Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Belated Innovation

tractorAlmost every day, China Daily comes up with some story about Liuzhou – usually well out of date or totally inaccurate or both. They tend to appear automatically somewhere on the right of this page.

But I’m kind of stumped by this one. Clearly they were up all night perfecting its narrative strength

When the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region announced the winners of its new product excellent achievement awards for 2011 recently, nine of the winners were products created by Liuzhou enterprises. This shows how much the city has improved its ability to innovate and improve its industrial layout and economic development mode.

Two of the first-prize winners were the CLG915D hydraulic excavator of the Guangxi Liugong Machinery Co, and the LZ4250MDB tractor from the Dongfeng Liuzhou Motor Co.”

That is it in its entirety. So Liuzhou won nine of the prizes. How many prizes were there? If it were ten, then I’m impressed (not very); if it were one hundred, I’m disappointed (not very).

Then why would they be surprised? After all, 90% of the industry in Guangxi is Liuzhou based. It is exactly where you would expect to find innovation.

Then we have the bizarre statement that “This shows how much the city has improved…” No it doesn’t. Unless you tell us how many prizes and innovations there were before. Perhaps there were 15 the previous year.

The innovations sound really exciting though. All we need is a nice picture to show some smiling peasants with their new tractors.

P.S. Why has it take until the end of 2012 to announce the winners of 2011? Hardly news and certainly no longer innovation. And why did it take two people to edit this nonsense?

Source (English)

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2 Responses to “Belated Innovation”

  1. keith Says:

    Hydraulic excavator. Nothing new. Most likely a copy of JCB, Case, Terex, Volvo, Caterpillar or some Japanese company. As the chinese are so keen on speaking American we don’t know wether Tractor means Tractor or Truck.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    Not sure that the excavators are copies. Liugong are a huge company (bigger than many of the ones you mention) doing a lot of international business. If they were just copying they would have been busted by now.

    Anyway, it doesn’t say what the innovations were – maybe the excavators have automatic luosifen dispensers in the cabin so that the driver can eat without stopping excavating. I am 117% sure that JCB don’t have that!

    What makes you think the Chinese are so keen on speaking American? 17 years in the education system tells me otherwise. The national curriculum is British English and I have been told many, many times that British English is the preference. Almost every Chinese person I know speaks something much closer to British English. The only ones who don’t are the ones who studied in the US. Have a look in the bookshops. Nearly all the dictionaries are Oxford or Longmans. Both British.

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