Radu Gosav works in the office. (Photo by Eric)
Over the past 17 years Radu Gosav has made over 100 long-haul flights between Guangdong and Romania, something you might guess from the model planes dotting the shelves of his bookcase.
In his own words, “following the electronics industry”, Radu Gosav first arrived here in 2001 and joined TÜV SÜD two years later. As director of the EMC department for TÜV SÜD Greater China, Radu's role is to oversee testing on the quality of products ranging from consumer electronic products to automotive sub-assemblies and components.
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Radu Gosav works in the lab. (Photo by Eric)
Guangdong leads the world in manufacturing
Radu has been working for TÜV SÜD for fifteen years. Headquartered in Munich, TÜV SÜD is a world-renowned testing, certification and inspection company. At present, the EMC department is employed by Guangdong enterprises to test the quality of electronic products which are about to be exported to the world. With the electronics manufacturing boom in Guangdong, Radu and his colleagues have become increasingly busy.
“I have to say that throughout the last fifteen years, what I notice is that the Chinese manufacturers have improved the quality every year, and there is an active interest from our clients in improving the quality, improving the functionality, making the products better.”
Located in a laboratory in Wisdomland Business Park in Shenzhen’s Nanshan district, samples of products, ranging from mobile phones to home appliances, are ready for testing by the EMC department. Radu explained that after the completion of the new EMC Laboratory in Panyu next October, that laboratory will extend the scope of testing to to automobile parts and accessories .
With the transformation of industry and labor force in Guangdong, the province’s electronic information industry has realized a production value of over 3 trillion RMB, and has formed an emerging industrial clusters worth over 100 billion RMB covering areas as diverse as: mobile communication, flat-panel display, high-end software, semiconductor lighting, biological medicine, intelligent manufacturing equipment, and new materials. Over the past 17 years in Guangdong, Radu has experienced and witnessed the transformation and upgrade of "Guangdong Manufacturing".
“Guangdong used to be the manufacturing industry for everything, especially for consumer low cost products. But in time, the quality of the products has improved, and also the level of technology has improved.” Radu said, “I’m very pleased to see that Guangdong Province is at the forefront of changing technology.”
Airplane models in Radu's office.(Photo by Eric)
Radu and his families. (Provided to Newsgd.com)
More livable, more open
After living in Guangdong for 17 years, Radu feels at home here. With increasingly better government services, education, medical care, transportation and living conditions, Guangdong has become more and more livable.
Since English is widely spoken throughout Guangdong, it is more convenient for expats to live here. Furthermore, the signs, displays and announcements on the Metro and busses are all provided in English as well.
What impressed Radu most, however, are the government services in Guangdong. Since government employees communicate in English and forms are written in English, it is more efficient for expats to deal with issues. There is an Overseas Management Service Center for expats in Shenzhen, which is very close to where Radu lives in Nanshan.
Radu’s wife and daughter settled in Guangdong in 2009. His daughter is now studying at an international school in Nanshan. At present, there are about 25 international schools across Guangdong, most of which follow curriculums based on those of the United States, the United Kingdom or Canada.
“From my experience, the Opening up is best expressed in terms of increasing the quality of everything I have here.”