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Hi-tech Chinese fiberglass factory captures hearts of Egyptian students
by Wu Danni, Mahmoud Fouly
SUEZ, Egypt, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- "I never thought fiberglass products were so close to our daily life! The production process here is so wonderful!" said Veronica Wael, an Egyptian student of Chinese language at Confucius Institute of the Suez Canal University in Egypt, when visiting China's fiberglass giant manufacturer Jushi.
At least 60 teachers and students from Confucius Institute at the Suez Canal University and the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at the British University in Egypt recently visited Jushi Egypt, located in China-Egypt TEDA Suez Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone.
The visitors were impressed not only by the wide range of applications where fiberglass products could be used, varying from aerospace to household items, but also by the scale and mechanical automation of the manufacturing site and the advanced technology.
Egyptian students visit China's fiberglass giant manufacturer Jushi in Suez Province, Egypt, on Dec. 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Sui Xiankai)
In the workshop with constant temperature and humidity, some curious students asked the Egyptian workers about the functions and uses of various machines. Meanwhile, at the assembly line, some others recorded the visiting moments with their mobile phones.
Nearly half an hour's visit enabled everyone to get basic hold of fiberglass production steps from raw materials to finished products. They also learned that Jushi Egypt fully possesses the independent core technology of fiberglass production and has trained a large number of professional workers in Egypt.
"Chinese manufacture is really amazing and it shows how powerful science and technology are," Sandra Ghattas, an Egyptian student, told Xinhua during the tour inside the plant.
Accompanied by Wu Ping, general manager of Jushi Egypt, the students had a deeper understanding of the company's business structure, future plans for the plant and the characteristics of fiberglass production that requires high technology and large investment.
Egyptian students visit the exhibition hall of China's fiberglass giant manufacturer Jushi in Suez Province, Egypt, on Dec. 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)
With the help of Jushi, Egypt has become one of the largest fiberglass producers and exporters in the world.
Established in January 2012, the large-scale fiberglass production base of Jushi Egypt covers a total area of 360,000 square meters, with an annual output of more than 200,000 tonnes, according to Wu.
"This is the first large-scale fiberglass production line built overseas by China, which has not only filled the gap of fiberglass manufacturing in the Middle East and North Africa region, but also pushed forward the internationalization strategy of China's fiberglass industry," Wu said.
Egyptian students experience traditional Chinese paper cutting at China's fiberglass giant manufacturer Jushi in Egypt, on Dec. 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)
After the tour, the students also experienced traditional Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting at the activity hall of the plant. Some of the artistical pieces read "New Year" and "Spring" in Chinese characters.
Afterward, on the stage of the same hall, some talented Egyptian students interested in and familiar with Chinese culture performed Chinese martial arts, dances and popular songs, marking a joyful conclusion of the memorable visit.
"I hope that through such activities, more young talents in Egypt can learn about China's advanced manufacturing technologies, and this is also a responsibility of our Chinese enterprises overseas," Wu told Xinhua, noting Egyptian students conversant with Chinese language are welcome to join Chinese-funded enterprises in Egypt.
Egyptian students experience traditional Chinese calligraphy at China's fiberglass giant manufacturer Jushi, on Dec. 30, 2021. (Xinhua/Wang Dongzhen)
"I will try my best to learn Chinese and I am looking forward to joining a Chinese enterprise one day for new experiences," said Wael.