SHANGHAI, China - United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) was recently recognized with the 2014 Industry Promotion Award from Scientific American China for outstanding contributions to the growth of sustainable cities in China through the creation of innovative technologies and energy-efficient products.
The 2014 Industry Promotion Award is part of Scientific American China's annual Innovations of the Year awards. Winners are selected by a team of editors and industry experts, with candidates' performance in research and development, innovation management and outcome, promotion to the industry, and local contributions assessed as part of the award evaluation process. Scientific American China is considered one of the country’s premier science and technology magazines.
Dr. J. Michael McQuade, senior vice president, Science and Technology, United Technologies Corp. (UTC), said, "We are honored to win this prestigious award from Scientific American China highlighting United Technologies' long tradition of innovation and superior research and development. We continually seek to define new frontiers in sustainable and energy-efficient technologies to bring real benefits to our customers and make the world a better place in which to live. We are proud of our contributions to the growing trend of sustainability in China's many cities and look forward to playing an important role in this arena going forward."
As the Chinese economy enters a new era driven by energy-efficiency and sustainable design, the upgrading of innovation-driven industries and the development of greener companies is becoming increasingly critical to the government and the whole of Chinese society. By focusing on two major markets -- commercial buildings and aerospace -- United Technologies provides greener and more efficient, innovative solutions for the continued development of sustainable cities throughout China.
Founded in 1997, United Technologies Research Center (China) Ltd. (UTRC China) was the first wholly foreign-owned research and development enterprise established in China. Besides UTRC China, United Technologies has established five engineering centers in China that are closely affiliated with the company's business units, to support options to improve product performance, energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.
United Technologies is committed to the continued development of high-efficiency products that address the growing demands of China's flourishing sustainable market. A prime example of this is the AquaEdge™ chiller launched by Carrier, a UTC subsidiary. Introduced to the China market initially, the AquaEdge is responsible for great improvements in energy efficiency, and is now being marketed worldwide.
In the field of commercial aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, another UTC subsidiary, is bringing its game-changing next generation PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines into China. The engines provide a 16 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, 50 percent reduction in regulated emissions and 75 percent reduction in noise, thereby enabling greener air travel between cities nationwide.
In addition to its innovative green products and services, United Technologies has been working closely with Chinese government organizations, such as the Ministry of Housing, Rural and Urban Development, and Society of Urban Studies, to support the development of sustainable cities throughout the country. United Technologies supported the "Eco-City Assessment and Best Practices" project and is also a founding member of China's Green Building Council.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.cn.utc.com.