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Elon students in Shanghai visit medical device design and manufacturing plant

Students in the Love School of Business Center Abroad program learned about operational practices and management strategies while touring the Nypro Shanghai design and manufacturing plant.

Elon business majors in Shanghai visited a medical device design and manufacturing plant to learn about innovative practices and strategies abroad.

Students in the Love School of Business Center Abroad program tour the Nypro Shanghai design and manufacturing plant

A division of Jabil manufacturing, headquartered in Florida, the plant is a world-class manufacturing facility that produces medical devices for firms such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Siemens and others.

The students, accompanied by Scott Buechler, associate professor emeritus of business communications, observed the manufacturing of integrated circuit boards that make up life-enhancing medical devices such as pace makers, insulin pumps, medicine injectors, and ophthalmology devices, among others. The students gained insight into why Nypro has won numerous awards for its operational practices, including awards for lean manufacturing and sustainability.

In addition to seeing firsthand the manufacturing processes of the company, the students interacted with executives who described the company’s management practices and culture as well as the day-to-day tasks of a high-level corporate finance executive in a major global firm.

"My experience visiting Nypro Shanghai allowed me to see classroom concepts put into action,” said Alex Gaulkin, a junior finance major.  “I was intrigued to see management practices relating to lean operations and sustainability applied to a manufacturing facility. It is difficult to show how management strategies directly impact a firm. However, touring Nypro Shanghai did just that."

The Love School of Business Center Abroad in Shanghai was created in 2015 to give Elon business students an opportunity to distinguish themselves from their peers by taking business courses and completing an internship while living in China. This semester the students are taking Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Conversational Chinese, plus a variety of electives that count toward Elon’s Advanced Studies requirement. Courses are taught by East China Normal University faculty and Buechler, who is serving as this semester’s faculty-in-residence. The students are also completing internships with various companies, including PwC, Atlas Distribution, Emil Coffee and Action Kids.

For more information on the program, contact Bill Burress, associate director of study abroad, at bburress@elon.edu.

Caroline Perry,
10/10/2017 11:30 AM