Cord Houle: Tianjin day 10
Today was spent all out of the classroom. We started out by going to the coca-cola bottling facility in Tianjin. This facility was one of around forty in the country of china and serves the Tianjin city area. At first this doesn’t sound like a big area for a bottling plant that can pump out 300 million bottles a year; however, when you consider that the city of Tianjin has a population greater than the entire state of Minnesota it sounds realistic. From our tour it seemed like a very American style production plant and I am sure it closely resembles those found back at home. The trip was interesting as I had never seen the inside workings of a bottling company.
After the bottling plant we visited ACS, or Affiliated Computer Services. This was a branch of a company based out of the United States and ranked among the fortune 500. ACS is an IT and business solutions company. They are involved in taking over functions for companies such as HR or accounting and finance. Many of their client are large us companies; however, they have client around the world in 100 different countries. From our time there it sounds like the company plans to grow over the next few years through M&A activity. Visiting this company was great as it gave us an insight as to how the foreign branches of us companies operate. They had a much more American style business culture; however Chinese aspects were clearly present.
Finally we ended the day by visiting a Soviet Aircraft carrier from the Cold War era. It was decommissioned upon the collapse of the Soviet Union as it was too expensive to keep in duty. This ship is based around a different thinking than American aircraft carriers. While American carriers roam with a pack of ships to defend it, soviet carriers were designed to be able to sail solo. This means that the soviet aircraft carriers are more like a carrier destroyer hybrid. It has long range medium range as well as short range weapons capabilities. It was designed to be a self sufficient military weapon. The tour was rather interesting as I have never looked closely at Soviet weaponry from the Cold War. It represented a different mindset from the American military and gave me a feel about how the Soviets approached war.