United Imaging is spending $490 million to build a smart R&D and manufacturing facility

United Imaging has invested more than $490 million in building a smart R&D and manufacturing complex in Shanghai.

The modern campus will span approximately 420,000 square meters and will be the company’s global R&D headquarters. It will be used for technology research and development, smart manufacturing, international training and global branding. Its size will accommodate 8,000 to 10,000 employees and it will also be designed by architectural design firm Gensler, the designer of the Shanghai Tower.

The new campus will help the company in the design and sale of medical equipment, basic components and advanced technologies, from R&D to industrialization. This includes PET/MR, PET/CT, MR, CT, DR and RT.

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It is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. “With this major breakthrough, United Imaging will significantly strengthen its R&D and manufacturing capabilities and research capabilities as a forward-looking company,” said Dr. Xue Min, chairman of United Imaging Group. , in a report.

The complex will include a smart digital super factory that will use IoT, big data and AI for automatic and intelligent manufacturing. These technologies will enable flexible planning and configuration, smart decision-making, automatic production and intelligent operation for manufacturing, warehousing and logistics. This will help it expand its supply capacity and increase its global production capacity with a regional division of labor between the Changzhou factory, the Wuhan base and the US production base.

The need for such a complex reflects the growth of the company over the past 10 years, from tens of employees to thousands today. In addition, the campus will have circular walkways via connecting bridges, open and connected office areas and integrated with city rivers and roads to promote an environmentally friendly, sustainable, free and open environment and an area comfortable and easy to navigate.

In 2020, the company opened a 91,000 square foot assembly and shipping facility in Houston, Texas to expand its presence across the Americas. United Imaging said it sees Houston as a strategic location choice that could provide “all sorts of positive attributes” for its business.

“At the Houston plant, in the short to medium term, we will assemble and ship products throughout the United States, and our facility will also function as a global showroom for our products,” Jeffrey Bundy, CEO of United Imaging Healthcare Solutions, told HCB News at the time. “Longer term, this facility is a solid foundation for an expanded global supply chain with jobs and manufacturing content.”

It was also rumored in May 2021 that the company was considering an initial public offering in Hong Kong which was expected to raise at least $1 billion. He reportedly hired CITIC Securities and China International late last year to prepare for a possible national listing on the Nasdaq-like STAR chart in China.

At this year’s RSNA in Chicago, the company launched its latest product, uCT ATLAS, designed to maximize clinical flexibility. In addition to its 82cm bore and quarter-second rotation time, the 640-slice scanner features a range of AI capabilities not found on previous United Imaging scanners. This includes its uAI Vision camera, deep learning reconstruction and deep learning based dose modulation functions. It is also composed of the Z-Detector architecture and the uExceed software platform.

United Imaging Healthcare Solutions discussed plans for the first installations of its recently FDA-cleared CT system, the uCT ATLAS, which is designed to maximize clinical flexibility.

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