Shenzhen Daily has joined hands with the Information Office of Shenzhen Municipal People's Government to launch a series of reports titled “Decade of Transformation,” to tell the story of Shenzhen in the eyes of expats. Rafael Saavedra, a popular YouTuber who has been living and working in China for seven years, will host the series, showing you Shenzhen, a dynamic and energetic city from the perspective of 60 expats. This is the second story of the series.
由深圳市人民政府新闻办公室与英文《深圳日报》（Shenzhen Daily）共同策划推出的系列全媒体国际传播作品《我们这10年：湾区老外说变化（Decade of Transformation）》已在各大主流媒体和互联网平台正式上线，该系列将集中展示过去十年以来深圳在各个领域所取得的伟大成就。此次系列作品中，在中国工作和生活了七年的知名网络博主Rafael Saavedra将向大家介绍60位外籍人士，通过他们的脚步和镜头记录和观察一座行进中的中国年轻都市。敬请垂注！
Italian Marco Morea and German Sebastian Hardt both have been working for Bosch Group for a long time and decided to move to the company’s Shenzhen location. Under their leadership, the Bosch Shenzhen plant has invested strongly in its support of the city’s green transformation.
博世深圳工厂的意大利籍高管Marco Morea和德国籍高管Sebastian Hardt都在博世集团工作了很长时间，两人不约而同地选择来深继续为博世工作。在他们的带领下，博世深圳工厂投入大量资金，助力深圳企业发展绿色转型。
Video and photos by Lin Jianping except otherwise stated.
Shenzhen is planning a new model of smart urban growth with green wisdom, insisting on an ecological priority. The city is strengthening its integration of land and sea transportation, together with regional ecological joint prevention and treatment to enhance disaster prevention capacity. The city is also working to develop green industries, creating a green and healthy living environment and building a new pattern of green development with the intent of attaining carbon peak and carbon neutrality goals.
A view of the city from Yangtai Mountain. Liu Xudong 从羊台山看城市风光。刘旭东摄
Having achieved great economic success over the past decades, Shenzhen has gone all out to transform itself into one of China’s most sustainable cities. This cannot be done without the support of companies contributing to the city.
The Bosch Shenzhen plant is among those that have powerfully invested to support the city’s efforts toward environmental protection.
Shenzhen, a modern city with high tech
Italian Marco Morea, 50, and German Sebastian Hardt, 41, have been working for Bosch Group for a long time and decided to move to the company’s Shenzhen location.
50岁的意大利籍高管Marco Morea和41岁的德国籍高管Sebastian Hardt都在博世集团工作了很长时间，两人不约而同地选择来深继续为博世工作。
Marco Morea (L) and Sebastian Hardt pose for a photo at the Bosch Shenzhen plant. Marco Morea（左）和Sebastian Hardt在博世深圳工厂合影。
Group for 25 years in different locations around the globe. After working for some years, he applied for a higher position and was designated as the plant manager in Taiwan in 2018. This lean manufacturing specialist moved to Shenzhen from Taiwan in March 2020.
Marco Morea works in his office. Marco Morea在办公室工作。
Morea, plant manager of the Bosch Shenzhen plant, has been working for Bosch “The city is a quite developed and west-oriented city. That’s why you feel like you were in Europe, because of the whole environment,” Morea said.
As for Hardt, commercial director of the Bosch Shenzhen plant, he came to Shenzhen in November 2019 after working for Bosch for 11 years. “I came to China because it is a great opportunity, professionally, to become a commercial director at a manufacturing site,” he told Shenzhen Daily.
Sebastian Hardt receives an exclusive interview with Shenzhen Daily in his office. Sebastian Hardt在办公室接受英文《深圳日报》专访。
“I grew up in a very small village with 3,500 people, and then you come to a big city like Shenzhen with, I don’t know, 18 million people, so of course it’s big, it’s loud, and it’s sometimes a little hectic. But when you live here, you of course also experience all the convenience and the positive things of living in a big city,” Hardt said.
Hardt loves ordering things online and enjoys the life here. “I like the technology in Shenzhen. You do everything with your phone. You pay everything with your phone. And I love all the electric cars in Shenzhen. I am very impressed that basically all the taxis are electric vehicles. I like the public transportation. So after living here for a while, I’ve come to enjoy the advantages of living in a very big, modern city.”
A view of the Bosch Shenzhen plant. Courtesy of the plant. 博世深圳工厂一景。
“When you look at the overall picture, let’s say the high-end technology, I think there’s no better place to do the business than here in Shenzhen. You have all these very famous companies, you have a lot of start-ups, and you of course also attract the right people. You have all the big companies including Huawei, BYD… and you could name all of them, they are all located in Shenzhen,” he said.
Investment in clean manufacturing
Shenzhen is sparing no efforts to improve its ecological environment and focuses more on developing industries such as network and communications, advanced manufacturing, fashion, intelligent robotics, and design and bio-medicine. Similarly, traditional manufacturers like Bosch Shenzhen plant are also committed to this green transformation.
Products in boxes are seen on a production line in the Bosch Shenzhen plant. 博世深圳工厂生产线上的产品。
“Here in our plant, we produce our own rubber for our wiper blades. We also have a painting facility and a painting line, which means there are a lot of potential environmental hazards, a lot of garbage, and we can feel that the restrictions are getting stricter,” Hardt said.
“Currently the Shenzhen government advocates clean manufacturing, which I can fully understand, and to be honest, I also support, because they want Shenzhen to be an IT city and a clean manufacturing site. We have rubber production. We have a painting process. We were not really, let me say, the cleanest manufacturing site before,” Morea said.
Marco Morea (R) and Sebastian Hardt introduce their plant to Shenzhen Daily reporters. Marco Morea（左）和Sebastian Hardt向记者展示他们的一个产品。
According to Hardt, Bosch is very famous worldwide for its focus on environmental protection and social responsibilities. “It’s basically one of our core values to try to get better and we are carbon neutral within Bosch, and of course this is the achievement of each location,” he said.
“Since we came here two to three years ago, my colleague and I have been paying attention to these issues: where we can have additional cost savings and energy savings, how we can go more into green energy sources instead of traditional energy sources. We also planned, for example, to put solar panels on our roof. So, there were a lot of activities. We changed old machines and replaced them with new machines that consume less energy,” Hardt said.
Workers work in the Bosch Shenzhen plant. 工人在博世深圳工厂内工作。
“Last year we invested 8 million yuan (US$1.18 million) for the installation of VOC (volatile organic compound) machines to control emissions. We had external auditors on site for four months to check all the processes and emissions. Finally, we were certified, which means we are clean. Part of the investment was in the wastewater treatment machinery. We upgraded it and the water we discharge now is something like water you can drink. It is really very clean,” Morea explained.
Their efforts have reaped fruits. The company was nominated as one of the city’s top 100 companies for hazardous wastes management. “Currently a lot of companies are visiting us because they want to learn and understand how we achieved our targets,” said Morea.
Business going well with govt. support
Like other companies, the Bosch Shenzhen plant was affected by the pandemic. However, with strong government support, the plant has been running well and also increased its sales.
Some products of the Bosch Shenzhen plant. 博世深圳工厂生产的部分产品。
Though affected by the pandemic at the beginning of 2020, they produced a lot in the second half of the year. In 2021, the plant ran smoothly without really being affected.
“Since we deliver to automotive manufacturers, we must deliver,” Morea explained. “And the local government understood that. They allowed us to produce. So, 200 employees decided to stay in the company. We purchased 100 additional beds for our dormitories, and these 200 employees decided to stay on board for one week to continue to work.”
A machine at the Bosch Shenzhen plant. 博世深圳工厂内的一台机器。
According to Hardt, in general, their wiper blade business has not been affected by the pandemic but has actually achieved growth. “Over the last three years, our sales have been increasing. We now produce more wiper blades than ever before,” Hardt said.
In terms of the wiper arm business, Hardt said that they were affected by the pandemic in the first half of the year. “But right now, we see that basically all the orders are being pushed into later this year. So, for the wiper arm business we also see a very heavy increase of orders, which is really good,” said Hardt.
Marco Morea (L) and Sebastian Hardt show one of their products. Marco Morea（左）和Sebastian Hardt向记者展示他们的一个产品。
During the pandemic they also received government subsidies for social insurance, energy costs, electricity, medication and disinfection, according to Hardt.