Shanghai aims to become world leading manufacturing city by 2020

Hu Yumo
A three-year action plan aims to accelerate the city's transformation into a leading manufacturer globally.
Hu Yumo

Shanghai has implemented a three-year action plan to become a world leading manufacturing city by 2020, the city government announced today.

By 2020, the city aims to establish two world-class industrial clusters, and for added value of strategic emerging industry to account for more than 20 percent of Shanghai's gross domestic product. The action plan also envisages that the manufacturing output of the strategic emerging industry to take up one third of the city’s total manufacturing production.

From 2018 to 2020, the city also plans to establish leading brands, enterprises, professionals and demonstration zones in manufacturing. The government seeks to have three manufacturing companies on the list of the world’s top 500 enterprises.

“For Shanghai manufacturing, the city needs to master key technologies, establish high-end industry clusters and focus on high-quality products," Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang said. 

"The city will strive to become a hub of strategic emerging industry and high-end manufacturing industry. Efforts will be made to apply latest technologies such as Internet, big data and artificial intelligence.”

Shanghai's manufacturing focus will include advancing emerging industries such as healthcare, artificial intelligence, and quantum communication. The city plans to accelerate development of strategic emerging industries in information technology, intelligent manufacturing, new-energy vehicle and intelligent and connected vehicle. Shanghai will not neglect its traditional industries such as automobile, iron and steel and chemical by encouraging their upgrading.

“Shanghai has a strong industrial base and advantages in terms of manufacturing industry," said Wu jincheng, deputy director of the Shanghai Commission of Economy and Informatization. "The city also has advantages in domestic and foreign resources allocation (and) has the ability to achieve the goal of building itself into a world leading manufacturing base.

Shanghai manufacturing is one of the four city brands initiated by Li during a municipal government meeting at the end of last year. The other three are Shanghai services, Shanghai shopping and Shanghai culture, and together they aim to  accelerate the city’s high-quality development, technology and innovation, industry transformation and upgrading.  

Under the action plan for Shanghai manufacturing, the city will accelerate the development of industrial parks to better distribute resources. An example is the construction of a chip industrial park in Shanghai Jiading Industrial Zone last month. 

The park aims to cluster 100 chip companies with a total investment of 500 million yuan (US$78.6 billion). The park will facilitate research and development, design, assembly, testing and training. 

The city will also focus on the development of intelligent and connected vehicles. Shanghai-based automaker SAIC Motor Co unveiled its intelligent vehicle, Roewe Marvel X, last month at the Beijing auto show. The vehicle is equipped with  intelligent functions including augmented reality technology and can park automatically. The company is also testing its intelligent and connected vehicles on public roads in Shanghai.

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