Shang­hai forms hub for smart manufacturing en­ter­prises

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By YU RAN in Shang­hai


In line with the Made in China 2025 na­tional strat­egy as well as the vi­sion of be­com­ing a global hub for tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion, Shang­hai gov­ern­ment is aim­ing to trans­form its Lin­gang area into a global cen­ter for smart manufacturing by 2025.

To achieve this goal, of­fi­cials on Oct 14 un­veiled 24 mea­sures and 10 poli­cies aimed at im­prov­ing Lin­gang’s in­fras­truc­ture in or­der to sup­port the industry, as well as to pro­vide pref­er­en­tial poli­cies for com­pa­nies to set up busi­nesses in the area.

Kick­ing off the trans­for­ma­tion process of Lin­gang is the in­tro­duc­tion of two gov­ern­ment projects, six pub­lic ser­vice plat­forms, three financial ser­vice plat­forms for smart manufacturing, and eight newly-launched manufacturing en­ter­prises.

“Lin­gang is keen to fo­cus on the de­vel­op­ment of smart manufacturing to up­grade re­search and de­sign, pro­duc­tion, man­age­ment and ser­vic­ing of en­ter­prises, and to be­come a sig­nif­i­cant global manufacturing tech­nol­ogy and ser­vice provider,” said Chen Mingbo, deputy gover­nor of Pudong dis­trict and party sec­re­tary of Lin­gang area.

Lo­cated in the south­east­ern sub­urbs of Shang­hai, Lin­gang is al­ready a manufacturing cen­ter for lead­ing com­pa­nies spe­cial­iz­ing in civil avi­a­tion, au­to­mo­bile, marine en­gi­neer­ing equip­ment and elec­tri­cal fa­cil­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to author­i­ties, com­pa­nies in in­dus­tries in­clud­ing robot manufacturing and 3D print­ing will be en­cour­aged to set up their busi­nesses in this com­mer­cial zone.

The gov­ern­ment will also launch var­i­ous plat­forms, in­clud­ing a big data fa­cil­ity, in Lin­gang to of­fer en­ter­prises sup­port in terms of re­search, in­no­va­tion, in­for­ma­tion and in­cu­ba­tion needs. The to­tal out­put of the smart manufacturing industry in Lin­gang is ex­pected to ex­ceed 100 bil­lion yuan ($15.8 bil­lion) by 2020.

“Com­pa­nies in Lin­gang can ex­pect to en­joy ser­vices such as pub­lic cloud and big data ac­cess. It can re­duce the ba­sic cost of com­pa­nies and al­low them to be more ef­fi­cient,” said Tang Wenkan, a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer from Lin­gang area.

To at­tract more com­pa­nies and tal­ents to set up shop in Lin­gang, 5 bil­lion yuan will be chan­neled into the de­vel­op­ment of smart manufacturing busi­nesses within the fol­low­ing decade while lo­cal author­i­ties will pro­vide a sub­sidy of up to 50 mil­lion yuan and free rent to ap­proved com­pa­nies. Tal­ents work­ing in Lin­gang can also ex­pect to en­joy lower rates for ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“We will up­grade the tal­ent pol­icy early next year to open up the re­cruit­ments and im­prove fur­ther set­tle­ments for high-end pro­fes­sion­als in smart manufacturing in­dus­tries to work and live in a more com­fort­able and con­ve­nient en­vi­ron­ment,” said Chen.

In ad­di­tion, Lin­gang’s co­op­er­a­tion with coun­tries such as Ger­many, the United States and Ja­pan will cre­ate a global net­work whose resources can help smart manufacturing com­pa­nies carry out in­no­va­tive re­search. Multi­na­tional com­pa­nies and over­seas or­ga­ni­za­tions will also be en­cour­aged to set up re­search plat­forms, train­ing cen­ters and fac­to­ries to lead the de­vel­op­ment of the industry.

“We be­lieve smart manufacturing and in­dus­trial In­ter­net will be the key break­through to al­low Shang­hai’s ad­vanced manufacturing industry to re­form and de­velop,” said Xu Ziy­ing, deputy di­rec­tor of Shang­hai Com­mis­sion of Econ­omy and In­forma­ti­za­tion.

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