A month ago I attended a week training about technical aspects of low voltage motors that took part in Poland, in a village Alexandrow near Lodz. One of ABB factories is there. I am a Product manager for LV motors in Ukrainian office of ABB so it was part of my job.
It was really interesting! I met my colleagues who do same job that I do but in their countries with their own oddities. There was a guy from Ireland, colleagues from Norway, two men from German (I learnt my first technical word in German – der Schlupf – slip), from Finland, my colleagues from Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey. There were two girls from Singapore – one was born in Singapore and another was originally from China. They really attracted much attention. It’s not every day you can meet colleagues that come from so far. It was pretty cold in Poland then and they didn’t have proper clothes for the weather. And everyone had a problem understanding a girl from Singapore. She had really strong accent. I know that English is official language there so I was rather surprised how better we could understand the girl from China. Oh, we had so much talk about languages, accents, Mandarin, etc. It was really fascinating.
Also we had our chances to try winding, painting, screwing bolts, etc.
We lived in Lodz. It’s the third largest city in Poland and it’s rather industrial. Every morning a bus took us to the factory and every evening it took us back. Before breakfast and after training I usually took a walk to see surroundings.
I didn’t see much difference between Poland and Ukraine. I was in Oslo (and other towns in Norway), Helsinki, Brussels, Goteborg. It the difference is stunning. It’s like a different world. It’s pretty disappointing. But I didn’t feel like that when I was in Lodz. The only major difference is road marking. It’s present in Poland in different ways and none in Ukraine.
Just few photos from the trip. More here.
Here is more about Manufaktura. One of the best examples what a man can do with old textile factory.