


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China making inroads into the top end of semiconductor equipment market.

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China-based AMEC to supply etchers for TSMC 45nm production

Staff reporter, Shanghai; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES [Friday 27 February 2009]

China's Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC) has cut into the supply chain of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) 12-inch fabs, with its 45nm etcher, which is in the process of verification, with volume shipments expected in the second half of this year, industry sources have revealed.

AMEC has recently set up a branch office in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

In addition, the China equipment maker is collaborating with Korean memory vendors to develop its first-generation equipment tools for 32nm production, according to the sources.

Company general manager Michael Chu has said that AMEC has secured equipment orders for 65nm and 45nm production from first-tier semiconductor players, and its equipment for 32nm node has been under development with customers.

AMEC reportedly has supplied 12-inch equipment to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China's largest wafer foundry house. AMEC, considered to be one of China's fastest growing equipment suppliers, has drawn investment from Qualcomm and KLA-Tencor, as well as venture capital firms Walden International, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Redpoint Venture.

AMEC raised US$58 million in Series C funding in October 2008, according to the company.


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China's big radiation light source project to be commissioned in April

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The photo taken on March 16, 2009 shows the interior of the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF) project in Shanghai, east China. The 1.2 billion yuan (175 million U.S. dollars) synchrotron radiation project in Shanghai will be completed and put into use in late April, researchers said on Sunday. The SSRF is a third-generation synchrotron radiation light source that will serve as great tools for Chinese scientific research and industry community. (Xinhua/Pei Xin)
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SHANGHAI, March 15 (Xinhua) -- A 1.2 billion yuan (175 million U.S. dollars) synchrotron radiation project in east China's Shanghai will be completed and put into use in late April, researchers said Sunday.

The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF) project is a key scientific research and technology development platform in China. The project began construction in December 2004 in Shanghai's Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park.

Researchers do experiment at the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF) project in Shanghai, east China, March 16, 2009. (Xinhua/Pei Xin)
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The SSRF is a third-generation of synchrotron radiation light source that will serve as great tools for Chinese scientific research and industry community.

The project has built seven beam lines and experimental stations for research and development in life science, new materials, physics and biochemical projects, according to the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, SSRF's major participant.

Up to now, the Shanghai institute has received more than 140 applications to work for SSRF from research staff from around 60 domestic colleges and institutes.
TV grab shows a hard X-ray photo of a live locust taken with the synchrotron radiation light source in Shanghai on March 14, 2009. Even minute vessels in locust antennae can be oberserved and respiratory organs seen clearly, which otherwise cann't be achieved with a traditional X-ray machine. Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, SSRF, is a third-generation of synchrotron radiation light source. Up to now, SSRF is the biggest scientific platform for science research and technology development in China. The synchrotron radiation was firstly observed in synchrotron accelerator in 1947. When a circulating electron beam is deflected by the bending magnets in a storage ring, an intense flux of electromagnetic radiation, called synchrotron radiation, is produced. (Xinhuanet Photo)
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