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  • Celebrating the women in our family

    In November, our new 120t thread roller went into operation, the biggest in China.

    Given that we are fast earning a reputation for fun and engagement with our China family we decided to give our people the task of naming her.  Yes, it is a her! 

    Why? Communism pushed men and women to work together resulting in women have a long history of playing an important role in industry. This was despite China’s lingering tradition of Confucianism, which berated “strong women”. 

    In our family many of our operators are women – muscular and energetic – our iron women (铁弩人). 

    Though the aphorism “women hold up half the sky” has been a part of social rhetoric since Mao Zedong made the statement it was only recently reaffirmed by President Xi Jinping in his commitment to women’s development.

    Similarly, we wanted to recognize the contribution of our women, and to celebrate the enormous influence our women make as model workers for both our women and our men, often inspiring each other to take on the most difficult and demanding tasks. 

    This is why we decided that in naming our thread roller we wanted to celebrate the women in our C&T Family.

    Our people took inspiration from music, films, literature, food and more – especially a Chinese link.  Having a name that reflected our culture and values, was a bonus, too.

    Whilst, we had lots of great names one stood out: Pioneer -  开路先锋。Locally this means the first to develop a new activity or knowledge, to create, to be courageous, the first to open up the road ahead etc.

    We also added our slogan – Yes We Can (是的我们可以)


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