Primed for performance in China
As global competition intensifies, Sammet remains the leading supplier of dampers for marine scrubbers. It continues to invest in cutting edge technology and moved closer to the action in China. Sammet customers are welcome to visit the new Shanghai facility and see where their products come to life.
An innovation-led Chinese economy has intensified competition in the damper industry. Latest statistics show that over 90% of scrubber installations to ships now take place in either China or South Korea. For Sammet, maintaining its position as the leading supplier of dampers for marine scrubbers translates into continuous investment in cutting edge technology and being close to the action.
“Working with Chinese employees has challenged me to manage in ways which combine the best of Finnish and Chinese work cultures”
Welcome, Sammet Dampers (Shanghai) Co. Ltd which opened in late 2018. Production began in early 2019. The modern, state of the art facility has established the necessary infrastructure and networks needed to capitalise on Sammet’s existing reputation. Mr Arto Savolainen, the General Manager in Shanghai, has worked in China for almost 25 years. His vast experience with production projects, sourcing and quality control for Finnish companies in China makes Savolainen the perfect person to manage Sammet’s China team.
Finnish and Chinese cultures might seem worlds apart but good management knows no barriers. Managing international teams simply reinforces the fundamentals. “Communication skills, commitment to the work and the company, respecting others, trusting colleagues and being trustworthy are extremely important for managing teams”, says Savolainen. While working with Finnish employees quickly builds rapport and trust through common language, Savolainen cites the Chinese work ethic and reciprocal learning as creating strong bonds. “Working with Chinese employees has challenged me to manage in ways which combine the best of Finnish and Chinese work cultures”, reflects Savolainen. Chinese employees are fast learners and the team has quickly established effective working methods to ensure operations run smoothly. “High performance and reduced down-time are crucial to success”, explains Savolainen.