When it comes to excavators, He Qinghua uses a word not heard that often to describe heavy construction equipment: “fashionable”. But to He, the founder of Sunward Intelligent Equipment Co Ltd, the word aptly describes the design of one of his company’s main products. “The mini excavators often work in urban areas. The fashionable appearance will add beauty to the constructions sites,” he said with great pride. Founded in 1999 by He, a mechanical and electrical engineering professor at Central South University, the Changsha, China-based company has grown into an international enterprise with total assets exceeding $951 million. Sunward is among the top 50 global construction machinery manufacturers, and when it comes to excavators, the company is among the top 20 global manufacturers. Focusing on machinery engineering and intellectual property development, the company has exported products to more than 60 countries and regions with its core products, including large piling machines, excavators, drilling equipment, mining equipment, pavement construction machinery, military machinery and general aviation equipment. And now He is pushing the design of...