A turning point for the diesel engine factory
Hip Tung Wo Engineering Works, predecessor of Guangzhou Diesel Engine Factory Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “GDF”), was founded in 1911. Devoted to developing Chinese national industry at that time, this traditional factory produced the first diesel engine in China four years later.
In 1966, the factory was officially renamed as “Guangzhou Diesel Engine Factory” after the joint venture restructuring. In 2010, this oldest enterprise in China’s diesel engine manufacturing industry completed the shareholding reform and became the “GDF” nowadays, whose products are now sold all over China and are also well known in Southeast Asia.
Nowadays, while international trades are getting busier and busier, large cargo ships have more and more strict requirements on the safety and reliability of diesel engines. Meanwhile, with the development of new generation information technologies such as cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, mobile Internet and artificial intelligence, the management of ship engines and even the whole ships has started to become networked and intelligent.
In the past, marine diesel engine does not even have a lot of electric devices. Now, it is at a great turning point for digitization and changes. In the end, should we stay safe on the sidelines, or advance with bold innovation? This has become a fork in the road for Li Weibiao and GDF after about 100 years of development.