Handelsblatt, a leading German language business newspaper, had paid attention to Guangzhou, which is known as China’s “No.3 City”, before the promotion of the 2017 (Guangzhou) Fortune Global Forum in Munich. It made a report titled Guangzhou, the World’s Best Area for Intelligent Manufacturing, depicting the rapid rising of intelligent equipment and advanced manufacturing industries in the “global business metropolis”.
As one of the most influential European business media, Handelsblatt began to ponder deeply over Guangzhou after the advanced manufacturing and information technology projects mainly invested by the world biggest electronics manufacturer Foxconn and Cisco were launched in the city in March 2017. It said that, some market players believed that the development of intelligent manufacturing in Guangzhou boasts distinct international perspective and characteristics of open economy.
Interpretation of Handelsblatt’s report
PCI：an epitome of intelligent manufacturing industry chain
The Chinese citizens will soon be able to take subway through hand or face identification. In April, PCI-Suntektech, a listed Chinese science and technology enterprise, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary had won the bid for the construction of automatic fare collection system for Wuhan’s No. 21 Rail Transit Line at a quota of about EUR11.2 million.
Liu Wei, chairman of PCI, proudly said that, as a leading developer of intelligent rail transit systems in China, PCI’s intelligent technologies have been applied in more than 30 Chinese provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions.
Established in 1986, the company has set up six R&D bases in five major Chinese cities and the US Silicon Valley. It serves as an epitome of intelligent manufacturing industry chain featuring continuous innovation.
As China’s No.3 city, Guangzhou has been worldwide renowned as a business metropolis, especially the development of its three pillar industries, including the auto, electronics and petrochemical industries. It has fostered a number of world famous industrial enterprises, including GAC Group and GSK. The output value of Guangzhou’s intelligent equipment and robots industry in 2016 approached RMB50 billion, equal to about EUR6.9 billion.
The Made in Guangzhou 2025 Strategic Planning released in March 2016 focuses on 10 fields, including intelligent equipment and robots, energy saving and new-energy-driven vehicles, bio-medicine and healthcare. Plans are underway to develop 10 advanced manufacturing clusters.
Related official from the People’s Government of Guangzhou said, “We aim to build Guangzhou into a demonstration city for the implementation of the ‘Made in China 2025’ guideline, an important high-end equipment manufacturing innovation base in China and a national pioneer area for integration of intelligent manufacturing and intelligent services.” The added value of advanced manufacturing industry in Guangzhou is expected to account for more than 70% of that of the manufacturing businesses above designated size in the city by 2020.
To achieve the goal, the manufacturing industry needs transformation and upgrading. That’s why Guangzhou sets accelerated development of intelligent manufacturing as one of the core tasks for the construction of the new international science and technology innovation hub. “To build the new international science and technology innovation hub, Guangzhou tries to learn experience from the development of the world’s most advanced manufacturing sectors,” said Li Yujun, inspector at Industry and Information Technology Commission of Guangzhou.
International perspective and characteristics of open economy
The local policies lead enterprises and capitals to the intelligent robots industry. Since 2015, Guangzhou has successively input EUR416 million as special funds to support the development of the industry. The enterprises’ international positioning follows strict standards of market economy. In addition, the Guangzhou Industrial Fund with total investment of EUR5.25 billion was inaugurated.
A cluster of enterprises engaged in robots development has taken shape in GDD, as home to a number of intelligent manufacturing enterprises, such as GSK, Tech-Long, Mino Autoequipment, Haozhi Mechanical and Electrical Equipment, Nordson and Herrenknecht (China), which is world market leader in mechanized tunneling technology. In addition, Guangzhou’s robot enterprises have made remarkable successes based on globally advanced manufacturing technologies. At the China International Robot Show (CIROS) held in July 2016, GSK’s high-precision and multipurpose seven-axis robot won the “Golden Finger” award. Among its competitors were products of a number of world’s leading robot developers, such as FANUC, Kuka, ABB and Yaskawa Electric Corporation.
“The sales of industrial robots have increasing relying long-time accumulated experience and mastery of technologies for core components, such as servo motor,” said Song Jian, who is in charge of the Intelligent Manufacturing and Engineering Center of GSK. “This year’s sales are expected to be doubled,” he added.
Some market players believed that the development of intelligent manufacturing in Guangzhou boasts distinct international perspective and characteristics of open economy. The action plan for the construction of the Zone for Sino-Foreign Cooperation in Advanced Manufacturing (hereinafter referred to as the Sino-Foreign Cooperation Zone) was put into implementation in 2016. Moreover, targeting a number of countries and regions boasting well-developed advanced manufacturing, such as the USA, Europe, Israel and the ROK, Guangzhou has established a project library congregating nearly 40,000 domestic and foreign advanced manufacturing technologies.
To attract more international capitals to the intelligent manufacturing industry, Guangzhou established the Strategic Cooperation and Development Alliance for the Construction of the Sino-Foreign Cooperation Zone, holding more than 40 business matching events in Germany, Ukraine and the ROK among other countries and regions as well as more than 200 technology presentations given by invited foreign experts.
The market has given high response to Guangzhou’s efforts. The advanced manufacturing and information technology projects mainly invested by the world biggest electronics manufacturer Foxconn and Cisco were launched in the Guangzhou in March 2017. The project of Foxconn is expected to drive the output value of Guangzhou’s electronic information manufacturing industry to exceed EUR69.4 billion (equal to about RMB500 billion) in 2020.
Report on “Made in Guangzhou” re-published for 320 times by overseas media
To support the promotion of the 2017 (Guangzhou) Fortune Global Forum in Munich, the featured report titled Guangzhou, a Best Global Development Center for Intelligent Manufacturing was published simultaneously in the Asia-Pacific region (Japan, Thailand and Pakistan), the Americas (the USA and Canada), Europe (Germany) in English, Japanese, Thai, Urdu, German and French. The local mainstream media, including websites and major news and information service agencies, soon re-published it, drawing wide local public attention.
Among the media are Yahoo, portal website in the USA, Marketwatch, a news website affiliated to Dow Jones, Fox Broadcasting, an American English language commercial broadcast television network, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), Kyodo News Agency, the biggest news agency of Japan, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), and Financial Post, the only national English business newspaper of Canada, etc. According to incomplete statistics, by June 12, the report had been re-published for 320 times by overseas media.