Com­pa­nies em­brace the new age of man­u­fac­tur­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG YING in Shang­hai

wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

One of China’s most prom­i­nent plat­forms for pro­mot­ing in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion and in­for­ma­tion­al­iza­tion, the China In­ter­na­tional In­dus­try Fair (CIIF) is a re­sound­ing ex­am­ple of the coun­try’s rise in the new age of man­u­fac­tur­ing, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­nizer of the event.

The theme of this year’s CIIF, which ran from Nov 1 to 5 in Shang­hai, was fo­cused on in­no­va­tion, in­tel­li­gence and green tech­nolo­gies, and fea­tured a wide va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tions in­clud­ing nu­mer­i­cally con­trolled ma­chine tools, ro­bots, new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, in­for­ma­tion and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion ap­pli­ca­tions as well as en­er­gysav­ing tech.

As many as 63 projects re­lated to in­tel­li­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing were show­cased dur­ing the event and there were mod­els of the space lab Tian­gong II as well as the Dark Mat­ter Par­ti­cle Ex­plorer (DAMPE) Satel­lite de­vel­oped by the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

“No mat­ter which di­rec­tion Shang­hai will take in its de­vel­op­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing will al­ways re­main the top pri­or­ity for the city. The CIIF gives Shang­hai many new ideas in terms of in­dus­trial in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment, and ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing is the key,” said Chen Mingbo, di­rec­tor of the Shang­hai Com­mis­sion of Econ­omy and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

Au­to­ma­tion again took cen­ter stage at this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion.

PHO­TOS BY GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

Two bionic but­ter­flies de­vel­oped by lead­ing Ger­man au­to­ma­tion com­pany Festo take to the air dur­ing the CIIF.

Ger­man ro­bot man­u­fac­turer KUKA drew a big crowd to their booth with their show­case of drum-play­ing ro­bots.

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