Last week, icubed consulting Principal Consultant, Nick Canto joined the Toowoomba and Surat Basin, Access China Delegation, which included the first international flight from the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport. The five-day event was well supported by over 200 delegates, representing a broad range of sectors including Agriculture, Education, Tourism, Health, Sustainable Design and Energy, as well as representatives from Federal, State and Local Government. Whilst there was certainly a large contingent from the Darling Downs, delegates attended from all over the country and were not disappointed by the Quality of the presentations and unprecedented access to Large Chinese Enterprises during the site tour program.
icubed consulting participated in the Energy & Resources / Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Stream, which included site visits to the Yangshan Deepwater Port, which includes a 30km, 6 Lane Access Bridge and is powered by its own Offshore Windfarm. We also inspected the Steam Turbine Manufacturing facility of Shanghai Electric, which was another incredible opportunity to observe first hand the manufacturing capabilities of the region.
As part of our focus on Utility PV Solar, Nick was also invited to inspect the Jinko Solar, PV Solar Panel manufacturing facility, at Haining a short drive from Shanghai, which was an incredible experience. The scale was impressive, with multiple production lines capable of producing around 2GW of modules per annum. A special thankyou to Jinko Solar Australia for making this possible.
No trip to Shanghai would be complete without exploring the city, which included a street food tour. A dozen of us, from Spain, Italy, UK, USA and Ipswich were guided on a three stop dining experience of local delights, such as salt and pepper water snake and Baiji.
Access China 2016 was an incredible experience for all participants and Dr Ben Lyons, Shane Charles and the incredible team at TSBE should be applauded for making this extraordinary opportunity happen. The entire operation was slick to say the least with every detail considered to make this a memorable and valuable experience for every delegate and the businesses they represented.