Strong safety culture
He describes working in China as a good learning opportunity and highlights the safety culture as one of the most positive experiences.
– There was a strong safety culture in Quant China, with a very systematic approach to safety. We barely had any incidents, even though the organizations were very large, with a lot of employees and subcontractors involved in the daily work.
– Also, the work ethic in China is very high. People have a strong motivation and willingness to work, which is something I have taken with me when moving back to Finland.
The cultural differences between Finland and China were big, and there was a language barrier since Niklas does not speak Chinese and many of his colleagues did not speak English. Even so, Niklas says that it did not take very long before he got used to working in a different country.
– One thing I learned is that people are ultimately very similar. We all have more or less the same needs and value similar things. Even though the cultural difference can be big, the basic principles for people are the same.
The years abroad has also given him a deeper knowledge within several different areas, such as automation, pneumatics and hydraulics. Partly due to the requirements by his position, but also since himself Niklas took initiatives to learn.
– To be able to drive continuous improvements in reliability and productivity, you must be able to see and understand the bigger picture. On both sites in China, the production record was broken year after year, which proves that the work we were doing together with the customers was successful.