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2015-12-07

  

 

  Name: Gerard Hemeryck

  Nationality: French

  Time spent in Wuhan: Five years

  Occupation: General Manager of Hutchinson Wuhan Automotive Rubber Products Co., Ltd.

  

 

  Photo of Deng Xiaoping working in Hutchinson factory on display

  By Jessie Fan and Intern Ji Shirui

  To Gerard Hemeryck, Wuhan is a familiar city as he has already visited it many times, and Hutchinson is a familiar company as he has worked there for more than 30 years. However, his life in Wuhan starts with a new plant and a new role.

  Completing the "mission impossible"

  At the entrance of the Hutchinson Wuhan company is a new plant that can be clearly distinguished among the other older ones. In March last year when Gerard began to carry out this project, his target was to finish it by the end of 2014, which seemed to be an impossible mission to everybody else involved in this project. However, Gerard managed to accomplish this mammoth feat.

  Gerard has been working for Hutchinson in France since 1982. In 2007, he accepted the CEO's suggestion and relocated to China to be Hutchinson Suzhou's general manager. He had been staying in Suzhou for three years until he began to travel between Suzhou and Wuhan, acting as both Hutchinson Suzhou's General Manager and Senior Vice President of Hutchinson Asia. In September 2014, after finishing the task of opening a new plant in Suzhou, he became a full-time employee in Hutchinson Wuhan.

  Sales total for Hutchinson Wuhan in 2013 was over 520 million RMB. In 2014, the company had around 1,200 members of staff. "Our business develops quickly here, so we take the opportunity to build new buildings here to start the operations of new business," said Gerard, marking the construction of the new Wuhan plant. At the end of 2012, he resigned the Senior VP Hutchinson Asia position, and became the project manager constructing new plants.

  In August 2014, the construction for the foundation of the new plant officially began. Since then, one question that had been asked again and again to Gerard was

  when he will be able to finish it. "And my answer always was: 'END OF 2014,'" said Gerard, "They continued to ask: 'Do you have a plan B?' 'No, I only have one plan.'"

  Gerard's "secret weapon" is rigidly following one step after another according to the schedule. He held a one-hour meeting every day with the constructor to ensure that they kept up with the schedule during the whole construction period which lasted four months.

  On December 31, 2014, construction for the first of the two new plants was completed. Five days later, the second plant was also completed.

  On February 3, the former GM of Hutchinson Wuhan resigned, and Gerard became the new GM. He is going to continue the story of Hutchinson Wuhan.

  Deng Xiaoping and Hutchinson Wuhan

  Over 90 years ago, Deng Xiaoping and a group of Chinese revolutionaries participated in a work and study programme at the Hutchinson rubber factory in Montargis, France. Now in the main office building of Hutchinson Wuhan, there is a board on which pictures of Deng Xiaoping and the shoe shop he once worked in are on display. The board is titled "Great Footprint."

  Deng Xiaoping worked with Hutchinson from 1922 to 1923. At that time, his job was to affix rubber to shoes to make them waterproof. After nearly one century, Hutchinson is still working on producing rubber products, but they no longer produce rubber shoes. It now ranks top among the global non-tire rubber products suppliers.

  As an employee who has worked for Hutchinson for many years, Gerard is quite proud of this unique piece of history. He thinks it's important for the factory to display this picture on the wall and hopes that this history will help promote modern Sino-French cultural and economic exchanges.

  A huge fan of Chinese food

  Gerard has been to plenty of cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Harbin, Guangzhou, Dalian, Xiamen and Sanya.

  "What I like to do now is to discover more in China." He has made some Chinese friends with whom he goes to KTV for special events, such as the company's Chinese New Year Party. "KTV is a nice place to speak with friends, listen to the music, and taste special beverages," he added.

  Gerard appreciates the Chinese food and he sometimes eats barbecue, especially at the small stalls along the streets. He thinks this kind of food is part of Chinese tradition.

  Gerard made a brief summary on his impression of Wuhan, "Wuhan is a very huge city, and it grows fast." Actually, what Gerard is doing here in Wuhan also contributes to the rapid development of the city.

  

 

  Name: Gerard Hemeryck

  Nationality: French

  Time spent in Wuhan: Five years

  Occupation: General Manager of Hutchinson Wuhan Automotive Rubber Products Co., Ltd.

  

 

  Photo of Deng Xiaoping working in Hutchinson factory on display

  By Jessie Fan and Intern Ji Shirui

  To Gerard Hemeryck, Wuhan is a familiar city as he has already visited it many times, and Hutchinson is a familiar company as he has worked there for more than 30 years. However, his life in Wuhan starts with a new plant and a new role.

  Completing the "mission impossible"

  At the entrance of the Hutchinson Wuhan company is a new plant that can be clearly distinguished among the other older ones. In March last year when Gerard began to carry out this project, his target was to finish it by the end of 2014, which seemed to be an impossible mission to everybody else involved in this project. However, Gerard managed to accomplish this mammoth feat.

  Gerard has been working for Hutchinson in France since 1982. In 2007, he accepted the CEO's suggestion and relocated to China to be Hutchinson Suzhou's general manager. He had been staying in Suzhou for three years until he began to travel between Suzhou and Wuhan, acting as both Hutchinson Suzhou's General Manager and Senior Vice President of Hutchinson Asia. In September 2014, after finishing the task of opening a new plant in Suzhou, he became a full-time employee in Hutchinson Wuhan.

  Sales total for Hutchinson Wuhan in 2013 was over 520 million RMB. In 2014, the company had around 1,200 members of staff. "Our business develops quickly here, so we take the opportunity to build new buildings here to start the operations of new business," said Gerard, marking the construction of the new Wuhan plant. At the end of 2012, he resigned the Senior VP Hutchinson Asia position, and became the project manager constructing new plants.

  In August 2014, the construction for the foundation of the new plant officially began. Since then, one question that had been asked again and again to Gerard was

  when he will be able to finish it. "And my answer always was: 'END OF 2014,'" said Gerard, "They continued to ask: 'Do you have a plan B?' 'No, I only have one plan.'"

  Gerard's "secret weapon" is rigidly following one step after another according to the schedule. He held a one-hour meeting every day with the constructor to ensure that they kept up with the schedule during the whole construction period which lasted four months.

  On December 31, 2014, construction for the first of the two new plants was completed. Five days later, the second plant was also completed.

  On February 3, the former GM of Hutchinson Wuhan resigned, and Gerard became the new GM. He is going to continue the story of Hutchinson Wuhan.

  Deng Xiaoping and Hutchinson Wuhan

  Over 90 years ago, Deng Xiaoping and a group of Chinese revolutionaries participated in a work and study programme at the Hutchinson rubber factory in Montargis, France. Now in the main office building of Hutchinson Wuhan, there is a board on which pictures of Deng Xiaoping and the shoe shop he once worked in are on display. The board is titled "Great Footprint."

  Deng Xiaoping worked with Hutchinson from 1922 to 1923. At that time, his job was to affix rubber to shoes to make them waterproof. After nearly one century, Hutchinson is still working on producing rubber products, but they no longer produce rubber shoes. It now ranks top among the global non-tire rubber products suppliers.

  As an employee who has worked for Hutchinson for many years, Gerard is quite proud of this unique piece of history. He thinks it's important for the factory to display this picture on the wall and hopes that this history will help promote modern Sino-French cultural and economic exchanges.

  A huge fan of Chinese food

  Gerard has been to plenty of cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Harbin, Guangzhou, Dalian, Xiamen and Sanya.

  "What I like to do now is to discover more in China." He has made some Chinese friends with whom he goes to KTV for special events, such as the company's Chinese New Year Party. "KTV is a nice place to speak with friends, listen to the music, and taste special beverages," he added.

  Gerard appreciates the Chinese food and he sometimes eats barbecue, especially at the small stalls along the streets. He thinks this kind of food is part of Chinese tradition.

  Gerard made a brief summary on his impression of Wuhan, "Wuhan is a very huge city, and it grows fast." Actually, what Gerard is doing here in Wuhan also contributes to the rapid development of the city.

  

 

  Name: Gerard Hemeryck

  Nationality: French

  Time spent in Wuhan: Five years

  Occupation: General Manager of Hutchinson Wuhan Automotive Rubber Products Co., Ltd.

  

 

  Photo of Deng Xiaoping working in Hutchinson factory on display

  By Jessie Fan and Intern Ji Shirui

  To Gerard Hemeryck, Wuhan is a familiar city as he has already visited it many times, and Hutchinson is a familiar company as he has worked there for more than 30 years. However, his life in Wuhan starts with a new plant and a new role.

  Completing the "mission impossible"

  At the entrance of the Hutchinson Wuhan company is a new plant that can be clearly distinguished among the other older ones. In March last year when Gerard began to carry out this project, his target was to finish it by the end of 2014, which seemed to be an impossible mission to everybody else involved in this project. However, Gerard managed to accomplish this mammoth feat.

  Gerard has been working for Hutchinson in France since 1982. In 2007, he accepted the CEO's suggestion and relocated to China to be Hutchinson Suzhou's general manager. He had been staying in Suzhou for three years until he began to travel between Suzhou and Wuhan, acting as both Hutchinson Suzhou's General Manager and Senior Vice President of Hutchinson Asia. In September 2014, after finishing the task of opening a new plant in Suzhou, he became a full-time employee in Hutchinson Wuhan.

  Sales total for Hutchinson Wuhan in 2013 was over 520 million RMB. In 2014, the company had around 1,200 members of staff. "Our business develops quickly here, so we take the opportunity to build new buildings here to start the operations of new business," said Gerard, marking the construction of the new Wuhan plant. At the end of 2012, he resigned the Senior VP Hutchinson Asia position, and became the project manager constructing new plants.

  In August 2014, the construction for the foundation of the new plant officially began. Since then, one question that had been asked again and again to Gerard was

  when he will be able to finish it. "And my answer always was: 'END OF 2014,'" said Gerard, "They continued to ask: 'Do you have a plan B?' 'No, I only have one plan.'"

  Gerard's "secret weapon" is rigidly following one step after another according to the schedule. He held a one-hour meeting every day with the constructor to ensure that they kept up with the schedule during the whole construction period which lasted four months.

  On December 31, 2014, construction for the first of the two new plants was completed. Five days later, the second plant was also completed.

  On February 3, the former GM of Hutchinson Wuhan resigned, and Gerard became the new GM. He is going to continue the story of Hutchinson Wuhan.

  Deng Xiaoping and Hutchinson Wuhan

  Over 90 years ago, Deng Xiaoping and a group of Chinese revolutionaries participated in a work and study programme at the Hutchinson rubber factory in Montargis, France. Now in the main office building of Hutchinson Wuhan, there is a board on which pictures of Deng Xiaoping and the shoe shop he once worked in are on display. The board is titled "Great Footprint."

  Deng Xiaoping worked with Hutchinson from 1922 to 1923. At that time, his job was to affix rubber to shoes to make them waterproof. After nearly one century, Hutchinson is still working on producing rubber products, but they no longer produce rubber shoes. It now ranks top among the global non-tire rubber products suppliers.

  As an employee who has worked for Hutchinson for many years, Gerard is quite proud of this unique piece of history. He thinks it's important for the factory to display this picture on the wall and hopes that this history will help promote modern Sino-French cultural and economic exchanges.

  A huge fan of Chinese food

  Gerard has been to plenty of cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Harbin, Guangzhou, Dalian, Xiamen and Sanya.

  "What I like to do now is to discover more in China." He has made some Chinese friends with whom he goes to KTV for special events, such as the company's Chinese New Year Party. "KTV is a nice place to speak with friends, listen to the music, and taste special beverages," he added.

  Gerard appreciates the Chinese food and he sometimes eats barbecue, especially at the small stalls along the streets. He thinks this kind of food is part of Chinese tradition.

  Gerard made a brief summary on his impression of Wuhan, "Wuhan is a very huge city, and it grows fast." Actually, what Gerard is doing here in Wuhan also contributes to the rapid development of the city.