"I never thought fiberglass products were so close to our daily life! The production process here is so wonderful!" said Veronica Wael, an Egyptian Chinese language student at the Confucius Institute of the Suez Canal University in Egypt, when visiting China's fiberglass giant manufacturer Jushi.
At least 60 teachers and students from the Confucius Institute of the Suez Canal University and the department of Chinese language and literature at the British University in Egypt recently visited Jushi Egypt, located in the China-Egypt TEDA Suez Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone.
The visitors were impressed not only by the wide range of applications where fiberglass products could be used－varying from aerospace to household items－but also by the scale and mechanical automation of the manufacturing site and the advanced technology.
In the temperature and humidity-controlled workshop, some curious students asked the Egyptian workers about the functions and uses of various machines. Meanwhile, at the assembly line, others recorded the visit on their mobile phones.
The visit, which lasted half an hour, enabled everyone to get a basic grasp of the fiberglass production process, from raw materials to finished product. They also learned that Jushi Egypt fully possesses the core technology of fiberglass production and has trained a large number of professional workers in Egypt.
"Chinese manufacturing is really amazing and it shows how powerful science and technology are," Sandra Ghattas, an Egyptian student, said during the tour.
Accompanied by Wu Ping, general manager of Jushi Egypt, the students were given a deeper understanding of the company's business structure, future plans for the plant and the characteristics of fiberglass production, which requires high-tech equipment and large investment.
With the help of Jushi, Egypt has become one of the largest fiberglass producers and exporters in the world.
Established in January 2012, Jushi Egypt's large-scale fiberglass production base covers a total area of 360,000 square meters, with an annual output of more than 200,000 metric tons, according to Wu.
"This is the first large-scale fiberglass production line built overseas by China, which has not only filled a gap for fiberglass manufacturing in the Middle East and North Africa region, but also pushed forward the internationalization strategy of China's fiberglass industry," Wu says.
After the tour, the students also experienced traditional Chinese calligraphy and paper-cutting in the activity hall of the plant. Some of the artistic creations read "New Year" and "spring" in Chinese characters.
Afterward, on a stage in the hall, some talented Egyptian students interested in, and familiar with, Chinese culture performed Chinese martial arts, dances and popular songs, marking the joyful conclusion of a memorable visit.
"I hope that through such activities, more young talent in Egypt can learn about China's advanced manufacturing technologies. This is also a responsibility of our Chinese enterprises overseas," Wu says, noting that Egyptian students conversant in Chinese are welcome to join Chinese-funded enterprises in Egypt.
"I will try my best to learn Chinese and I am looking forward to joining a Chinese enterprise and gaining such experience one day," says Wael.