In­dus­try fly­ing high at Zhengzhou air­port zone

First of its kind in na­tion had 43% rev­enue growth in 2013

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By FU CHAO and SHI BAOYIN

De­spite a slug­gish growth na­tion­wide, an air­port eco­nomic zone in He­nan prov­ince’s Zhengzhou city, the first of its kind in China, main­tained a ro­bust growth mo­men­tum in 2013. Zhang Yan­ming, the zone’s ad­min­is­tra­tive com­mit­tee chief, said at a re­cent con­fer­ence.

The Zhengzhou Com­pre­hen­sive Ex­per­i­men­tal Zone for Air­port­based Econ­omy gen­er­ated 174 bil­lion yuan ($28 bil­lion) in rev­enue last year, a year-on-year in­crease of 42.6 per­cent. Rev­enue from elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try ac­counted for 70.2 per­cent.

The zone has be­come an en­gine and role model for the prov­ince, Zhang said.

Ap­proved by the State Coun­cil as a na­tional strat­egy a year ago, the zone is part of the lo­cal govern­ment’s ef­forts to in­te­grate ground and air trans­porta­tion in the city. It has fig­ured out its own way to­ward that tar­get to fur­ther boost the prov­ince’s econ­omy, he said.

Built around the Zhengzhou Xinzheng In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the zone has put trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics as its pil­lar sec­tors. Zhang said its sec­ond phase con­struc­tion will be com­pleted by 2015.

The air­port opened 53 new air­lines last year, en­abling the to­tal num­ber to rise to 143. The an­nual cargo han­dled at the air­port was 256,000 tons last year, up 69.1 per­cent. The growth rate ranks first among the coun­try’s ma­jor air­ports.

Zhang said that the com­mit­tee has a well-de­vel­oped work­ing sys­tem and an ex­cel­lent team to seek busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are pay­ing im­por­tance to at­tract­ing in­vest­ment es­pe­cially to such emerg­ing in­dus­tries as avi­a­tion lo­gis­tics, ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing and mod­ern ser­vices.

Re­volv­ing around the three in­dus­tries, the zone has de­vel­oped eight in­dus­trial parks of in­tel­li­gent ter­mi­nal, elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion, pre­ci­sion ap­pa­ra­tus, air­crafts man­u­fac­tur­ing and main­te­nance, avi­a­tion lo­gis­tics, biomedicine, e-com­merce, and ex­hi­bi­tion.

Zhang noted

that

tra­di­tional in­dus­tries are highly en­ergy con­sum­ing and cause a lot of pol­lu­tion. “New in­dus­tries, es­pe­cially elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion, are high-yield and more ‘green’,” he said.

The zone se­cured 59 projects in 2013 with a to­tal in­vest­ment of 168.7 bil­lion yuan.

Among them is the pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity funded by Fox­conn, the well­known equip­ment man­u­fac­turer for Ap­ple and other IT gi­ants. By the end of 2013, Fox­conn had spent $1.36 bil­lion yuan in build­ing plants, pro­duc­tion lines and dorms for a 300,000 staff in the zone.

To cre­ate a more at­trac­tive en­vi­ron­ment for in­vest­ment, the com­mit­tee has paid a lot of at­ten­tion to the zone’s in­fra­struc­ture.

On­go­ing con­struc­tion projects in­clude roads and bridges, pow­er­houses and wa­ter­ways, while new ur­ban fa­cil­i­ties like shop­ping malls, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, ho­tels and res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties are added.

At the same time, cul­tural, med­i­cal and ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties well un­der con­struc­tion will add the ap­peal for in­vestors, Zhang said.

Be­sides, the zone of­fers a va­ri­ety of fi­nanc­ing ser­vice. The com­mit­tee has also set up 12 teams to take charge of the zone’s en­vi­ron­ment and ur­ban man­age­ment.

As well, the zone also boasts a free trade area, which plays a cru­cial role in draw­ing in­vest­ments. Its ex­port and im­port value was $35.7 bil­lion in 2013, rank­ing sec­ond among the na­tion’s free trade zones. Con­tact the writ­ers at fuchao@chi­nadaily.com.cn and shibaoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

WANG LINAGLANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Govern­ment of­fi­cials sur­vey con­struc­tion on the Zhengzhou air­port zone dur­ing an in­spec­tion tour last year.

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Work­ers sort ship­ments at the Fox­conn plant.

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The pleas­ant en­vi­ron­ment adds charm to the zone. It plans nine more parks and a 165-km green cor­ri­dor along rivers this year.

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