Bei­jing Aims High in Robotics

China Pictorial (English) - - Express News -

Au­gust 23, Bei­jing: A ro­bot pi­anist plays at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the World Ro­bot Con­fer­ence 2017 (WRC2017). The con­fer­ence, known as the “Ro­bot Olympics,” was held at the Etrong In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter from Au­gust 23 to 26. More than 150 global robotics com­pa­nies, re­search or­ga­ni­za­tions and uni­ver­si­ties at­tended the event to show­case their cut­ting-edge achieve­ments and prod­ucts.

Bei­jing plans to be­come a global cen­ter for robotics by 2025 and is­sued an in­dus­try blue­print at the con­fer­ence. The cap­i­tal hopes to host 10 lead­ing robotics com­pa­nies and 10 R&D head­quar­ters and serve as a world-lead­ing robotics base by 2020. In re­cent years, China has seen a boom in in­dus­trial ro­bots, record­ing av­er­age an­nual sales growth of 35 per­cent. In 2016, China man­u­fac­tured 72,000 in­dus­trial ro­bots, around a quar­ter of global out­put.

by Chen Weisong

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