October 26, 2017
EWATT BEGINNINGS AND ORIGINS
In early 2008, Mr. Zhao's business suffered a monumental change not of his own creation. Mr. Zhao's core business was dependent on distributing a Japanese brand of power grid smart devices which sold tens of millions of dollars’ worth of units a year, when the company owning the brand abruptly cancelled his contract. This gave Mr. Zhao a great deal of insight for the future, "make sure you build your own brand, have your own projects, so you have the initiative."
Unlike most entrepreneurs, Mr. Zhao and his partners have chosen an industry with high capital and technical barriers: industrial drones. His motivation to join this field has been widely reported in the media -- in the winter of 2008, there was heavy snow and unusually cold conditions in the southern region of China, and the electrical power network that was not often subjected to such extreme cold weather was among the hardest hit infrastructure. Mr. Zhao witnessed the hardships of power line inspection workers - trampling over hill, and climbing electrical towers for inspection in such treacherous weather conditions. He then considered introducing drones, which up to that time were only used in the military, into the power sector, providing a more intelligent method instead of manual inspection.
After more than two years of research and visits, Mr. Zhao was convinced of the feasibility of UAVs for industrial and commercial use, and decided to redirect all his efforts toward industrial drone development. "At that time, drones had begun to sprout from the military to the civilian consumer entertainment industry, and no one in the country specialized in industrial drones. But I am sure that the use of drones in industrial and commercial areas will increase, not only from scratch, but also explosive growth." Zhao said, "Since it is difficult to cut out the ready-made cakes, let's make the cake ourselves."
Pioneering is certainly not easy. At that time, the company faced new subdivisions, there was no reference standard, and even some key components could only go to the automobile, robots and other industries.
The founding team, from the perspective of the electric power inspection product, EWATT widely collects industry pain points and practical understanding of user needs. EWATT also provides customized products and solutions for different users, eventually they accumulated a good reputation in this field, and for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications in other fields to form the demonstration effect. At present, EWATT UAV products have been used in more than 10 fields including news, film, TV, forestry, police, land surveying, mapping and energy inspection.
It was the seemingly difficult start seven years ago that made EWATT one of the leaders in this field from the beginning. EWATT has been keeping this position all the way down, from the very first period, with accurate market positioning, excellent technical strength and sound business development, in the field of civilian UAVs, EWATT set China first, with the first National Choice Program Award, the first approved isolation airspace and independent civil UAV flight training base. The Civil Aviation Administration approved the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilot training institutions, the first to get "the international advanced level of achievement appraisal, the first sale of one hundred million yuan in China industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and the first landing of the new three boards for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the main business of the company.
For 7 years the business around the industrial drones "big load, long-endurance, multi-functional and intelligent", EWATT’s independent research and development of core technology, actively built the intellectual property protection network layout. "We have now filed more than 500 patents and will break through 800 by the end of this year, the largest number of industrial drones in the world."
At the end of 2017, EWATT will build the first aviation industrial park in China to take the leading products of civilian UAVs at the riverside of the Houguan Lake in Caidian district, Wuhan, China. Zhao Guocheng said that in the future, EWATT will focus on the concept of "UAV+", creating an industrial cluster with drones as the main industry, becoming a world-class enterprise with the leading competitiveness in the international market.
In addition to the development, design and production of unmanned aircraft, it also includes machine research and development, design, production, but also includes the UAV flight, testing, training, maintenance, UAV airborne equipment and UAV large data platforms.