Filming Inside Chinese Factories, Part 2

Updated: Jun 18, 2019


Otis Elevators in TEDA (Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area) / 天津经济技术开发区(泰达)

NOTE: This is the second post in a series looking at filming the behind-the-scenes of Chinese manufacturing. If you missed the first part about Chinese textile factories that are going green, no worries, just click here!

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Shooting for CNBC in China

A few months back we did a shoot for CNBC featuring the mayor of Guangzhou. A few weeks later they called again, this time with a last-minute request to have us travel to Tianjin and film inside the Otis Elevator manufacturing center.

Shooting for news agencies means you never know who you might meet next. In this case we sat down with Dr. Michael Griffen, Otis VP of Operations. He told us about the benefits for Otis choosing to set up their massive factory and engineering center in Tianjin Economic-Technical Development Area (TEDA).

This special region has received lots of government support for new business development. It has a direct link by high-speed rail to Beijing, and TEDA has its own seaport. Also, the engineering program at Nankai University in Tianjin is a


Our interview with Dr. Griffin in the Otis Elevators showroom at their Tianjin manufacturing center in TEDA.

The end goal was to produce a 60-second spot that advertised TEDA.

Along with Otis Elevators, the manufacturing centers of Volkswagen and Mobike were both featured in the TV ad, which is now running on CNBC Asia.

The Otis Factory

Dr. Griffin told us in how their factory in Tianjin has supplied elevators not just to the Chinese market, but all over the world. He said the current elevators in the Empire State Building were built in the the TEDA factory.

After shooting the interview we went onto the production line and shot the manufacturing process.

Photos of Otis Manufacturing

The factory is a massive 1.5 million-square-foot (141,643-square-meter) site, and they have done their share to reduce their effect on the environment.

The TEDA Otis factory is the world's first green elevator manufacturing facility and they are using advanced technologies that "reduce site energy use by at least 25 percent." (source: Otis.com)

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