On January 10, 2019, the World Economic Forum welcomes a further seven factories into its community of “Lighthouses” – manufacturing facilities that are leaders in the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Lighthouse program has been designed to help industries adopt the technologies of the future. All members of the network agree to share knowledge with other manufacturers.
Danfoss, Commercial Compressors (Tianjin, China) is one of these seven factories. World Economic Forum commented that this factory makes compressors for refrigerators, air conditioning units and other products. By using its full digital traceability system and digital tools such as smart sensors, visual inspection, auto monitoring system etc. to improve quality control, it has improved labour productivity by 30% and decreased customer complaints by 57% within two years.
In 2018, the World Economic Forum has announced nine lighthouse program members. Now, the network of “Manufacturing Lighthouses” is expanding. Led by the World Economic Forum and assisted by McKinsey, the Lighthouse program’s macro goal is to help advanced economies and emerging economies to upgrade technology and overcome practical challenges in the industry.
“These 16 Lighthouses represent a turning point. We are now seeing the start of the second phase, as Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies are penetrating the core of all industries, and our platform of 16 Lighthouses is the clearest sign we have,” said Enno de Boer, Partner and Head of McKinsey’s Global Manufacturing Practice, which collaborated with the Forum on the project.
Mr. Stuart Garde, President of Danfoss China, said: “For many years, we have been committed to bringing the most advanced technology to China. Previously, only our Danish headquarters factory used the most advanced digital R&D technology in production. Now this new technology is also applied in the Chinese factory. This achievement is a great affirmation of our unremitting efforts. This honor fully demonstrates the global leading position of Danfoss digital and intelligent technology, and also demonstrates our firm commitment to providing our Chinese customers with the most advanced, green and futuristic technologies."
The extended network of “Manufacturing Lighthouses” will be officially presented at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2019, taking place from January 22nd to 25th, 2019 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Leaders and entrepreneurs attending the conference will further discuss these newly selected "lighthouse factories". Danfoss Global CEO Fang Xingjian will also attend the forum.