Creating industrial ecology and connectivity for a win-win future

Interview with
Bo Chen, Managing Director, HARTING Greater China

Focusing on building platforms and strengthening the eco-system is not only an organic part of the localisation strategy of HARTING Technology Group in China, but also an important starting point for building up the local industrial, supply and innovation chains. As a leader in the connector industry, HARTING is making the most of it’s influence and strengths and is striving to build an eco-system connecting the industrial system in an extensive, comprehensive manner with its partners.

Structural concept of the eco-system by HARTING China

The construction of the eco-system by HARTING China is inseparable from China's entire industrial system and rich soil of local supply chains. At the same time, the construction of the eco-system is also the inevitable product of HARTING China's continuous and in-depth promotion of localisation process in combination with the group strategy. Based on this background, HARTING China is carrying out the construction of China's eco-system according to these ideas:

(1) Extensive interconnections

Good partnerships are the cornerstone and foundation of the eco-system. The cooperation units of the eco-system include not only upstream and downstream enterprises in the industrial chain, such as HARTING China's strategic suppliers, supplementary product providers, vertical strategic partners, but also government agencies, standardisation associations, as well as universities, such as Tongji University and other scientific research institutions.

(2) Sharing and integrating

Open communication mechanisms are the bridges of the eco-system. Ecosphere is an open communication platform from which all cooperation units can share information, find opportunities, achieve co-operation, and grow together. In return, it also helps integrating the small circle of HARTING China's eco-system into the large circle and integrates better into the domestic and international dual cycles of the Chinese economy.

(3) Co-creation

A flexible innovation system is the power source of the eco-system. The eco-system can gather enterprises and scientific research institutions, effectively realise collaborative innovation through an open communication mechanism, and promote the applications of new technologies from two dimensions - scientific research and business.

HARTING’s role in the eco-system

HARTING is an important player in building the industrial eco-system. The eco-system integrates discrete resources such as manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, as well as information flow, data flow and other elements. Together with upstream and downstream partners, HARTING is committed to improving the information symmetry on both sides of supply and demand, solving the problem of supply and demand adaptability of product demand and technical services, building an efficient supply chain system and forming an industrial eco-system of value creation.

HARTING is also an important supporter of creating a trade eco-system. The eco-system platform provides growing space for enterprises and breaks through the bottleneck of limited development of a single enterprise due to its lack of resources.

Last but not least, HARTING is an important leader in building an innovation eco-system. The eco-sphere can effectively connect the market demand of enterprises and the R&D resources of scientific research institutions and provide fertile soil for the large-scale growth of innovative technologies. HARTING China will set up an innovation partner network in Shanghai and Shenzhen, which will be used as a base for collaborative innovation with R&D institutions in the eco-system. Today, for example, HARTING Shanghai is cooperating with Tongji University:

This cooperation will combine the resources of Tongji University and other scientific research institutions and partners in various fields, such as laboratories, teachers, product technology solutions, and physical testing environments. According to the application requirements of the market and customers, it will carry out research, discussions and experiments in relevant technical fields, and play the role of cultivating and developing industry talents.