Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) has created a new world industry region: Greater China. It will be the division’s fourth region because of its size, success and strategic business potential and comprises China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Greater China joins the Americas, EMIA (Europe, Middle East, India & Africa) and Asia-Pacific regions.
As a separate operating region, Greater China will gain additional focus and investment, plus a strong local executive leadership for faster response to the China market, as well as more resources for further growth. Intergraph also will offer more customized industry solutions to Greater China customers.
Welch Sun, who has held several executive positions with multinational, high-tech corporations during his professional career, has been appointed to lead PP&M’s business operation and management in Greater China, effective July 1. Formerly vice general manager of China, Sun will have the title of General Manager, Greater China, in his new role.
In Greater China, which was formerly a part of Intergraph PP&M’s Asia-Pacific region, Sun succeeds Franz Kufner, who increased PP&M’s revenue fourfold since taking over as China country manager in 2007. Kufner took over responsibility of the Asia-Pacific region in December 2011, and will devote his energy to expanding Intergraph’s business in that region.
Before joining Intergraph as vice general manager, Sun was general manager of Public Sector and Utility Business for Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Service Group in China, with full responsibility for consulting services business in the public sector, medical/health and transportation fields. Sun represented multinational corporations in roundtable discussions organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, respectively, in Beijing, for service outsourcing, cloud computing and other areas.
Sun is a native of Shandong in eastern China and a graduate of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Prior to his time with Hewlett-Packard, he held executive positions with multinational solution providers such as Microsoft, Apple, AMD and Autodesk, and fostered a reputation within the market for his ability to work in cooperation with Chinese organizations.
Sun will be based in Intergraph Process, Power & Marine’s offices in Beijing.
Kufner, who joined Intergraph in 2001, increased the company’s revenue in China by 400 percent in five years.
Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, “Intergraph and Hexagon AB, which owns Intergraph, have invested heavily in the Greater China market for many years. This is another step to further supporting our ever-expanding customer base in China and serving new customers and new industries in the future. Intergraph plans to significantly increase the team in 2012 at offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen and new locations. We have the ability to completely support our SmartPlant® and SmartMarine® Enterprise portfolios within the Greater China region. We are committed to growing our presence in the region.”
Sun said of joining the company, “Intergraph and the Process, Power & Marine division is a respected, trusted company in Greater China because of its commitment to customer success, deep industry expertise, a long tradition of technical innovation and its core value of being honest professionals. The standing in Greater China is one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of Intergraph PP&M, and I am dedicated to fulfilling our ‘Rule No. 1’: We will never let a customer down.”
The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its “PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2015.”
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, July 4, 2012; Image: intergraph