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Management innovation, extending and expanding its capacity and capability, from 2011 till now
  • In 2014

    Model enterprise of intellectual property application in Hunan Province;

    Key new high-tech enterprise of the National Torch Plan;

    "AAA credit enterprise" assessed by China Construction Machinery Association;

    One among the first batch of enterprises obtaining the certification of "Intellectual Property Management System"

  • In 2013

    National model enterprise for innovation method; 

    Provincial/municipal Academician workstation;

    Sunward Intelligent industrial design center in Hunan Province;

    Research and production license of weaponries; 

    National education base for engineering practices;

    In July, the "Super Strong Multifunctional Drilling Machine with Double Power Units" obtained recognition and awards as the First Piece (Set) of Significant Technical Equipment Award in Hunan Province. 

    In July, Sunward became the national model enterprise for innovation method.

    In August, the invention patent "a Crawler-type Pile Frame and the Installation Method" won the first prize for Patent Award in Hunan Province.

    In August, Sunward was approved to set up the "Sunward Industrial Design Center of Hunan Province".

    In November, Sunward was approved to be one of the first "Academician Workstations" in Hunan Province.

    In November, Sunward got the approval from Hunan Development and Reform Commission to set up the "Hunan Research Center of Underground Construction Equipment".

  • In 2012

    One of the first enterprises recognized by the Intellectual Property Management Implementing Standards released by China's State Intellectual Property Office

    Hunan governor quality award

    Model enterprise for the project of cultivating enterprises' intellectual property advantage in Hunan Province

    In February, the "key technology of high-performance rotary drilling machine and its industrialization" won the first prize in Hunan Science and Technology Progress Award.

    In April, Mr. He was elected as President of Hunan's Mechanical Engineering Society.

    On April 20th, Anhui Sunward Mining Equipment Co., Ltd made great success in the site technical test of movable rescue capsules for mines, marking the date Sunward obtained the admittance to develop the area of mine refuge. Sunward Mining was also the first enterprise that successfully passed the site technical test of rescue capsules for mines in Anhui Province.

    In May, the integrated hydraulic downhole drilling machine of Sunward was jointly affirmed as the "National Key New Product" by Ministry of Science and Technology, Environmental Protection Administration, Ministry of Commerce and AQSIQ. 

    A special TV program titled "Intelligent Drilling", on SWE-17E intelligent drilling machine– was shown on CCTV 10 at the golden hours in early June, 2012, lasting for about an hour. After that, a great number of audiences and specialists became interested in SWE-17E and started to pay close attention to it. SWE-17E, as a type of intelligent drilling machine, was developed independently by Sunward in 3 years. Internationally speaking, it is one that reaches the advanced level in the aspect of control technology and it has helped launch the market of intelligent drilling machines. Hence, the launching of such intelligent machine has become an important milestone in the area of intellectualized equipment manufacturing. 

    In July, the National Strategic Investment Program for New Industries approved and initiated Sunward project "The Development and Application of Key Technologies of Full Set Construction Equipment for Intellectualized Pile Foundation", providing a government funding of 16.9 million yuan to Sunward. 

  • In 2011

    World top 50 among the engineering machinery enterprises;

    World top 20 among the drilling machine producers;

    National innovative enterprise;

    Key laboratory in Hunan Province for energy saving technologies in modern engineering equipment;

    Renamed as Sunward Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd.

    Mr. He was elected as the vice president of the fourth council of China's Construction Machinery Society (CCMS).

Listed in market, with its expanded scale, 2006-2010
  • In 2010

    Sunward Industrial Town, Tianjian Sunward, Sunward Mining Equipment and Wuxi Peak Hydraulic were constructed.

    Qualification of manufacturing equipment for the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

    In March, the list of Annual Top 50 China's Engineering Machinery Products in 2009 was released in Beijing. Sunward ZYJ600F static perfusion pile driver with immersed pipe and SWE70N9 multifunctional mini excavator, thanks to their outstanding technology advantages and remarkable market performances, were highly spoken of by specialists, users and media representatives and thus were put on the Top 50 list. (Sunward's products were elected the Annual Top 50 China's Construction Machineries in 2009.)

    In October, Sunward's rotary drilling machine was involved in the government investment program for revitalizing key industries and innovating key technologies.

    In November, Sunward's invention of "Mechatronics Drilling Machine and its Control Method" won Excellent Prize of China's Patent Award. 

    In December, Sunward was rated as key new high-tech enterprise involved in the National Torch Plan.

  • In 2009

    International Science and Technology Cooperation Base;

    National-recognized Enterprise Technology Center.

    The second and third industrial parks of Sunward were built up and started running.

    On August 10th, Sunward was selected in the fourth group of "International Science and Technology Cooperation Bases" by Ministry of Science and Technology (China's Science No. [2009] 206).

    In August, Sunward was elected the national innovation pilot enterprise.

    In September, Sunward's project "Key Technologies and Producing Method of the Diesel of Mini Excavator" obtained support from the "863 Program". (Entities involved: Sunward Intelligent, Tianjin University and Quanchai Engine)

    In November, Sunward was honored "Nationa Enterprise Technology Center" by these five institutions: National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance, General Administration of Customs, State Taxation Administration. (According to the No.16 announcement of the five institutions in 2009)

  • In 2008

    National Study and Work Station for Post-doctors.

    National Mobilization Center of Construction Machineries.

    Sunward's SWDM multifunctional rotary drilling machine was evaluated as National Important New Product (code: 2007GRD20025, according to document [2007]769 of Ministry of Science and Technology). 

    Sunward Intelligent Testing Center gained a certificate from the laboratory of "China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment".

    On June 19th, Sunward was licensed to build the National Study and Work Station for Post-doctors (According to No. (2008) 43 document of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security)

    In July, mini excavators in 15 models and rotary drilling machines in 6 models passed successively the site testing of Italian company RINA and obtained the CE certificate.

    On December 4th, at the meeting discussing the combination and innovation of production, learning and researching Hunan Province, chairman of Sunward Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd, professor He Qinghua, was honored with the top science and technology award of Hunan Province in 2007–Outstanding Contribution Award, and got 1 million yuan as bonus from the provincial party and government. Another scholar honored with this award in 2007 was Mr. Zhong Zhihua, an academician in Chinese Academy of Engineering and president of Hunan University.

  • In 2007

    SUNWARD and its logo were affirmed as China's Famous Brand. 

    In October, Sunward's mini excavator won the first prize in "9th BICES Shape and Appearance Competition".

    In October, Sunward's Backhoe Loader won the Gold Idea Award of "IDSA International Design Excellence Award" (IDSA - Industrial Designers Society of America), which is one of the three major awards in the industrial design area and is known as "Oscar for industrial design".

  • In 2006

    Listed in the stock exchange of Shenzhen.

    Hunan's research center of geotechnical construction equipment and control engineering was settled in Sunward.

Base established, fast growing, 2003-2005
  • In 2004

    Provincial enterprise technology center.

    SUNWARD was acknowledged as famous brand of Hunan province.

    The project developing hydraulic static pile drivers won the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award.

    Ranked at China's Top 100 Competitive New High-tech Enterprises.

    Sunward’s research center was acknowledged as a provincial enterprise technology center.

    Mr. He Qinghua won the fourth Bauhinia Flower Cup Outstanding Entrepreneur Award.

    Mr. He Qinghua was awarded the Guangzhao Technology Award and entitled Province Model Worker.

  • In 2005

    Sunward's mini excavators were exported in batches to developed countries.

    In July, Sunward's project "Mechatronics of Excavators and Information-based Manufacturing" was tested and acknowledged by the specialists in the area of advanced manufacture and automation in the National 863 Program.

    In October, the integrated downhole drilling machine won the first prize in "8th BICES Shape and Appearance Competition".

    In November, Mr. He was elected as an executive member of China's Construction Machinery Society and vice president of the mining machinery branch.

  • In 2003

    The headquarters was moved to the industrial park in Jingkai District, Changsha City, and a base was built.

    The SWE85 multifunctional hydraulic excavator won the first prize in "7th BICES Shape and Appearance Competition".

    The project "Mechatronics of Hydraulic Excavators and Information-based Manufacturing" obtained funding from the National "863" Program.

    Sunward undertook the feature project "the Development of Co-rich Crust Sampler for 7000m Manned Submersible" of the National 863 Program.

    Industrialization base of "863" outcomes planned in the 10th Five-year Plan.

Combing production and learning, created by Sunward, 1999-2002
  • In 1999

    Renting plants, establishing Changsha Sunward Engineering Machinery Limited Company.

    Acknowledged by Hunan Science Committee as new high-tech enterprise.

  • In 2002

    Obtained the import and export right.

    Sunward's project "Tunnel Drilling Robot" was rated as the Torch Plan Project of the Ministry of Science and Technology. 

    The Critical Equipment Innovation Research Project of the National Economic and Trade Commission gave support to Sunward for the project "Multifunctional Hydraulic Static Pile Driver".

    Sunward's project "the Development and Industrialization of Computer-controlled Dobby Hydraulic Drilling Jumbo" gained funding from the National 863 Program.

    Sunward undertook the project "Study on Co-rich Crust Vibration Cutting Head for Mines" which was a subproject of China Ocean Mineral Resource Association in the deep-ocean resource mining area.

  • In 2001

    Shareholding reform, renamed as Hunan Sunward Intelligent Machinery Co., Ltd.

    Acknowledged as the base of industrialization of intelligent robots by the National "863" Program.

    The innovation funding of Ministry of Science and Technology gave support to Sunward.

    The pile clamping device of Sunward's pile diver won Excellent China's Patent Award (the only one within Hunan that year).

    Sunward's multifunctional hydraulic excavator won the first prize in "6th BICES Shape and Appearance Quality Competition".

  • In 2000

    National model enterprise for industrialization of patent technology.

    Acknowledged as the base of industrialization of intelligent robots by the National 863 Program.

    The significant project of "863" -"Tunnel Drilling Robot" was tested and acknowledged by the Ministry of Science and Technology, filling gaps in this field of China.

Cooperation between school and enterprise, polishing the technologies, 1984-1998
  • 1984-1998

    During these years, though the research and development group formed by teachers from the Central South University and led by professor He Qinghua had obtained 16 national patents and more than 30 research outcomes of national and provincial levels, the conversion rate of these outcomes were not optimistic. The total sales of commercial products generated from these outcomes were less than 50 sets.