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Testing in China

ebm-papst has had its own test center in China since 2012. It helps local customers produce better prod­ucts.

Air cleaners hum away in millions of Chinese house­holds, filtering out tiny pollu­tant parti­cles blown into the air by China’s booming indus­tries. One Chinese company’s air cleaner does the job with partic­ular effi­ciency, circu­lating up to 750 cubic meters of air per hour so quietly that its owners can sleep soundly at night. Not only a fan from ebm-papst makes that possible, so does a sophis­ti­cated design for the air flow.

Advan­tage by design

“For this machine, we worked very closely with the manu­fac­turer — not only finding the right fan but also making design recom­men­da­tions so that the customer can get the most out of our product,” says Henry Cheng, Vice Pres­i­dent of Sales and Marketing at ebm-papst in China.

Air flow and acoustic

The engi­neers in China simu­lated the ideal air flow in a lab and the acoustic perfor­mance in a special acoustic chamber. Just a couple of years ago that wouldn’t have been so simple. Before the site in Shanghai got its own test center in 2012, the Chinese engi­neers couldn’t perform such measure­ments on their own. “Before that we either had the tests done at ebm-papst in Germany or commis­sioned external labs to perform them. But with Germany it took a lot of time — also because of language barriers — and with the labs the equip­ment didn’t exactly satisfy our require­ments,” says Cheng. The engi­neers in the test lab were able to test many other factors in addi­tion to air flow and acoustics. “We invest in new test equip­ment every year,” says Cheng.

The ebm-papst subsidiary in Shanghai has been growing ever since it was founded in 1996. At first the loca­tion served only as a sales center for the prod­ucts from Germany and was staffed with 13 employees. Soon the site got its own produc­tion facil­i­ties, and then a research and devel­op­ment depart­ment and the test center in 2012.

“Now we can react to the needs of the local market much better” Henry Cheng, Vice Pres­i­dent of Sales and Marketing, ebm-papst China


Today more than 1,700 employees work in China. “Now we can react to the needs of the local market much better,” says Cheng, adding “With the test lab, we’re basi­cally part of the customer’s devel­op­ment team. We can demon­strate our tests for them live on-site and make our recom­men­da­tions. We want our customers to be able to make great prod­ucts.” Like the air cleaner, for which the manu­fac­turer has won a prize for its special design. 

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