Published on June 25th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Sustainable Development For Vehicle Batteries For China
Less than six months after the visit of Jim Fitterlin, global CEO of materials industry giant Dow Chemical, A. N. Sreeram, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Dow, visited on a special trip joined by Chairman and CEO Ding Lei of Human Horizons in the third “Human Horizons-Dow Strategic Committee Cooperation Project Promotion Conference”. Dow’s global management is impressed by Human Horizons’ future-oriented “3 Smart” strategy, its fast-growing international team and its new era of smart vehicle products. The two sides announced that they will jointly launch a new cooperative project to promote the application of environmentally friendly and sustainable innovative materials in future vehicles and automotive batteries, and lead the environmental protection reform of the industry.
Chairman and CEO Ding Lei noted that Human Horizons is a future-oriented company. Dow is the first global strategic partner to cooperate with Human Horizons after its inception. It is not only due to the cooperation of R&D and application of lightweight and efficient innovative materials between the two sides. On a deeper level, the two companies share the mission and vision of changing the future of human mobility and improving our living environment. This not only represents the responsibility of Human Horizons to the society as a new force of China’s automobile industry, but also the development strategy that has been deeply rooted in the company since its inception to change the future of mobility and strive to create a better living environment.
Sreeram said that Human Horizons future-oriented “3 Smart” strategy and the new era of smart cars are leading the profound transformation of the mobility industry. Human Horizons places environmental protection at a strategic level, and the innovation of environmentally friendly materials is closely related to the improvement of the environment. Dow highly recognizes the concept of environmental protection development efforts of Human Horizons. Dow will fully support Human Horizons to replace existing automobile products with clean, environmentally friendly and sustainable new energy vehicles, and shoulder the corporate responsibility of improving the environment.
On the same day, Vice Chairman Phil Murphy of Human Horizons chaired the third ” Human Horizons-Dow Strategic Committee Cooperation Project Promotion Conference “, CTO Mark introduced the company’s progress on research and development. Based on Human Horizons’ leading vehicle development capabilities and Dow’s innovative strength in the field of automotive materials, and on the basis of previous research projects that have achieved results, the two sides jointly established six strategic combinations: lightweight, structural rigidity, environmental protection, interior and exterior decoration, ergonomics, noise reduction, sealing and heat conduction. Human Horizons’ first production-ready prototype, which carries Dow’s latest innovations in materials, will be released in the third quarter of this year and is scheduled to go on sale in the first half of 2021.
At the beginning of its establishment, Human Horizons entered into strategic cooperation with Dow. Dr. Yao Weiguang, Dow’s Asia-Pacific CTO, was invited to serve as a member of the International Science and Technology Committee of Human Horizons. Kevin Chen, COO of Human Horizons, also became a member of Dow’s Global Automobile Committee. Following the two seminars held in May and August 2018, the six major strategic cooperation projects will greatly promote the progress of the automotive industry in the field of material innovation, which is also an important step for Human Horizons, as a new force in China’s automotive industry, to promote industry change.
Looking back on the journey of Human Horizons, in less than two years, the start-up has demonstrated global resource leadership of the relevant industries from the innovations of the underlying materials, four-wheel steering hub-motor, EE architecture, dual redundancy, real L3 autonomous driving, programmable intelligent interactive headlights and so on. Together with integration, Dow as the representative, and partners with open and innovative thinking and top technological strengths, Human Horizons will build a new era of smart cars and strive to redefine human mobility.