Li cites in­no­va­tion in vis­its to high-tech firms

Premier links cut­ting-edge work to suc­cess of ‘Made in China 2025’

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By HUYONGQI in Shenzhen huyongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

In a noisy work­shop, laser ma­chines roared and shot out sparks as they cut met­als into dif­fer­ent shapes. Chi­nese char­ac­ters for “Made in China 2025” were pre­pared this way for Premier Li Ke­qiang’s visit.

The premier showed great en­thu­si­asm about the high­tech equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing dur­ing a half-day tour fo­cus­ing on the trans­for­ma­tion and up­grad­ing of China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor in Guang­dong prov­ince.

Li’s visit en­cour­aged more cor­po­rate ef­forts as the cen­tral gov­ern­ment pro­motes the strat­egy “Made in China 2025” to main­tain and in­crease the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.

The scene oc­curred on Thurs­day morn­ing as the premier vis­ited Han’s Laser Tech­nol­ogy In­dus­try Group Co, a lead­ing maker of fac­tory ma­chines that em­ploy lasers in the in­dus­trial hub of Shenzhen.

Li paused more than 10 times in the work­shop, which is rare for him when in­spect­ing a do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany. He asked ques­tions about ev­ery piece of equip­ment, and the com­pany’s re­search, de­sign and po­ten­tial cus­tomers.

Be­fore that, the premier also vis­ited a mo­bile phone man­u­fac­turer — Oppo Mo­bile Co — in Dong­guan, a city near Shenzhen that made its rep­u­ta­tion as a pil­lar of tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing and is hav­ing some dif­fi­cul­ties as it makes changes amid a de­cline in low-cost, lowtech­nol­ogy pro­cess­ing.

The two com­pa­nies rep­re­sent two ma­jor sub­ar­eas of China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, es­pe­cially when the coun­try’s ex­ports are fac­ing hard times and dropped to a seven-month low in Septem­ber, the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cus­toms said.

As the world econ­omy is re­cov­er­ing slug­gishly with di­min­ish­ing in­ter­na­tional trade, China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor faces chal­lenges from de­vel­oped and de­vel­op­ing economies, said Ma Baocheng, di­rec­tor of the De­ci­sion-Mak­ing and Con­sul­ta­tion Depart­ment of the Chi­nese Academy of Governance.

At Han’s Laser, Li said the equip­ment that em­ploys lasers demon­strated the path and hope for China’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. A key to “Made in China 2025” is to trans­form and up­grade the coun­try’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor by in­tro­duc­ing new tech­nolo­gies, he said.

Gao Yun­feng, chair­man and gen­eral man­ager of Han’s Laser, said the com­pany has a num­ber of unique and patented laser tech­nolo­gies and pro­duces the largest amount of equip­ment us­ing lasers for world-renowned com­pa­nies such as the Ap­ple Inc.

Oppo used to man­u­fac­ture mu­sic play­ers but now ex­ports mo­bile phones to 19 coun­tries and re­gions with the fourth­largest num­ber of phones be­ing pro­duced an­nu­ally in the world.

“In the fu­ture, you have to pro­mote more ef­fec­tive mar­ket­ing cam­paigns to meet and lead con­sumers’ de­mand like what for­eign phone mak­ers have done,” Li said.

Dong­guan’s of­fi­cials said the tra­di­tional man­u­fac­tur­ing of cloth­ing dropped by 15 per­cent from last year while new in­dus­tries such as high-end elec­tron­ics in­creased by more than 20 per­cent.

WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

Premier Li Ke­qiang in­spects Han’s Laser Tech­nol­ogy In­dus­try Group Co in Shenzhen, Guang­dong prov­ince, on Thurs­day. The com­pany, a lead­ing global man­u­fac­turer of laser equip­ment, is one of China’s flag­ship high-tech com­pa­nies. Li said such com­pa­nies show how Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ing can be up­graded.

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