Industrial projects break ground in Lingang

Li Xinran
Eighteen key projects cover fields that include new energy, next-generation semiconductors, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, aerospace and smart equipment.
Li Xinran

Industrial projects with a total investment of 48 billion yuan (US$6.83 billion) broke ground in the Lingang Special Area of the Shanghai free trade zone on Tuesday.

The 18 projects are in the fields of new energy, next-generation semiconductors, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, aerospace, new-energy vehicles, smart equipment, integrated circuits and Industrial Internet of Things

Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang and Acting Mayor Gong Zheng were present at the groundbreaking ceremony.

When in production, they will play a support role in the industrial upgrading and transformation of domestic enterprises and help break through the innovation bottleneck that Chinese enterprises face.

Five projects focus on the R&D and manufacturing of next-generation semiconductors, including the Shanghai factory of GalaxyCore Inc.

With a total investment of 8.3 billion yuan, the wholly owned Shanghai subsidiary of the electronic components manufacturer and distributor will start manufacturing later this year with an expected output of 15 billion yuan a year.

Industrial projects break ground in Lingang

A sketch of the Shanghai factory of GalaxyCore Inc in Lingang Special Area

At the same time, ACM Research Inc launched its R&D and manufacturing center project in Lingang which will help the company become an industry leader globally.

Artificial intelligence companies commencing their Lingang projects this time include SenseTime — the most valuable AI startup worldwide.

The SenseTime next-generation AI computing and empowerment platform based in Lingang will support the entire Yangtze River Delta region by providing AI computing services.

Industrial projects break ground in Lingang

A sketch of the SenseTime next-generation AI computing and empowerment platform based in Lingang

In the Fengxian part of the Lingang Special Area, an R&D and industrialization base for innovative biological drugs for diabetes will start operation in 2025, with annual sales of around 12 billion yuan and an annual tax contribution of no less than 1 billion yuan.

Additionally, Shanghai Zhengge Biotech will build a GMP manufacturing base in Lingang to provide CDMO (contract development and manufacturing organization) for biomedical enterprises at home and abroad.

Not just the city’s Silicon Valley and Health Valley, Lingang is also home to Shanghai’s aircraft manufacturing.

The second-stage project of Shanghai Aircraft Equipment Manufacturing kicked off construction on Tuesday to build overall solutions for large aircraft parts manufacturing, smart manufacturing and aircraft digital assembly production lines. The total investment in the project is planned to be 400 million yuan, with the expected sales revenue more than 700 million yuan a year.

Industrial projects break ground in Lingang

A sketch of the second-stage project of Shanghai Aircraft Equipment Manufacturing in Lingang

The construction of a number of industrial parks also began on Tuesday to attract businesses in key industries, in line with Lingang’s industrial blueprint.

Gong pointed out during the ceremony that Lingang’s mission was to become a central link in the domestic and international economic cycle. Adhering to playing a leading role, be innovation-driven and integrated development is Lingang’s destiny, Gong said.

He vowed that Lingang would accelerate the construction of a world-class, open and modern industrial system to boost Shanghai’s economy and power the city’s development.

“In the next stage, Lingang will further enhance institutional innovation, attract investment, focus on cutting-edge industries and work out more incentives for the development of industries consolidate weak links and fill the gaps,” Gong added.

Since the establishment of the Lingang Special Area last August, the port town on the East China Sea has attracted nearly 300 industrial investment projects worth 255 billion yuan.

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