Pudong's high hopes for industry by 2025

Li Qian
Authorities announce plans to develop the area's six core industries and enhance its influence on the world stage with innovation and scientific breakthroughs.
Li Qian

Six industry clusters on a scale hitting 100 billion yuan (US$14.1 billion) each will be formed and fostered by 2025, authorities in the Pudong New Area said on Thursday.

Pudong plans to develop the clusters based on its six core industries — integrated circuits, new medicine, aviation and aerospace, future cars, smart manufacturing and big data, according to a blueprint released by the district’s science, technology and economy committee.

Pudong hopes to create a world-class integrated circuit design industrial park based on the current two industrial bases in Zhangjiang and Lingang, and provide globally competitive whole-chain services. It is also hoping to make scientific breakthroughs in the design and manufacture of top-end chips.

By 2025, the sales volume of the whole industrial chain is expected to reach 400 billion yuan, with double the number of integrated circuit companies listed on the science and technology innovation board.

Pudong hopes to lead the development of tumor vaccines, cell therapy, diagnostic reagents and high-end implantable medical devices. By 2025, the industrial scale of biomedicine is expected to surpass 200 billion yuan, and Pudong plans to become an innovation highland of biomedicine with global influence.

Pudong plays a vital role in the country’s research and development of large aircraft. It hopes to become a source of innovation and a pioneer in the high-end aviation industry.

The C919, China’s first domestically developed narrow-body passenger aircraft, will go into mass production, and the CR929 passenger jet, a Sino-Russian project, will start trial flights. By 2025, the industrial scale is expected to reach 100 billion yuan.

The launch of Tesla’s Gigafactory has provided a catalyst for Pudong to develop “future cars.” Currently, Pudong is working to improve the whole industrial chain and strengthen the integration with intelligent network, hoping to achieve a scale of 450 billion yuan in the automobile industry.

Well on the way to becoming a smart manufacturing base with global influence, Pudong is taking advantage of its shipbuilding industries to promote mass production of cruise ships, and relying on industrial tycoons to develop robots. By 2025, it hopes to double robot manufacturing.

Pudong has the country’s first artificial intelligence application zone, and it will explore more applications. By 2025, the revenue of software and information services is expected to reach 550 billion yuan.

Pudong also plans to turn itself into a scientific and technological innovation highland.

By 2025, it will have 10 large science facilities, eight in Zhangjiang and two in Lingang, hoping for breakthroughs in photonic science, quantum science, brain science, structural biology and astrophysics.

Based on the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the hard X-ray facility and the super short laser facility, Zhangjiang will form a world-class photonic science center.

Also, by 2025, Pudong hopes to build a national lab and some high-end innovation centers, with a pool of talent. The number of innovation centers built by large companies will surpass 20 and the number of new incubators will surpass 200. High-technology companies will reach 8,000 in number.

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