Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai was founded in 1991 and it was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in November 1996. At the beginning, Gree was only a company that assembled residential air conditioners. Now it has grown into a diversified technological global industrial group that has expanded its business to air conditioners, home appliances, high-end equipment and communication equipment. Gree products are sold widely to more than 160 countries and regions.
Gree has 90,000 employees, including 14,000 engineers and over 30,000 technical workers. It has 14 production bases around the world, which are located in Zhuhai, Chongqing, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Shijiazhuang, Wuhu, Changsha, Hangzhou, Luoyang, Nanjing, and Chengdu as well as Brazil and Pakistan. In addition, Gree has established 5 renewable resources bases in Changsha, Zhengzhou, Shijiazhuang, Wuhu and Tianjin, covering the entire industrial chain from production to recovery of waste products, for green, recyclable and sustainable development.
Gree company has 15 research institutes, namely, Refrigeration Technology Institute, Mechanical and Electrical Technology Institute, Home Appliances Technology Institute, New Energy and Environment Technology Institute, Health Technology Institute, Communication Technology Institute, Intelligent Equipment Technology Institute, Robots Research Institute, Numerical Control Machine Tools Institute, Internet of Things Technology Institute, Equipment Power Technology Institute, Motor System Technology Institute, Washing Technology Institute, and Freeze and Refrigeration Technology Institute and Building Environment and Energy Conservation Institute. Gree has established 96 research institutions, 929 laboratories, 2 academician workstations, one national key laboratory, one national engineering research center, one national industrial design center, one national recognized enterprise technology center, and one robotics engineering technology research center. Moreover, it has become the research and evaluation base for the national notification enquiry center.
Stand firm in innovation-driven development. The company has laid down the principle for R&D expenditure: “input according to demand and no upper limit”; In 2018, the annual input in scientific research and development reached US$ 1.1 billion (RMB 7.268 billion). Through many years of research and development, the company has applied for 61,052 national patents including 29,755 invention patents, and 1,970 international patents. On the list of China invention patents published by China National Intellectual Property Administration, Gree ranked No.6 in China and No.1 in the home appliances industry for its number of granted patents. Now Gree has developed 24 “world-leading” technologies, won 2 National Science and Technology Progress Awards, 1 National Award for Technological Invention, and 4 China Patent Gold Awards. According to the Nikkei newspaper, Gree’s global market share of residential air conditioners reached 20.6% in 2018, ranking No.1 in the world for many years. Market share of Gree central air conditioner ranks No. 1 for 7 consecutive years in the domestic market.
Stand firm in giving priority to quality. Gree company always insists on integrity operation and has established the perfect quality management mode based on satisfying customers’ needs. With strict quality control and system construction, Gree works hard to achieve the target of “Zero Defect, Zero After-sales Service”. According to the statistics released by China National Institute of Standardization, Gree’s customer satisfaction and loyalty in the past 8 years remained No.1 in the air conditioning industry since 2011. In 2018, Gree won the China Quality Award.
Stand firm in transformation and upgrading. The company follows the supply side structural reform, adjusts and optimizes industrial layout and actively pushes the upgrade of intelligent manufacturing for high-quality development. From 2013, Gree has started to explore the fields of intelligent equipment, communication equipment and molds, expanding its business to diversified high-end technology industry from professional air conditioner production. Currently, Gree’s intelligent equipment not only provides advanced equipment for its own automation transformation, but also provides services and solutions for the industries of home appliances, automobiles, food, 3C digital products, building materials and sanitary ware. The production value per person has been increased to RMB 1.496 million in 2018 from RMB 0.912 million in 2012.
In 2018, Gree achieved sales revenue of US$30.3 billion (RMB 200.24 billion) with net profit of RMB 26.20 billion, contributing RMB 16.02 billion in total tax, and ranking No. 1 for the tax payment in the homes appliances industry for 12 consecutive years.
Gree will continue to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. Never forget its original aspiration, keep the mission in mind, adhere to the real economy, insist on the development road of self-reliance and independent innovation, and accelerate the realization of management informatization, production automation as well as product intelligence. Moreover, Gree will continue to lead the technological development of the international refrigeration industry, create more leading technologies in the fields of intelligent equipment, communication equipment and mold. Gree will constantly satisfy the needs and desires of consumers around the world for a better future, and write a new chapter in the age of intelligence.
GREE R&D Strength
Technology is the power for enterprise development. In our expanding process, Gree always insists on self-innovation and mastering core technologies for the transformation from “Made in China” to “Created in China”.
Gree has more than 8,000 technicians, 2 national technical research centers, 1 provincial enterprise key lab, 6 institutes (Air Conditioning Institute, Motor Technology Institute, Home Appliances Technology Institute, Intelligent Equipment Technology Institute, New Energy and Environment Technology Institute, Health Technology Institute), and 52 research centers and over 570 labs. Gree has applied for more than 15,600 technology patents, including about 5,000 innovation patents. In 2014 alone, Gree has applied over 4,100 patents, which means 11 patents were born in every day. The average annual investment for technology research is more than 4 billion RMB. In 2014, the investment exceeded 5 billion RMB.
Gree has achieved 12 “world leading” products that have shaped the development of the industry, such as the 1Hz inverter air conditioner, R290 eco-friendly air conditioners, self-developed all DC Inverter VRF units, permanent-magnet synchronous inverter centrifugal chiller, 2-stage inverter compressor, PV direct-driven inverter centrifugal chiller, magnetic suspension inverter centrifugal chiller and so on.
GREE Laboratory – The National Key Laboratories
The National Key Laboratories of Refrigeration Air Conditioning Equipment and System Energy Conservation, which are supported by Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai, focuses on technological progress in refrigeration air conditioning while persisting in researches on application basis and generic technology, lays stress on construction of talent team while leading the technical development in the industry, so as to create a platform of sustainable development in refrigeration industry.
The key laboratories have built a talent team with excellent quality and reasonable structure including 98 researchers and 38 senior engineers and covering many professional fields such as refrigeration, compressor, fluid machinery, thermal transmission, electric power, electron, etc. With over 12,000 ㎡ fields constructed for offices and laboratories, and a total assets of over RMB 200 million on experimental facilities and equipments for inspection of performance, reliability, noise, magnetic compatibility, the laboratories have acquired authentications of many national and international authorities, such as American UL, Canadian CSA, Swiss SGS, German VDE and Chinese CQC, etc.
Among all these laboratories, with high testing precision and wide temperature control range, the Compressor Performance Laboratory can support the tests with the air displacement of 200-9000m³/h.
The Laboratory for Component Characteristic of Thermal Transmission and Refrigeration System can detect coefficient of thermal transmission, flow resistance, heat exchange amount, etc.
Special Environment Laboratory possesses the first domestic 20-ton pushing force horizontal and vertical electric vibration experiment table, light weight and medium weight strong impulsive force experiment table, incline and swing experiment table, etc.
Water-cooled laboratory possesses complex experiment tables with range from 50 standard ton to 3,000 standard ton, which can satisfy performance and reliability tests for different large central air conditioners.
The laboratories have introduced multiple advanced designs and analysis software for simulation design of impeller of centrifuge, flow field of fan, oil circuit of compressor, thermodynamic property, etc., which can effectively improve R&D efficiency and ensure R&D quality.
With the basic constructions, the laboratories focus on the researches in basic generic technology, energy-saving technology, service life and reliability technology, and information/energy technology. The laboratories have undertaken 20 national and provincial science and technology projects, and acquired 14 international leading and advanced technological achievements. We have gained 24 science and technology awards, in which 3 are National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology; moreover, 224 authorized patents for invention, 9 Chinese Patent Awards of Excellence, 101 treatises, and lead and participate in the formulation and revision of 22 international, national and industrial standards.
Under the vigorous support of Gree, and abiding by the operating mechanism of “open, circulation, cooperation, competition”, the National Key Laboratories of Refrigeration Air Conditioning Equipment and System Energy Conservation will persist in the concept of technical innovation and talent cultivation, exert influence as a supporting platform, lead and drive technical progress in the industry, so as to accelerate the implementation of strengthening China thru powerful manufacturing.