The GE China Technology Center (CTC), located at the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Shanghai, is a multidisciplinary research center conducting leading edge research, engineering development, and sourcing for GE's diverse businesses across the world. The focus of the center is to create market-leading innovations and products for GE businesses.
The CTC is an integral part of GE Global Research and one of four such multidisciplinary research facilities within GE. At CTC, scientists, researchers, and engineers work in virtual teams with their counterparts worldwide, in areas like power electronics, real-time/power controls, advanced manufacturing technologies, process sensing & control, medical imaging technologies, materials science, chemical sciences, and materials characterization/analysis. The GE China Research and Development Center has been operational since 2000 and was relocated to Zhangjiang in May 2003.
In addition, technology and sourcing teams from Advanced Materials, Consumer & Industrial Products, Energy, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Consumer Finance (GECF) are co-located in the center.
CTC has had a number of exciting milestones over the last several years, including:
- In China For China (ICFC) projects got their first $15 million in funding from CEO Jeff Immelt in 2008. These projects aim to support the localization of technology and products, and are positioned to fuel GE's growth in China and around the world.
- China's first fully homegrown commercial aircraft – the ARJ21-700, which is powered by GE CF34-10A engines – successfully made its maiden flight on Nov 28, 2008. This was a key step in the country's aviation program, and GE Aviation's on-site engineering team worked closely with the customer to ensure a successful first flight.
- GE Transportation and its partner Qishuyan Locomotive introduced the first of 298 China Mainline Locomotives to be assembled in-country in 2008. The CTC engineering team made key contributions to the product design, validation testing, on-site support and troubleshooting.
To learn more about the China Technology Center you can visit them on their Chinese language blog at http://blog.sina.com.cn/gectcshanghai.