Yuwell Medical Equipment Inc. (B): The Innovation Engine

Xiangyi Tao (First Author), Bruce McKern (Participant Author), George S. Yip (Participant Author)

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2013: five years since Yuwell went public in 2008. Over a decade, Yuwell had experienced remarkable expansion, seeing its revenue quadruple and achieving a six-fold increase in net profits. Yuwell has filed almost 100 product patents to date, and its systematic innovations streamlined 273 complicated manufacturing processes into just 69 simplified processes, which facilitated the creation of the fastest production line in the world for making desktop sphygmomanometers. Using this production line, it now takes Yuwell only 3.3 seconds to produce a sphygmomanometer. And by relying a combination of manual labor and automation, Yuwell developed the world’s longest production line for live line testing of oxygen generators. This case mainly focuses on the following questions: How were these innovations developed? What were the characteristics of the strategy for promoting innovation at Yuwell? And what would be the possible roles of innovation in the future development of the company?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

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China Europe International Business School


  • Corporate Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Manufacturing and medical services
  • Medical Devices

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  • Strategy

Case studies industry

  • Manufacturing
  • Health Care Services


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