Foshan High-tech Industrial Development Zone (佛山国家高新技术产业开发区）, which was established in 1992 with the approval of the State Council, was one of the first of 53 national high-tech industrial development zones.
In the past two decades, the zone has pushed the integrated and innovative development of scientific and financial industries and gathered various innovative resources. Now it has become a major engine for boosting scientific innovation and industrial transformation.
In 2016, the zone generated 380.5 billion yuan ($57.49 billion) of industrial output, marking year-on-year increase of 10 percent. A high-tech industrial cluster has taken shape in the zone, covering automotive and components, high-end equipment manufacturing, photo-electricity, new materials, smart appliances, bio-medicine and e-commerce.
A new incubator for startups has recently been put into use in Foshan High-tech Industrial Development Zone. [Photo/Zhujiang Times]
Up to 2016, the zone is home to 69 Global Fortune 500 and Fortune 500-funded companies such as Volkswagen Group. It also has 72 listed enterprises and 615 high-tech enterprises.
The zone has developed a complete industrial chain for equipment manufacturing, which integrates R&D, engineering design, core components, precision machining, system integration, brand promotion and high-end exhibitions. A number of companies in the zone have developed into industry leaders with outputs over 10 billion yuan.
Foshan High-tech Industrial Development Zone is working on the construction of an industrial belt of advanced equipment manufacturing, which will serve as a key part of national self-innovation zones in Pearl River Delta area and play a significant role in the Guangdong-Guangxi-Guizhou high-speed railway economic belt.
Meanwhile, the zone has deepened cooperation with universities such as Tsinghua University and research institutions, taking advantage of the innovative platforms of Foshan Nanhai Guangdong Technology University - CNC Equipment Cooperative Innovation Institute, Guangdong Institute of Hefei University of Technology and SYSU-CMU Shunde International Joint Research Institute. It has worked with international scientific elites to conduct scientific research and form an innovative system dominated by creative companies. By the end of 2016, Foshan High-tech Industrial Development Zone had attracted 10 national incubators, and 163 provincial-level technology research and development centers.
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