CAO Lubao, Secretary of Suzhou Municipal Party Committee, Visited REFIRE Astraworks Factory and Made Emphasis on the Development of Hydrogen Energy Industry


After the outbreak of this round of pandemic, Suzhou made all-out efforts to fight it immediately, and achieved initial results in the prevention and control of the pandemic on the basis of non-stopping production.

On March 3, CAO Lubao, Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee Standing Member and Suzhou Municipal Party Committee Secretary, visited Changshu, checking local disease prevention and control measures and investigating major construction projects and production resumption. He emphasized on resolute implementation of the requirements of the provincial party committee and government and encouraged enterprises to grit their teeth, not to relax, to rigorously follow the pandemic prevention and control work, firmly guarding the security bottom line and stepping up efforts with more concrete measures to promote the development of major projects, serve business development, minimize the impact of the pandemic on economic and social development, and ensure steady and orderly economic operation.

CAO Lubao, Secretary of the CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee, visited Changshu to check the implementation of pandemic prevention and control measures

According to data provided by Suzhou Industry and Information Technology Bureau, at present, nearly 12,000 industrial enterprises above state designated scale in Suzhou have resumed more than 99% of their production after the holiday, with more than 95% of their employees have returned to work.

During his visit, CAO Lubao came to the production line of REFIRE Astraworks Factory located in Changshu, carefully learned about the product application, and discussed over development strategy. CAO Lubao encouraged REFIRE to accelerate product research and development, actively expand cooperation with ports in terms of hydrogen powered container trucks and other aspects, and expand market layout. He pointed out that Suzhou has strong supporting capacity for hydrogen energy industry, and that it is necessary to strengthen overall planning and policy support, further improve industrial ecology, enrich application scenarios, and vigorously promote the development of hydrogen energy industry to take the lead in China.

LIN Qi, CEO of REFIRE, introduced to CAO Lubao, Secretary of Suzhou Municipal Party Committee the production and operation of REFIRE Astraworks Factory

Astraworks Factory is a fuel cell manufacturing system based on the large-scale development of fuel cell industry, aiming to achieve lean production and promote large-scale application of fuel cell technology through intelligent manufacturing and strict quality control. In May 2021, REFIRE Astraworks Factory obtained its certification from the European Union (RDW Factory Inspection Certificate), becoming the first Chinese fuel cell enterprise to obtain the EU certification.

REFIRE Astraworks Factory in Changshu

CAO emphasized the need to coordinate pandemic prevention and control with economic and social development, actively plan and promote the construction of major projects, take multiple measures to support enterprises to resume work and production, and coordinate sound industrial development, ecological protection, rural revitalization and other work to ensure the effective implementation of the decisions and arrangements of the Municipal Party Committee and Government.

LIN Qi, CEO of REFIRE, expressed his gratitude to the Suzhou Municipal Government for its strong support and safety guarantee for the resumption of work and production, and for guarding the business development of the enterprise.

REFIRE will further cooperate with the government in pandemic prevention and control while vigorously promoting business development. In this round of pandemic prevention and control process, a total of more than 60 logistics vehicles equipped with the REFIRE fuel cell system have been in place to transfer nucleic acid test samples, assisting pandemic prevention and control.



Headquartered in Shanghai, REFIRE is the world’s leading deployer of commercial hydrogen fuel cell zero-emissions technologies. The company specialises in designing, testing, prototyping, application engineering and in integrated fuel cell systems for buses, trucks, specialised vehicles, power supply units, and marine applications.

As of Q1 2021, REFIRE fuel cell technologies and products are powering over 2,700 fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in daily use in 15 cities across China, as well as various projects in five other countries. To date, combined vehicle mileage exceeds 63 million kilometres.


Marketing & Communications Department, REFIRE