In the first half of 2020, Everbright International's equipment manufacturing sector rode on the philosophy of "accelerating marketisation, satisfying market demands". It further enhanced its branding, and strengthened its full-process servicing system covering research and development ("R&D"), manufacturing and maintenance, in order to improve its sustainability.
In terms of market expansion, in the first half of 2020, equipment manufacturing signed 15 external sales contracts and sold 34 sets of equipment to the external markets, including 22 sets of grate furnaces, 8 sets of flue gas purification systems and 4 sets of leachate treatment systems. The total external contract sales of equipment amounted to RMB517 million.
In terms of equipment supply and services, in the first half of 2020, equipment manufacturing commenced a total of 41 service items, spanning 16 provinces and municipalities in China. It provided 55 sets of grate furnaces to projects of Everbright International and external customers, a 77% increase as compared with the first half of 2019. The designed daily waste processing capacity of these grate furnaces reached 25,430 tonnes, an increase of 63% as compared with the first half of 2019. Moreover, equipment manufacturing sold 48 sets of grate furnaces, 24 sets of flue gas purification systems and 11 sets of leachate treatment systems.
In terms of after-sales service, in the first half of 2020, the after-sales market of equipment manufacturing saw a further increase. Of which, the sector signed 69 external after-sales service contracts, with a total value of RMB82.12 million. A total of 109 aftersales service projects were provided in the first half of 2020, recording an increase of 16% as compared with the first half of 2019, of which 55 were internal projects and 54 were external projects.
Regarding R&D, equipment manufacturing continues to enhance its capability of independent technological design, in order to better support the development of the other sectors under Everbright International. In the first half of 2020, equipment manufacturing established the technological management department; focused on the R&D of water-cooling grate furnaces, conducted optimisation of its 1,000 tonnes/day grate furnace, the first of this type in China, in terms of the equipment structure and other aspects; conducted R&D of the integrated distributed control system ("DCS") for furnace flue gas treatment, which had been applied to and tested at projects of Everbright International; and completed intelligent waste sorting equipment, preliminary design proposals, and the prototype of an intelligent waste sorting station. Equipment manufacturing completed 18 design optimisation projects and 32 independent design projects. A total of 7 new product development projects were also completed in the same time frame.
Furthermore, in the first half of 2020, phase III of Everbright International's equipment manufacturing centre in Changzhou City commenced trial production. This has effectively expanded the equipment manufacturing capacity of Everbright International, and serves as a resilient infrastructure safeguard for the rapid development of Everbright International's equipment manufacturing capability.