How is Cathay implementing digital enterprise now?
In distant Wusu, Xinjiang, China, a digital factory is quietly rewriting the future of the bio-manufacturing industry.
Among 130 China manufacturers surveyed, 76% believe an 'Industry 4.0’ strategy will increase their competitiveness, 57% say they are prepared for digital transformation and only 6% have a clear roadmap*. The few who take this leap are those with the vision and courage to step into the unknown and tap into a limitless potential.
(*Source: McKinsey Quaterly, May 2017)
Tackling the challenges
The digital factory: the key to unlocking the potential of a growing industry
Cathay produces polymers – an essential element for various chemical products – with bio-manufacturing, using renewable raw materials like corn instead of oil. Expanding the business meant reproducing a highly complex and sensitive laboratory process at an industrial scale. Cathay needed a technology partner who could provide the full potential of digital manufacturing. Consistency, repeatability, guaranteed quality and greater efficiency – this was the secret to Cathay’s successful expansion, and the key to a new future for the bio-manufacturing industry.
Cathay’s Wusu plant adopts Siemens’s complete digital factory solution, covering the entire lifecycle of the plant in design, construction, operation and maintenance, enabling Cathay to fully upgrade every step of its process, from R&D to production.
Building digital factory in Wusu Xinjiang, Cathay will be able to yield insights from big data that improves the production process, this is the strength of digitalization
——Xiucai Liu, Chairman & CEO, Cathay
Voices from Cathay
As the Digital Factory is Built, Our Digitalization Team Grows as well
Siemens helped Cathay build a solid digital team with experienced and professional engineers working at every key step, providing hands-on training to help client’s digtial team grow rapidly, allowing for autonomous factory control and guaranteed future operations.
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Patent R&D as a Core-Competitiveness has been Upgraded and Become Safer
With the help of Siemens data analysis, Cathay streamlined its R&D procedure, sparking a major boost in efficiency while guaranteeing patent security through isolated storage of unified parameters.
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The benefits of transformation
Cathay Wusu digital factory, transforming soon
Expected results for a sustainable future
Fully unlocking its potential, Cathay Wusu plant first phase annual capacity to be expected
tons bio-based DN5
tons long-chain dicarboxylic acids (LCDA)
tons bio-based polyamide
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Full lifecycle digital manufacturing solutions
Due to digital twin, Cathay can simulate and optimize factory prior to commission and continuously optimize products, production processes, and even every equipment in a completely virtual environment, which improves the pace of both innovation and productivity. Siemens holistic solutions include: