China Day 13 (Tianjin)
After today's lecture about the famous service brands in China and why, or why not, they have been successful here, the Chinese students helped give me a Chinese name. In China, many of the students and professors have an English name to make it easier for foreigners, so the Chinese decided to write up some names for us to choose from. With the help of the students, my Chinese name is Wei Hang. In China, all of the characters can have many meanings, but the general meaning of this name is Knowledgeable and Bright Future. In China then, my name would be Weiss Wei Hang. The Surname goes in front of the Given name in China. After the lecture we went to the Lishen Battery company. This is one of the biggest battery manufacturer's in the world and has gone from a production capacity of 10 million when it was created (1997, I believe) to over 500 million today. Lishen is a supplier to some of the biggest technology names out there, such as Samsung, Microsoft, Apple, Logitech, and Lenovo. This is a list of only a few of the companies that they supply. They supply a wide variety of battery types, ranging from batteries to computers and power tools all the way to batteries that power windmills! After the tour guide have us a brief introduction to the company (when they were founded, what they make, the history, etc..) we went through a hallway that showed us the production process for making batteries for computers. This is a highly complicated process with many different machines and phases, and the production room is well maintained in terms of temperature and occupancy limits. We went around to another building and saw a video for the Lishen company. During this I noticed that the screen was shaking a bit. I thought this was odd and it was noted shortly later that we had experienced the effects of an earthquake (nothing serious, it only made the screen move a little..). Not only did I get a inside view of one of the biggest battery manufacturer's in the world, I got to experience my first earthquake! All and all today was a great day and, upon reflection, I think Lishen would be a great company to invest in.