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Smart Processes in China

Worldwide, companies are pushing forward the fourth industrial revolution. In Asia, First Sensor helps large commercial enterprises control complex processes intelligently with their products.


$56.6 billion

Global Smart Factory sales in 2020 (MarketsandMarkets, KESSIA)







Formerly known as the extended workbench of the world, the People's Republic of China is completing its transformation to a high-tech production location. The digitalization of production processes is a key pillar of this. This was still in its infancy when First Sensor was first contacted in 2011 by a leading Chinese industrial company.

The background was the introduction of high-precision pressure transmitters based on semiconductor technology. In the chemicals industry, for example, pressure transmitters control the flow rate in pipelines and replace manual control with mechanical units or valves. First Sensor is known on the market as a provider of the necessary pressure sensor components. For this reason, the Chinese company was specifically interested in the standard products from the K series and ordered several thousand components in 2012 after a successful test phase.

K series pressure sensor element
STARe K Series

Our standard piezo-resistive components are used in industry and medical technology. Pressure sensor chips based on STARe technology ensure their long-term stability and precision.
As a state-owned company, the process automation specialist was able to invest in the new technology sooner than a private competitor. In the years that followed, the company secured shares in the global market and steadily increased its production capacity. Over time, the customer increased its demand for the K series pressure sensor components by an average of approximately 10% per year. First Sensor was able to hold its own because the standard sensors set themselves apart not only due to the extremely important price structure in Asia combined with guaranteed quality but also because they were quickly available.

Smarte Prozesse in der IndustrieThe Chinese took the growing demand as an opportunity to travel to Germany themselves in 2014 and take a look at the semiconductor production for the pressure sensor chips in Berlin, among other things. The next visit by the industrial company is planned for 2020. The customer appreciates this close contact. It also arises from the fact that German experts from First Sensor travel to the headquarters in China to discuss technical details. At the same time, there is close personal contact at working level as the sales team on-site in Shanghai ensures proximity to major customers.

Investments in new technology pay off

The Chinese industrial company is now one of the leading suppliers of pressure transmitters and currently the number one for First Sensor when it comes to sales of the K series in Asia. The process automation specialist has since increased the number of units purchased each year more than ten-fold. In addition, the next innovation is in the starting blocks: First Sensor is working with the industrial company to develop a customized solution from the standard product. This solution is intended to achieve even better stability and measuring quality in pressure transmitters.
Company
First Sensor is one of the world's leading suppliers in the field of sensor systems. In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific solutions for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. Our goal here is to identify, meet and solve the challenges of the future with our innovative sensor solutions early on.
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In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
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In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
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Innovation, excellence, proximity – these are our values, our ambition, our drive. Anything less is not an option. Our sensor solutions stand for technical innovation and economic growth. As such, they form the basis for the development and application of new technologies in almost all areas of life. We aim to shape this future together with you.

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