In­no­va­tion comes to in­dus­trial de­sign in China

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - ByWUYONGand LIU CE in Shenyang

Wu Di is ex­cited that the Sino-Fin­land in­dus­trial de­sign en­ter­prise al­liance was founded in Shenyang, cap­i­tal of North­east China’s Liaon­ing province, in Au­gust.

The strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion will see the al­liance un­der­tak­ing 20 projects ev­ery year and en­abling many well­known de­sign com­pa­nies to serve the in­creas­ing needs of in­dus­trial de­sign in North­east China.

“This will fur­ther stim­u­late the de­vel­op­ment of the China Equip­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ing In­dus­trial De­sign Cen­ter,” said Wu, deputy head of Huanggu District, where the cen­ter is lo­cated.

“Peo­ple who seize the op­por­tu­nity of de­vel­op­ing in­dus­trial de­sign, will gain from the ini­tia­tive in the mar­ket,” he said.

Founded in De­cem­ber 2015, the CEMIDC has brought to­gether de­sign in­sti­tutes, com­pa­nies, col­leges and­many other sources of in­no­va­tion to of­fer in­dus­trial de­sign ser­vices.

By now, it has at­tracted dozens of com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Ger­many’s Stein­beis Tech­nol­ogy Transfer Net­work and Au­todesk Inc. The rev­enue is ex­pected to reach 5 bil­lion yuan ($749.6 mil­lion) within five years.

De­vel­op­ment of in­dus­trial de­sign ca­pa­bil­i­ties is part of the plan to up­grade China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and speed up its tran­si­tion to high-end in­te­grated ser­vices.

Some cities in the eastern and south­ern ar­eas of China, such as Shang­hai, Yiwu and Shen­zhen, are al­ready on the way to de­vel­op­ing the sun­rise in­dus­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the “Made in China 2025” strat­egy, the coun­try will con­struct a num­ber of in­no­va­tive de­sign clus­ters with a global in­flu­ence and es­tab­lish a net­work of pro­fes­sional in­dus­trial de­sign cen­ters. Also, there will be a na­tional in­dus­trial de­sign award to pro­mote pur­suit of ex­cel­lence in the field.

“This in­di­cates the im­por­tance given to, and the bright prospects for, in­dus­trial de­sign in China. Shenyang has a solid foun­da­tion in man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. How­ever, it’s im­por­tant to up­grade. Progress in in­dus­trial de­sign is a break­through. It will help raise the level of in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­tel­li­gent prod­ucts,” said Liang Qi­dong, vice direc­tor of the Liaon­ing So­cial Science Academy.

“In­dus­trial de­sign has be­come a hot pro­fes­sion for ta­lented peo­ple to pur­sue. It is also part of the en­gine that will drive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the years to come. It not only plays an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in the mod­ern­iza­tion process but is key to in­ter­na­tional cul­tural and tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion ex­changes. We are ready to pro­vide suf­fi­cient tal­ent to pro­mote its de­vel­op­ment,” said LiXiangqun, dean of the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, which has a co­op­er­a­tion agreement with the CEMIDC.

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