Following Belt and Road’s Step, Hong Kong Welding Competition Shines Brilliantly

                  ----2017 2nd Hong Kong Welding Professional Skills Competition

After the 1st Hong Kong Welding Professional Skills Competition held successfully last year, Hong Kong Welding Industry Employees Association and Hong Kong Construction Industry Council jointly held the 2017 2nd Hong Kong Welding Professional Skills Competition. The Opening Ceremony was held at the Aberdeen Process Testing Center of Hong Kong Construction Industry Council on December 3rd, 2017. Deputy secretary of Development Bureau (works) Ms. Lin Jinping (JP), Electrical and Mechanical Services Department director general Mr. Xue Yongheng (JP), Legislative Council member Ms. Mai Meijuan (BBS, JP), President of Welding Industry Employees Association Mr. Cai Yibiao, Director of Training & Development of Construction Industry Council Engineer Liang Weixiong attended the Opening Ceremony. Dr. Liu Zhenying was also invited to attend the Opening Ceremony and deliver a speech.

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The president of Welding Industry Employees Association delivered a welcome speech and expressed our hopes of getting more social concern through this competition, prompting government and related training institutions to provide diversity training, including skills upgrading courses and high voltage welder training courses, so as to make the welders to be more skilled.

Following the direction of national policy, Belt and Road program involves a number of infrastructure and railway construction in the future, which also provides many opportunities for Hong Kong industries. International Alliance of Skills Development (IASDBR) president Dr. Liu Zhenying said at the Opening Ceremony: “Through the efforts of all colleagues, the Hong Kong Welding Professional Skills Competition has built a platform for competitors to exchange skills, to promote better understanding and enhance cooperation in the industry.” Dr. Liu Zhenying hopes that Hong Kong could hold Skills Competition with IASDBR jointly in the future. IASDBR is an international communication platform for technical exchanges, talent flow, standards coordination, skills training and certification in different Countries around the world. It aims to promote the development of education, skills, training, certification, and occupational skills standards in different Countries around the world, to integrate skills development resources such as education, capital, projects, manpower, information, services in different countries, to cultivate international highly technical and skilled professionals, and to promote infrastructure construction and global industrialization development process in different Countries.

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International Alliance of Skills Development (IASDBR) President Dr. Liu Zhenying Delivered a Speech at the Opening Ceremony

The competition also received strong support from Hong Kong Government. Deputy Secretary of Development Bureau (works) Ms. Lin Jinping (JP) drew out the designated welding positions for the competition at the Opening Ceremony. Electrical and Mechanical Services Department Director General Mr. Xue Yongheng (JP) delivered a speech, and he believes that Hong Kong still has a lot of building and construction projects in the future, including the airport Three Runways and the Central Kowloon Route and so on. Moreover, old system needs to be repaired and updated. It is believed that the demand for excellent welding professionals is still very high and the future of this industry is bright.

The Director of Training & Development of Hong Kong Construction Industry Council Mr. Liang Weixiong pointed out that outsiders may misunderstand that welding is just a matter of combining two pieces of work without distinction, but in fact it is a kind of delicate craft. Therefore, the competition provides an opportunity for the public to understand this kind of skill and provides an excellent example of welding technicians for the industry as well.

The competition was held at the Aberdeen Process Testing Center of Hong Kong Construction Industry Council from Dec. 3rd to Dec. 9th. It attracted more than 40 competitors to compete for the awards. According to industry technical requirements, the competition is based on the International Welding Standard to assess the competitors’ abilities on operation and practical problems solving. More than 20 industry stakeholders support the competition and hope to communicate with each other, so as to enhance the technical level and professional image through the competition, then attract more young people.

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Site Supervisor of 2017 2nd Hong Kong Welding Professional Skills Competition Introduced the Competition area of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) to a Host of Officiating Guests

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Deputy Secretary of Development Bureau (Works) Ms.Lin Jinping and Electrical and Mechanical Services Department Director General Mr. Xue Yongheng Showed Great Interests in Welding Virtual Reality Training Equipment

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Competitors Concentrated on the Competition with sparks flying (First Day of the Competition Started on December 3rd)

The 2nd BRICS Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition will be co-hosted in South Africa in August, 2018 by BRICS Business Council SDWGs, International Alliance of Skills Development (IASDBR) and Organizing Committee of BRICS Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition. The competition will be held in three divisions: Main Division in South Africa, Sub-Division in China and Sub-Division in Russia. The 2018 Belt & Road and BRICS Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition will be held in China, including China Selective Competition and China Division Competition. The competition focuses on advanced manufacturing and intelligent manufacturing. The main competition projects include Digital Skills such as Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Data Analytics, and Fiber Optics Line Installation and Service; Manufacturing and Engineering such as Polymechanics & Automation, Industrial Control, CNC Turning and CNC Milling, Composite Technologies, Industrial Robotics, Welding, Sheet Metal Technology, CNC Multi-Axis Machining, 3D, Machinary & Electricity and Intelligent Manufacturing; and Transportation such as Aircraft Maintenance, Industrial Assembling of Aircraft Items, etc.

2018 Arc Cup International Welding Competition will be held from June to July 2018. It is an important event of 2018 Belt & Road and BRICS Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition. This competition includes the Second International Welding Technology Competition (New Welding Technology, Welding Equipment, Welding Material, Welding Process and Their Application Competition), Fifth International Robot Welding Competition (Welding Robots Demonstration Competition and Welding Robots Programming and Operation Competition) and Sixth International Welding Skills Competition (111/SMAW, 135/GMAW, 141/GTAW, 311/OFW, Finished-product Welding (111SMAW/141GTAW/135GMAW/136FCAW) and Welding Competition for Non-regulated Projects (Welding quality detection, Advanced welding equipment, Advanced welding skill performance and Special welding skills performance, etc.)).

Beijing ARC Xinxing Science & Technology Co., Ltd. is a leading enterprise in Chinese hard-facing industry, national high-tech enterprise, and Zhongguancun innovative enterprise. The business of Beijing ARC Company covers overlaying and remanufacturing of wear parts, additive manufacturing, wear-resistant welding wire, automatic overlaying equipment, automatic welding equipment, digital welding machine manufacturing, and robot system integration, etc. Beijing ARC Company occupies an international advanced position in the fields of wear-resistant materials, digital welding machine, overlaying equipment and hardfacing overlaying service. Since 2008, as the originator and organizer, Beijing ARC Company organized a series of "Arc Cup" international welding competition and exchange activities, which has been the important event and exchange activity among international welding field. As the opening event of 2017 BRICS Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition and one of the important activities of China Section of BRICS Business Council during its presidency of BRICS countries, IIW·CWS·Arc Cup 2017 International Welding Competition got full support from the International Institute of Welding and won the recognition of the international welding industry. International Alliance of Skills Development (IASDBR) is one of the major achievements of the BRICS Business Council during China presidency of the BRICS countries which were formally announced to be set up on June 24th, 2017 in Shanghai.

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