Ad­vanced tech park gains ground in na­tional rank­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - DONGYING SPECIAL - By ZHAO RUIXUE zhaoruixue@chi­

The Dongy­ing Eco­nomic and Tech­no­log­i­cal De­vel­op­ment Zone is on track to be­com­ing a renowned hightech park in the na­tion with grow­ing strength in biomedicines, new ma­te­ri­als, elec­tronic in­for­ma­tion and new en­ergy, said a lo­cal of­fi­cial.

In the three years that have passed since it was up­dated to a na­tional-level in­dus­trial zone in 2010, the Dongy­ing zone rose to the rank of 39th among all the 192 na­tional zones in terms of over­all strength, said Zhang Run­guo, the zone’s Party chief.

Last year, lo­cal en­ter­prises pro­duced 131.7 bil­lion yuan ($21.6 bil­lion) worth of prod­ucts, an in­crease of 29 per­cent com­pared over 2011.

The growth con­tin­ues this year, with out­put to­tal­ing 106 bil­lion yuan dur­ing the first three quar­ters, an in­crease of 16.38 per­cent com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

“The high-tech and emerg­ing in­dus­tries con­trib­ute 49.95 per­cent of the zone’s to­tal out­put, mak­ing them a pil­lar of the zone,” Zhang said.

“We have made ef­forts to fos­ter a num­ber of lead­ing en­ter­prises to in­crease our com­pet­i­tive­ness,” Zhang added.

Cur­rently the zone has 39 en­ter­prises each with an­nual rev­enue sur­pass­ing 100 mil­lion yuan.

The Shan­dong Lui­s­tone Wheels Co Ltd, for in­stance, is a sup­plier for glob­ally renowned car­mak­ers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The num­ber of or­ders it se­cured to date this year quadru­pled that of the same pe­riod of last year, bring­ing its rev­enue to more than 3 bil­lion yuan.

The Shengli Power Ma­chin­ery Co Ltd has grown into China’s largest fa­cil­ity for gas­fu­eled power gen­er­a­tors and en­gines. Us­ing nat­u­ral gas, petroleum gas and waste gases — such as coal-mine gas, the en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and en­ergy-sav­ing en­gines made by the com­pany have been sold to more than 40 coun­tries and re­gions.

Shift of fo­cus

Home to one of China’s largest oil­fields — the Shengli Oil­field, Dongy­ing once de­pended heav­ily on the petroleum in­dus­try.

Since 2009, when the State Coun­cil de­cided to de­velop the Yel­low River Delta re­gion into an eco­log­i­cal-friendly econ­omy, the city — at the core of the re­gion — shifted its fo­cus to en­vi­ron­men­tal-friendly in­dus­tries.

Echo­ing the city gov­ern­ment’s trans­for­ma­tion strat­egy, the zone now high­lights de­vel­op­ing high-tech and emerg­ing in­dus­tries, while up­grad­ing its tra­di­tional sec­tor with high tech, ac­cord­ing to Zhang.

He said a 12-square-kilo­me­ter na­tional-class demon­stra­tion park for eco­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment has been es­tab­lished in the zone, with 17 projects hav­ing a com­bined in­vest­ment of 12 bil­lion yuan be­ing ap­proved.

Last year, 138 tra­di­tional in­dus­trial projects in the zone were up­graded, Zhang said.

The Dongy­ing zone has also been rec­og­nized by the Shan­dong pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment as a demon­stra­tion area for new en­ergy and high-tech in­dus­tries.

It is pro­jected to gen­er­ate 300 bil­lion yuan of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct in 2015, ac­cord­ing to the city’s plan for the zone’s de­vel­op­ment dur­ing the 12th Five-Year Plan pe­riod (201115).

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