Gordon Styles

Als ich am 15. Juli 2005 am Londoner Flughafen in das Flugzeug nach China stieg, um die Firma Star Rapid zu gründen, wusste ich, das eine neue Ära in meinem Leben beginnen wird. Ich wusste, dass mich große Herausforderungen erwarten, um in China Geschäfte zu machen.

Mir war bewusst, dass China einen schlechten Ruf schlechter Qualität, verspäteter Lieferungen, Missverständnisse, ständige Preiserhöhungen etcetera zu verzeichnen hatte. Ich sah darin eine Gelegenheit, etwas Neues für jene erschaffen, die gerne Dinge aus China bestellen möchten.

Noch im Flugzeug sitzend auf dem Weg nach China versprach ich mir eins: Ich führe meine Firma exakt auf die gleiche Weise, wie ich es in England tat. Ich würde stets nach europäischen Standards arbeiten, auf hohe Effizienz achten und dabei niedrige Kosten sicherstellen. Und ich würde stets davon ausgehen, dass ich viele Mitbewerber habe, auch wenn das nicht so ist.

Ich entschied mich dafür ausländische Ingenieure einzustellen, die dann unseren chinesischen Angestellten beibringen, wie man effektiv hoch-qualitative Teile fertigt. Ich entschloss auch, dass ich sehr gut ausgebildete, junge chinesische Universitätsabgänger einstellen würde und diese persönlich anlerne, damit keine traditionelle Denkweisen in Star Rapid Fuß fassen können. Die meisten meiner Projektmanager sprechen großartiges Englisch. Manchmal sogar besser als ich.

Wir haben schon ganz zu Anfng in ein FARO 3D Laser-Scanner-Gerät investiert, um wirklich alle Teile komplett vermessen zu können. Weiterhin verwenden natürlich auch altbekannte Methoden zur Inspektion. Zusätzlich haben wir ein Optisches Emissionsspektrometer (OES) zu Metallanalyse importiert.

Ehrlich gesagt: Es war wirklich nicht leicht zu unserem jetzigen Erfolg zu gelangen. Es war und ist eine riesen Herausforderung. Hätte ich im Vorfeld gewusst, was mich wirklich erwartet, dann hätte ich warscheinlich noch ein zweites Mal darüber nachgedacht. Doch die Ungewissheit der Zukunft ist genau die magische Herrausforderung.

Meine Verpflichtung gegenüber Ihnen, meinem Kunden, ist es einzigartigen Service aus China anzubieten, konform mit dem Besten Standards der Welt; oh und all Das zu einem wirklich guten Preis.

Gordon Styles – Gründer & Geschäftsführer

(übersetzt aus dem Englischen)

What Drives Me?

By Gordon Styles

Gordon 1965copyI was born in 1964 and vaguely remember the back end of the swinging sixties. My Mum and Dad threw some legendary parties back then. After a hard night of partying in our house, my Mum would set up a selection of the previous night’s snacks/bribes to keep my brother and I entertained.

Those quiet mornings locked in the living room with the TV would see us gorge ourselves on Supermarionations from the famous British due of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The only one that non-Brits might know is Thunderbirds. Not the terrible movie they made in 2004, but the original with puppets suspended on wires.   Team America used a very similar system.

I immersed myself in the high-tech and philanthropic nature of Thunderbirds. Technology and engineering skill coming to save the World – awesome! I am even tingling now thinking about it. You have got to check out a couple of episodes for fun on YouTube. They look ancient now, but they were absolutely cutting edge back then.

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1993 – My first SLA machine (3D-Printer)

But more than Thunderbirds, I was completely blown away by STAR-TREK. I am not a Trekkie, let’s be clear about this, but I am utterly convinced that the human race is destined ‘To Go’ out there in the Universe and it will be scientists and engineers that will make this happen. I am even more enamored with the idea of a meritocratic future with little or no money required to live a fabulously worthy life in search of new and wonderful knowledge about the universe and humanity.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone had everything they could ever need or want in material terms, and the only thing left to concern oneself with was the furtherment of mankind and discovery.

I want a STAR-TREK future for mankind. In my small way I try and bring a little of “The Next Generation” feel to my own corner of the World. I am responsible for the wellbeing of hundreds of people that work with me, and maybe hundreds more that are supported by their efforts. I realize in this current paradigm that people’s pay will vary, but I ask that everyone wears the same uniform; gets the same chair and desk; eats the same food; is treated with equal importance – and that includes me. My company is a meritocracy through and through. If anyone, a Chinese or foreigner, does not pull their weight, they will eventually have to leave the team. If anyone shows exceptional promise, they can rise up to take greater responsibility – and the emphasis is on the word responsibility.

Jean-Luc Picard cares not for wealth in any form, he only cares about the wellbeing of his people and the mission. I think that the vast majority of people are like this anyway. It is therefore anathema to me why there is such a disparity of income in the Anglo-Saxon world these days. I am sure one could find people equally as bright and capable that could run the top companies in the world for a tiny fraction of the sums these greedy individuals seem to need to get the energy to get out of bed. Hang on, better get off that box before I fall off.

Where were we, oh yes, meritocracy:

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2004 – At my company Springer Rapid in the UK working on a 2m 5-Axis CNC Machine. One month before I came to China…

I tell my three Cleaners that they are part of the marketing staff, which is true. If my customers see dirty windows, floors, and toilets, they will think poorly of the company. I have fired people for abusing my cleaners because they thought they were more important. Every member of staff is somehow a marketing person, an ambassador or a sales person for the company. Everyone should be striving to better themselves so as to improve the team as a whole. In that vein we are setting up a team that will develop what we call STAR-U to ensure that every member of the team gets a minimum of two hours of training each week.

In addition, I love to buy the latest high-tech gear – I guess that goes without saying.

So, until someone invents a Nuclear Fusion Plasma drive that can be used for deep-space travel, I will just do my bit here on planet earth to try and improve my little corner of the world. Hope you now have a little insight into the way I think and why STAR might be called STAR. ;-}

George Styles 1960's

George Styles 1960’s

 

In honour of my Father who infected me with a love of engineering and Gene Roddenberry for inspiring generations to think about our human condition and dream of a more worthy and meritocratic future.