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International Alliance of Skills Development (IASDBR)

Officially Set Sail

On June 24th, 2017, nearly 1000 people witnessed the signing ceremony of  International Alliance of Skills Development (IASDBR) on the opening ceremony of Shanghai Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition, including representatives from four BRICS countries (China, Russia, India and South Africa), and eight other countries (Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Mongolia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Cameroon, Nigeria and Spain), as well as professionals and talents from all walks of life. More than 20 media units reported the competition, such as China Central Television, China News Agency and Russian Central Television, etc.

Mr. Xu Chao, General Secretary of China Section of BRICS Business Council and General Manager of China COSCO Shipping Group, presided over the signing ceremony. 27 organizations and enterprises became the first members of IASDBR, including organizations from Russia, India, South Africa, Singapore, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Hong Kong, Beijing ARC Xinxing Science and Technology Co., Ltd., CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Ltd., Aviation Industry Corporation of China, CNPC International Welding Training Centre, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean&Civil Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai TAYOR Heavy Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. and Guangxi Technological College of Machinery Electricity. Subsequently more organizations and enterprises expressed their willing to catch the bus of IASDBR such as Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and Shenhua Group Corporation Ltd, etc.

IASDBR is an international exchange platform for technology exchange, talent flow, standard coordination, skills training and certification. The establishment of IASDBR was highly recognized by the Preparatory Committee of BRICS XIAMEN SUMMIT, as well as an important achievement approved by BRICS Business Council.

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Economy in those countries is generally under developing. Low level of vocational skills education facilities fails to meet the strong demand for infrastructure construction. Based on the situation, the Skills Development Working Group(SDWG) of China Section of BRICS Business Council put forward the establishment of skills development international alliance for the first time in August, 2016. After that, other members from Skills Development Working Group of BRICS Business Council, together with related organizations from different countries, communicate with each other repeatedly on the goal, framework and implementation, etc. which has been positively responded by all countries.

According to the work plan approved by the BRICS Business Council, as the head of Skills Development Working Group(SDWG) of China Section of BRICS Business Council, Beijing ARC Xinxing Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (hereafter to be referred as Beijing ARC) is responsible for the alliance implementation. Beijing ARC always has a good foundation for international environmental construction. A series of international exchange activities initiated by Beijing ARC since 2008 were highly supported by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration (SASAC), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People's Republic of China (MOHRSS) and BRICS Business Council; Beijing ARC has a long-term good cooperation basis with International Institute of Welding (IIW), Asian Welding Federation (AWF), European Welding Federation (EWF) and other international organizations & units; The Organizing Committee of Arc Cup International Welding Competition, set up by Beijing ARC in 2010, has 18 member countries including USA, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, South Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Singapore, Ukraine, Ghana, India, Cameroon, Russia, and Vietnam, etc.

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Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition is an important part of the construction for the international alliance mechanism platform. During the  International Welding Skills Competition, as the opening event of Skill Development & Technology Innovation Competition in June 2017, besides China delegation, Russian delegation won the Team Gold Prize, four 1st Prizes, one 2nd Prize and one 3rd Prize for Individual Awards, and four 3rd Prizes, Indian delegation won one 2nd Prize for Individual Awards, and South Africa delegation won one 1st Prize for Individual Awards. Other delegations including Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Slovakia won corresponding awards respectively as well.

The competition gets great support from Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration (SASAC), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People's Republic of China (MOHRSS) and China Section of BRICS Business Council, International Institute of Welding (IIW), Chinese Welding Society (CWS), China Welding Association (CWA), and China Machinery Industry Federation (CMIF). Mr. Gary Marquis, President of IIW, Mr. Doug Luciani, the incoming President of IIW, and Ms. Cécile Mayer, Chief Executive Officer of IIW, attended and delivered speeches in the opening & closing ceremonies respectively. Vice President and Board Directors of IIW including Mr. Ernest Level, Mr. Chris Smallbone, Mr. David Landon, and Mr. Jouko Lassila, Mr. Carl J. Peters, Chairman of Training Committee of IIW, and Mr. Ang Chee Pheng, Secretary General of AWF  attended and presented the prizes to competitors during the opening & closing ceremonies, as well as Chairmen from different welding associations & organizations in USA, Finland, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, and South Africa, etc.

In the future, IASDBR will carry out various effective work on the basis of existing achievements and cooperation, such as organizing international seminars, skills competitions, network teaching, tours and visits and field study; set up six special working committees related to industry management, training, certification, standards coordination, competitions and talents exchange & flow; establish twenty industrial management task forces for different industries; build mechanism platforms, such as “International Forum of Skills Development” and “Skills Development & Technology Innovation Competition”; set up 60-100 training centers involved in different areas in different countries in order to satisfy the demands of local skill training; realize remote online skills training through big data platform; develop professional skills standards together in order to realize standard harmonization and unification.

With the secretariat located in China, IASDBR is deeply expected to establish the international professionals exchange and cooperation platform for vocational skill development, engineering capability training and intelligent technology innovation, to fully take advantage of Chinese vocational skill education resources, to solve the problem of local employment for national enterprises, to cultivate international high-tech and highly skilled professionals, and to promote infrastructure construction and industrialization process for different countries through our persistent and unremitting efforts.

International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries was Approved

First 2017 Meeting of BRICS Business Council Secretariat was Held in Beijing

The first 2017 meeting of BRICS Business Council Secretariat was held in Beijing Cosco Shipping Building on Feb. 10th, 2017. Shen Dan, Vice Director of Department of International Economic Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the People's Republic of China attended the meeting. There were representatives from BRICS Business Council Units, BRICS BC Working Group Leader Units and partial Working Group Member Units, such as, Sinopec Corp, Bank of China Limited (BOC), China United Network Communications Corporation Limited (China Unicom), China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH), China Railway Group Limited, Beijing ARC Xinxing Science & Technology Co., Ltd., China Paper Association (CPA), China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC), etc. Dr. Liu Zhenying, Chairman of Beijing ARC Xinxing Science & Technology Co., Ltd. was also invited to attend the meeting.

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China has been the rotating President of BRICS countries since Jan. 1st, 2017, and will hold the 9th Regular Meeting for BRICS Leaders in early September, 2017 in Xiamen, Fujian Province. China Section of BRICS Business Council has conducted preparation work with great support of various units, made working scheme in 2017 and got scheme replies from MOFA. This meeting aimed to discuss specific work arrangement in 2017 and division of work for each unit and make communication on relevant matters under the guideline of latest directives by Central Party and MOFA.

At first, Xu Chao, Secretary General, delivered the replies of MOFA for working scheme in 2017. MOFA gave approval of this scheme in principle and presented concrete opinions. International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries and Joint Declaration on Unification and Harmony of Standards among BRICS Countries gained approval of Central Leaders. Shen Dan, Vice Director of Department of International Economic Affairs of MOFA, expressed the relevant directives from the superiors and made explanations for the replies of MOFA.

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During the meeting, attendees made discussion on specific work arrangement in 2017 and division of work for each unit. Each relevant unit gave many suggestions on work assignment, introduced the work progress related to the unit and proposed plans for next step. Each Council Unit reported the situation of preparation work. Zhang Zheng, Bureau Chief of Sinopec Corp and representative of Energy and Green Economy Working Group, introduced Joint Declaration on Unification and Harmony of Standards, gave considerations on establishment work of BRICS E-commerce platform and presented relevant work progress; Li Chong, General Manager of International Business Department of China Unicom and Deputy Secretary General of the Council, presented the preparation work of Deregulation Working Group and gave suggestions on visa facilitation and digital economy forum; Wang Yuqi, Minister of Business Development Department of SINOMACH and Deputy Secretary General of the Council, introduced the preparation work of Manufacturing Working Group; Senior manager of Finance Department of BOC represented Financial Service Working Group to give brief report on work progress and work plan and to discuss the important issue of cooperation with New Development Bank. Then, Yang Xinping, Vice General Manager of International Business Department of China Railway Group Limited (Leader Unit of Infrastructure Working Group), Dr. Liu Zhenying, Chairman of Beijing ARC Xinxing Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (Leader Unit of Skills Development Working Group), and Wang Huatong, Vice Director of Comprehensive Business Department of CPA (Leader Unit of Agricultural Economy Working Group) also reported relevant work situations respectively.

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Dr. Liu Zhenying, Chairman of Beijing ARC Xinxing Science & Technology Co., Ltd., represented that the core issue of Skills Development Working Group work was the international environment construction. This work will be conducted from two aspects, holding BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition and building International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries. BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition is divided into 5 parts: BRICS Maker Competition, China Intelligent Manufacturing Challenge (CIMC), Intelligent Manufacturing and 3D Printing Skills Competition, Worldskills and Machinery & Electricity Skills Competition and IIWCWSArc Cup 2017 International Welding Competition. BRICS Business Council Skills Development Working Groups plan to hold BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition from May to August, in 2017 so as to promote BRICS skills development and technology exchanges, implement the spirit of signed MoU about the cooperation of skills development, build the international cooperation platform of skills development and vocational skills standards for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries, solve the problems of international environment construction, such as skills training, certification and standards faced by Chinese enterprises in the process of going out, and provide high-level intuitive learning and exchange opportunities for BRICS highly-skilled professionals by the cultivation way of holding competitions. Besides, International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries will be established with founding members of BRICS countries to promote the development of education, skills, training among Belt and Road and BRICS countries effectively by building an international organization and international exchange platform of technical exchanges, standard coordination, skills training and certification among Belt & Road and BRICS countries and by establishing human resources management system for Belt & Road and BRICS countries, which is a kind of infrastructure construction for Chinese enterprises for going-out and also a kind of international environment construction for training certification and standard coordination and unification for Belt and Road countries. Dr. Liu Zhenying hoped relevant units from various industries to participate in the Alliance so as to push forward the Alliance construction.

BRICS Business Council, an international organization, is composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and was established in 2013 in Durban, South Africa. With care and guidance of President Xi Jinping in person, BRICS Business Council is one of the important mechanisms of developing BRICS cooperation. China Section of BRICS Business Council sets up seven industry working groups, namely, Infrastructure Working Group, Energy and Green Economy Working Group, Manufacturing Working Group, and Skills Development Working Group, etc. Beijing ARC Xinxing Science & Technology Co., Ltd. is the leader unit of Skills Development Working Group with the leader of Dr. Liu Zhenying (Chairman of Beijing ARC Company) is responsible for organizing activities for BRICS skills cooperation and development and relevant implementation work. Under the framework of BRICS Business Council, Beijing ARC Company will focus on Belt and Road strategic layout and be committed to build and improve the International environment of Belt and Road Science and Technology Innovation so as to push forward the Skills Development among Belt & Road and BRICS countries and advance the process of global industrialization together, leaving China Marks.

 

--Dr. Liu Zhenying was present at Vietnam Conference and Technical Forum of AWF

From April 18th to 21st, 2017, Dr. Liu Zhenying, Chairman of Beijing ARC Xinxing Science & Technology Co., Ltd., was present at the 27th AWF Meeting and was invited to give reports. The meeting was held in Hanoi, Vietnam. More than 40 representatives of welding organizations from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand attended the meeting. 

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The meeting was held in HaU, an institution of higher education in Vietnam. The 4-day meeting includes different sessions, that is Organization Review Panel Meeting, MOS Internet Committee Meeting, Website Committee Meeting, Training & Certification Committee Meeting, Audit Committee Meeting, Technical Documents Committee Meeting, Standardization Committee Meeting, Governing Council Meeting, Audit Task Force Meeting and AWF Technical Forum and Demonstration. Attendees made discussion on each specific issues.

As the President of Website Committee and Technical Seminar & Demonstration Show, Dr. Liu Zhenying attended the whole meeting, organized Website Committee meeting, hosted the Technical Seminar & Demonstration Show co-held by AWF and VWS, introduced the phased objectives of AWF website promotion, and discussed with representatives of each Country about the improvement, management as well as promotion work for next step.

Cooperation with International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries is one of the main topics under discussion during the meeting. As the Chairman of China Section of BRICS Business Council Skills Development Working Group (SDWG) and Secretary General of Organizing Committee of Arc Cup International Welding Competition, Dr. Liu Zhenying introduced the details of International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries. Dr. Liu Zhenying is also the president of this International Alliance and will conduct deep cooperation with AWF on skills development. Representatives of each Country expressed their willings to support and join in this International Alliance, and discussed the ways of carrying out training and certification in each Country, which will boost the education and training cooperative projects among member Countries in future. 

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AWF members visited hardfacing enterprises in Vietnam

The Integrating Welding Technology and System Seminar and Demonstration Show were co-hosted by AWF and VWS with the theme of “FOR A BETTER ASIA”. As the chairman of organizing committee, Dr. Liu Zhenying was present at the Seminar and made a report of “Technology and New Development—Additive Manufacturing and Remanufacturing on Wear-resistant Materials Technology and Application”. Nearly 100 representatives including the President of Vietnam Science & Technology  and AWF members attended this Seminar and Demonstration Show. Representatives from Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, etc. also prepared various new technology and product demonstration show for welding.

During the Demonstration Show, Dr. Liu Zhenying together with the peers of AWF and VWS visited hardfacing enterprises in Vietnam, discussed cooperation plan on welding technology promotion and customer training and development. 

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Beijing ARC Xinxing Science & Technology Co., Ltd. is a leading enterprise in Chinese hardfacing 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 have been the important event and exchange activity among international welding field. 2016 Beijing “Arc Cup” International Welding Competition is praised as “Welding World Cup” by international welding field! And now, Beijing ARC Company is building “International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries”.

From June 24th to 30th, 2017, IIW·CWS·Arc Cup 2017 International Welding Competition initiated by Beijing ARC Company, is one of the significant events of IIW 70th Annual Assembly & International Conference and will be held in Shanghai. The competition includes Welding Theory Competition (New Welding Technology, Welding Equipment, Welding Material, Welding Process and Their Application Competition), Robot Welding Competition and Welding Skills Competition, which will be held in the venue of IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference (Shanghai International Convention Center), Shanghai Essen Welding Exhibition Hall and Shanghai TAYOR Welding Technology Training School respectively. Delegations from Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Russia, Mongolia, India, Cameroon, South Africa, Nigeria, Vietnam, Ukraine and Hong Kong Area will compete with hundreds of competitors from about 50 domestic central enterprises, vocational schools and welding manufacturing enterprises. 

China and Russia was Awarded Gold Prize--IIW Rooted for the Competition

—— Opening Event of Belt & Road and BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition was Closed Successfully in Shanghai

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IIWžCWSžArc Cup 2017 International Welding Competition (hereinafter referred to as 2017 Arc Cup Competition) co-hosted by IIW (International Institute of Welding), CWS (Chinese Welding Society), CWA (China Welding Association) and OC ARCIWC (Organizing Committee of Arc Cup International Welding Competition) was held in Shanghai during June 24th- 30th, 2017. 2017 Arc Cup Competition, as one of the wonderful events of 70th IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference, got big support and extensive participation of Chinese government and BRICS Countries and won a positive response among Belt & Road Countries.

Over 300 professionals in welding technology and skills of 73 Participating teams from 4 BRICS Countries (Russia, India, China and South Africa) and 8 Belt & Road Countries (Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Mongolia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Cameroon, Nigeria and Spain) and people from all walks of life (around 1000 people in total) attended the Opening and Closing Ceremony of 2017 Arc Cup Competition.

253 Chinese participating representatives of 26 Central Enterprises (like China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation), other 10 enterprises, 18 colleges and universities (such as, Harbin Institute of Technology) and 3 representative teams from Hongkong China in aerospace, aviation, energy, transportation and marine, etc. welding-related fields of basic industrial system participated in 2017 Arc Cup Competition.

Mr. Chris Smallbone, Board of Director of IIW and Honorary Chairman of Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA), and Dr. Liu Zhenying, Chairman of BRICS Business Council SDWG and Secretary-General of OC ARCIWC, hosted the opening ceremony of 2017 Arc Cup Competition, which was transmitted live by China Central Television (CCTV) and Russia Central Television and was reported by China News Agency and dozens of other domestic and foreign media.

Ms. Cécile Mayer, Secretary-General of IIW, delivered a warm speech on behalf of IIW. She said: “Dr. Liu Zhenying and the Organizing Committee of Arc Cup International Welding Competition are persistently implementing an idea which can be summarized as such: interest, enthusiasm, progress and innovation are achieved by sharing and comparing to others”.

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Mr. Minaev Serge, Team Leader of Russia National Agency of Welding Controlling (NAKS), gave a speech on behalf of foreign participating teams. It was the second time for Russia NAKS team to participate in Arc Cup Competition. It was a big team with competitors participating in all competition processes.

Competitors performed well, displayed and showed their unique skills during 5-day tense competition, representing a wonderful event. 14 Individual Prizes and 2 Team Prizes came out, during which, Team Gold Prizes of enterprises were awarded for CRRC Group, Russia NAKS team and CEEC Group, Team Gold Prize of schools and universities for Jiangnan Shipyard Group Vocational and Technical School and other Prizes for corresponding participating teams.

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This International Welding Competition consisted of the Fifth International Welding Skills Competition, the Fourth International Robot Welding Competition, and the First International Welding Technology Competition. The Fifth International Welding Skills Competition was divided into 6 projects, including, Shield Metal Arc Welding (111/SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (135/GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (141/GTAW), Oxygen Fuel Gas Welding (311/OFW), Finished-product Welding (111SMAW/141GTAW/135GMAW/136FCAW) and Welding Competition for Non-regulated Projects. Each competition project was excellent, making global welding skills reach a new level.

2017 Arc Cup Competition Gained Great Support of IIW and Recognition from International Welding Field

2017 Arc Cup Competition gained great support of IIW and recognition from international welding field. Gary Marquis, the Chairman of IIW, Doug Luciani, the incoming Chairman of IIW, Cécile Mayer, the Secretary-General of IIW, attended the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony of 2017 Arc Cup Competition and delivered speeches respectively. Vice-Chairman and Board of Director members, like Ang Chee Pheng, Ernest Levert, Chris Smallbone, David Landon and Jouko Lassila, Chairman of Training Committee, like Carl J. Peters, Secretary-General of Asian Welding Federation (AWF) and Chairmen of National Welding Society from America, Finland, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kazakhstan and South Africa attended the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony and awarded winners.

During IIW Annual Assembly, Mr. Gary Marquis, Chairman of IIW, awarded Dr. Liu Zhenying Certificate of Recognition and Honor for IIWžCWSžArc Cup 2017 International Welding Competition and special Metal Plate. He appreciated that 2017 Arc Cup Competition, as one of the three important events of 70th IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference, had made contribution to the progress of world welding technology.

Mr. Gary Marquis, Chairman of IIW, and Dr. Liu Zhenying awarded winners of Assylbek Chonekbayev from Kazakhstan and Mou Shichao from CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Ltd. Certificates and congratulated them on their excellent performance!

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Mr. Doug Lucian, the incoming Chairman of IIW addressed a speech during the Closing Ceremony. He said: “The international welding area fully recognizes the achievements of the Arc Cup International Welding Competition. We will work together to create a welding competition with influential and international charm, a real welding "World Cup"!”.

Certificates of Award of 2017 Arc Cup Competition were signed and issued by IIW, CWS, OC ARCIWC and Organizing Committee of BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition. The certificates with the signature of Gary Marquis, Chairman of IIW, will gain recognition among 59 member countries of IIW and in the World Welding field, raising the value of honor of 2017 Arc Cup Competition greatly.

International Welding Technology Competition was Introduced for the First Time, Creating an International Welding Competition Precedent

The First International Welding Technology Competition was an effective attempt, which attracted 45 competitors from domestic and foreign enterprises and schools & universities in aviation, petroleum, electronics, transportation, nuclear, energy, machinery and other industries. Many latest researches and application achievements of enterprises were disclosed during the First International Welding Technology Competition.

Zhouwei, Chairman of Expert Committee of the First International Welding Technology Competition, tenured Professor of Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and Chairman of Singapore National Committee of International Standardization, appreciated that this international competition with high-tech provided a valuable opportunity of training, learning and exchange for engineering technicians and researchers in front line of welding production and students who determined to be occupied in welding technology research.

Luo Yu, Judge of the First International Welding Technology Competition and Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University considered that subject research and application presentation in different industries and fields created an opportunity of mutual learning and experience sharing and provided an effective platform of application and promotion for New Technology, New Process, New Equipment and New Material came from real production and New ideas.

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Robot Welding Competition Became Mature, Being the Highlight of Competition

The Fourth International Robot Welding Competition was held in Essen Welding & Cutting Fair venue from June 27th - 29th, 2017. During this Robot Welding Competition, domestic and foreign competitors competed against each other with excellent skills, attracting numbers of people. Tens of international welding experts, such as, Mr. David Landon, President of American Welding Society (AWS), and Mr. Dmitry Sudakov, Vice-President of Russia Worldskills viewed the Robot Welding Competition on site.

This Robot Welding Competition was divided into two parts to examine the skill level of competitors, that is, Single Welding Robot Competition and Robot Welding All-Round Competition. Single Welding Robot Competition was to assess the competitors’ mastery of key points programming of robot welding by using designated welding robot (FANUC for this competition). Robot Welding All-Round Competition was to assess the mastery degree of competitors for different types of Robot by adopting FANUC and GSK Robot. Competition results shows that the programming abilities and operation skills of competitors have been improved obviously. And competitors from China and Russia performed excellently.

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Welding Skills Competition Played an Important Part in the Improvement of Overall Welding Skills

Welding Skills Competition, a traditional competition, could encourage youth professionals to become outstanding skilled talents by learning technologies and practicing skills. Nowadays, the development of internet has attracted numbers of young people, which results in neglect of basic welding industry.

Therefore, this high-level welding competition with large-scale provided a good chance of exchange and mutual learning for competitors, which intrigued the welders’ enthusiasm of welding technology learning and stimulated the motivation of welding skills research, promoting the cultivation of welding professionals and pushing forward the progress of welding skills.

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A Stage of Application and Presentation of New Technology and Skills

2017 Arc Cup Competition adopted multiple new technology achievements, such as “Automation Test Equipment of Weld Appearance Dimension”, which ensured the promptness and objectivity of judgement effectively and decreased the work intensity of Judges greatly. This was a giant step in the judgement development of welding competition.

Welding Competition for Non-regulated Projects of 2017 Arc Cup Competition consisted of long weld welding of aluminium alloy, bonding surface restoration of high pressure valve, overlaying technology of high hardness alloy, 4G aluminium alloy plate welding plus obstacle, 2F, 2G and 4G stainless steel plate argon-arc welding.

Welding Competition for Non-regulated Projects were set to promote the exchange and promotion of special skills, share the resources in welding field and provide ideas and solutions for technical problems solving in production, which can be regarded as a good creativity.

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Creating a New Platform for International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries

IIWžCWSžArc Cup 2017 International Welding Competition, a specialized welding competition, was the opening event of Belt & Road and BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition.

During the Opening Ceremony of 2017 Arc Cup Competition, all participants witnessed the Signing Ceremony of initial members for International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries. 27 Organizations became the initial members of the Alliance: organizations from Russia, India, South Africa, Singapore, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Hongkong China, Beijing ARC XINXING Science & Technology Co., Ltd., CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Ltd., Aviation Industry Corporation of China, CNPC International Welding Training Centre, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Civil Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai TAYOR Heavy Industry (Group) Co., Ltd. and Guangxi Technological College of Machinery Electricity. Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and China Shenhua expressed their willing to join in the Alliance subsequently.

Establishment of the Alliance won the recognition of preparatory committee of 2017 BRICS Leaders’ Meeting and approval of BRICS Business Council. The Alliance plans to set up 60-100 training centers in different fields among Belt & Road Countries and build an international professionals cooperation platform of vocational skills development, engineering capacity cultivation and intelligent technology innovation and cultivate international high-tech and highly-skilled professionals so as to push forward the process of infrastructure construction in Belt & Road and BRICS Countries and global industrial development.

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Russia team joined in the OC ARCIWC during the 2017 Arc Cup Competition. Members of Russia team expressed that they would try their best to do effective work for OC ARCIWC. Under the common effort of 15 members from different countries and regions, Arc Cup Competition has provided a win-win platform of skills sharing, exchange and cooperation in several years, realizing the tenet of platform establishment, skills and experience exchange, team training, deep understanding, cooperation strengthening and joint development.

Belt & Road and BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition is one of the important achievements during the period of China serving as rotating presidency of BRICS Countries in 2017. Other 4 modules of Belt & Road and BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition - BRICS Youth Maker Competition, Machinery & Electricity Skills Competition, Intelligent Manufacturing and 3D Printing Skills Competition and China Intelligent Manufacturing Challenge will be conducted in Kunming, Nanning, Hangzhou and Shanghai City, China in August successively.

 

--- China Marks of BRICS Business Council SDWG During the Period of China Rotating Presidency of BRICS in 2017

Plenary conference of China Section of BRICS Business Council was held in Beijing Cosco Shipping Building on March 6th, 2017. Xu Lirong, Chairman of China Cosco Shipping Group Co., Ltd., as President of China Section of BRICS Business Council, hosted the conference. Wang Xiaolong, BRICS Businesses Envoy from Ministry of Foreign Affairs made speeches during the conference. Other representatives from Chinese Council Units attended this conference: Wang Yupu, Chairman of Sinopec Corp.; Tian Guoli, Chairman of Bank of China Limited (BOC); Lu Yimin, General Manager and Vice-Chairman of China United Network Communications Corporation Limited (China Unicom); Xie Biao, Vice General Manager of China National Machinery Industry Corporation. Dr. Liu Zhenying, Chairman of Beijing ARC Xinxing Science & Technology Co., Ltd. as Skill Development Working Group (SDWG) Leader (namely President) of China Section of BRICS Business Council attended the conference as well. Besides, following representatives of SDWG members also attended the conference: Lai Xiaohua (President), Li Shengyu (Chief of the Dean's Office) and Huang Cheng from Guangxi Technological College of Machinery and Electricity; Cao Hongxia, Director of Daqing Welding Technology Training Center of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC); Wang Deyu, Staff of Fundamental Industrial Training Center, Tsinghua University.

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(Plenary conference of China Section of BRICS Business Council)

During the conference, working programs of Business Council in 2017 were discussed and application of relevant enterprises for joining in Business Council Working Group was passed through deliberation. China took over the BRICS presidency officially on Jan. 1st, 2017. China will conduct the Ninth Meeting for BRICS Leaders in early September in Xiamen, Fujian province. Based on the deliberation of Central Governments, BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition and International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries, as two important achievements of BRICS Business Council SDWG, will be developed and implemented.

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BRICS Skills Development and Technology Innovation Competition will be held from May to August in 2017. This Competition is divided into 5 parts: BRICS Maker Competition, Intelligent Manufacturing Challenge (CIMC), Intelligent Manufacturing and 3D Printing Skills Competition, Worldskills and Machinery & Electricity Skills Competition and IIWCWSArc Cup 2017 International Welding Competition. International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries is established to promote the development of education, skills, training among Belt and Road and BRICS countries effectively by building an international organization and international exchange platform of technical exchanges, standard coordination, skills training and certification among Belt & Road and BRICS countries and by establishing human resources optimization system for Belt & Road and BRICS countries so as to make contributions to infrastructure construction for Chinese enterprises for going-out and to international environment construction for training certification and standard coordination and unification for Belt and Road countries.

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