I am proud and happy to show some pics of our first Lcv project with JV Renault/Brilliance/Jinbei: the Haise King Jinbei has been officially presented in China to the Press last Friday. Special thanks to Renault Lcv Design director Louis Morasse and top management for their support, to all Jinbei colleagues and project team, to Launch Design Company in Tianjin for their strong and significant help on modeling digital & manual.
2019 I moved to Shenyang in China to become the Design General Manager for
Renault-Jinbei vehicles (RBJAC Company, a joint-venture with Renault).
I do not
hide the fact that I was very excited to leave and very scared to do it!
It is always
very difficult, at my age, to leave what you have for something you do not know
at all. More than that, it is hard to quit your nice comfort zone.
At the same
time if you want to accomplish in life relevant experiences you must quit your
comfort zone, you must go, and this is what I did.
the 25th of December 2019 and while I am writing I remember that,
here in China, there is no Christmas holidays…so no days off for me, I am
working just like all my colleagues here. (Do not worry I will take my short
vacation during the Chinese Spring Festival).
I am very
satisfied of my living conditions, I am based in downtown and walking distance
I have almost all necessary shops and stores. Here lots of shopping malls in
which I can find everything, it is also nice to walk around and discover lots
of restaurants, too. Main train station is also close to where I live, and it
makes easy when I have to travel with the high speed train to go to Tianjin.
What I see
here is the will of growing more and better as a Country, what I mean is the
engagement & energy everybody is putting in going to work every day
included Saturdays and sometimes also Sundays (it happens to me too). I guess
it is one of Chinese secrets of success, to grow fast thanks to the people’s daily
you can decide to change a front-end design on your model and 24 hours later
you have the new one on your clay model. This is a small example of what we can
do here without colleagues protests or resistance or time schedule changes. If
you need 3D Printing parts no problem, the service is reliable and fast, same
thing if you need to update your Alias model with important modifications. The
changes will be implemented fast and very well, too.
food, in this part of China, is particularly tasty and not expensive. However,
if I feel like eating Italian or French food no problem to find very good
restaurants with Italians or French people working there. Now I already have
few references restaurants.
I can say that I am having a great start in this new experience.
It is a different life compared to the one I had in Europe. The daily speed is different, the overall timing spent at work is longer, the opportunities to apply changes respecting the planning is a reality, the high cold temperature is also a reality (here we can touch -20°). Wechat application on our smartphones help us to be in touch with colleagues, friends & family (just like Watsup). I can pay using my telephone, and to find a taxi or a driver it is easy and fast, too.
It is a good thing for design students to try getting in contact with design professionals. The main objective is to get a feedback about their works in order to improve their skills and design approach.
However; there are several ways not to do it and others to do it correctly.
In this video some info about this important topic.
To be a design manager means to help designers’ team requests to be accepted by the Product Project Team so that the final result will be satisfying.
In Car Design, where projects development is really complex, Design Management strategy and tactics are very important to get what Design is looking for. The Design Project Manager is the link between designers team and rest of company team (engineers, product planning, purchasing, marketing, at so on).
In this short video I try to give some usefull infos about this topic.
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