Eaton China Corporate Research & Technology Center Becomes Local Government and University Education Bases

Date: 2014/7/03

SHANGHAI, CHINA … Power management company Eaton expanded the scope of its China Corporate Research and Technology Center, becoming the new base for three education centers, in partnership with Shanghai Changning Government, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), and Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU). The move furthers company strategy of enhancing technology innovation, while also developing talent in China. It will serve as a unique platform for scientific technology exchange with local governments, universities and institutions, providing remarkable opportunities for Chinese students. 
“Ever since our humble beginnings one century ago, Eaton has had a strong culture of innovation. It is the constant exploration of advanced technologies and the endless pursuit of innovation that has enabled us to maintain our position as an industry leader,” said Ramanath Ramakrishnan, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Eaton.
“China is key to our global growth strategy and investment in emerging markets. We’ve put significant emphasis on innovation and localization of R&D capabilities that are driving our growth here. We are extremely honored to partner with three such prestigious Chinese academic institutions, a move which highlights our ‘In the Region, For the Region’ development concept.” Ramakrishnan added, “Through the combination of Eaton’s industrial leadership, global innovation network and the best young minds, we firmly believe together we can contribute greatly to China’s technology research and talent development.”
The day also marked the unveiling of the Eaton China Research and Technology Laboratory. Formerly founded in 2012 as the Eaton China Innovation Center Lab, it is one of the company’s most high-end forward-looking R&D and technological innovation organizations. Impressive results have been achieved including in next generation power converters, safe solutions for alternative energy, environmentally friendly vacuum switching, advanced diagnostics and prognostics, digital and green hydraulics, energy-efficient vehicle powertrains, electrical vehicle and high-efficiency charging technology. Focusing on key technology areas are crucial to regional ecosystems such as control systems and solutions (CSS), power systems and architectures (PSA), advanced mechanical systems (AMS) and material and processing technologies (MPT), sustaining Eaton’s leadership in power management. 
Since entering China markets two decades ago, Eaton cooperated extensively with Chinese universities, research institutes and academia to drive progress in research and development and the cultivation of local talent. The company has established technology cooperation with eight major universities in China, including Beijing Institute of Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, South China University of Technology and Southwest Jiaotong University. The partnership with HIT adds a new dimension to Eaton’s extensive portfolio of academic partnerships within national research programs since 2008, “Aircraft systems performance digital controllers and programmable digital interface” project with its Electrical Engineering and Automation School has been signed into the framework agreement with China’s C919 Aircraft program.
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