Shanghai to build intelligent manufacturing center

Shanghai officials have revealed plans to transform Pudong’s Lin’gang Area into an international center of intelligent manufacturing.

The project is envisioned an important step in the push to transform the city into a global innovation center.

Xu Ziying, deputy director of the Shanghai Economic and Information Technology Commission, said the Lin’gang Area will have a concentration of enterprises in advanced manufacturing, research and innovation, and production services.

He said the project is an important component in implementing the Made-in-China 2025 strategy and the Internet Plus program.

The manufacturing industry has become the focus of a new round of global competition reflected by the Reindustrialization of America, German Industry 4.0, Japan Revitalization Strategy, and Made-in-India Initiatives.

“The Chinese government launched the Made-in-China 2025 strategy in view of these trends and put the focus on intelligent manufacturing, which is the direction of China’s industrial development,” the government official said.

Ma Xingfa, deputy director of the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission, said the government agency will play an active role in the formation of  the Shanghai Intelligent Manufacturing and Innovation Alliance and pool resources of enterprises, universities and research institutes to develop the sector.

“The commission will set development targets and draw a road map for reaching the targets. It will also build a platform for different research groups to exchange and cooperate as they try to achieve major breakthroughs,” he said.

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