SUNWARD established its specialized R&D institute in 1999 when the company is founded, with the institute of intelligent machines of the Central South University as the main body. Thank for the self-innovation, SUNWARD survives, develops and gets even stronger from the very beginning of its career. SUNWARD takes the self-innovation as the key of survival and development of enterprises, which has been carried out throughout the daily works. Guided by the unique mode of “pilot innovation”, SUNWARD has gained technical accumulation in the practices of original innovation, integrated innovation, open innovation, and continuous innovation. Through the flexible application of the four modes, actual improvement has been achieved in the R&D of large piling machines, compact construction machines, large and medium excavators, modern rock drilling machines and lifting machines.
The technical center has been approved as the national enterprise technology center, the national post doctoral scientific research workstation, academician workstation (experts), national engineering practice education base, geotechnical construction equipment and control engineering technology research center of Hunan province, SUNWARD industrial design center of Hunan province, modern engineering equipment key energy-saving technology Key Laboratory of Hunan Province, and underground engineering equipment Research Center of Hunan province. In the center, there are 400 full-time R&D engineers, which include 30 senior engineers, 3 doctoral tutors, 17 doctors, 3 returned overseas experts, and 3 experts with the allowance of the State Council. Led by Professor He Qinghua, chairman of the board and the director of the technical center, a team of technical experts has been forged with solid theory foundation, self-innovation ability, and rich experience in practice, who are mainly young and middle-aged technocrats led by the technical leader with balanced specialties arrangement. At present, there are 10 research institutes, 5 research offices, 1 test center, 1 department and office for the technical management in the technical center.
SUNWARD has won more than 30 national and provincial awards, including the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award, the third prize of National Invention, the first prize of provincial science and technology progress for 4 times, and has been awarded honorable titles which includes National innovative enterprise, international science and technology cooperation base, national engineering machinery mobilization center, Well-Known Trademark in China, and industrialization base of 863 national achievements.