Mingshui Economic and Technological Development Zone, formerly known as Shandong Mingshui Economic Development Zone, is a provincial development zone approved by the Shandong provincial government in December 1992. In October 2012, it was approved as a national economic and technological development zone by the State Council. With development over two decades, the zone's economic strengths have been significantly enhanced, industrial structure optimized, opening-up expanded, and mechanisms improved.
The zone has successfully passed certification of three international standard management systems: quality (IS09001), environment (IS014001), and occupational health and safety (OHSAS18001). It has nurtured four pillar industries: transport equipment, mechanical manufacturing, fine chemical engineering, and food and beverages. Dozens of leading Chinese and foreign enterprises have settled in the zone, including China International Heavy Duty Truck Group, Coca Cola, Baoshan Iron and Steel Co, Sany Heavy Industry Co and Wahaha. It is now a national new-type industrial demonstration base, a national advanced mechanical manufacturing industrial base, a national heavy-duty truck industrial base, a national organic polymer materials base, and a provincial recycling economy demonstration zone.
After becoming a national development zone, the zone has followed the development requirements of the State Council and Ministry of Commerce, insisted on upgrading traditional industry and nurturing emerging industry, and fully accelerated its own transformation and innovative development.
Industrial transformation has broken new ground. The zone concentrates on attracting investment. It promotes its industrial transformation and structural adjustment by bringing on more projects. It continues to improve its mechanisms, innovate investment attraction methods, increase the proportion of investment attraction, and build a wider and more effective projects information platform. When focusing on attracting investments to complete the industrial chains of its four pillar industries, the zone also attaches greater importance to investment attraction for strategic emerging industries such as new materials, new information, modern architecture, biomedicine, high-end equipment manufacturing and the modern service industry. It also continues to keep improving the work mechanisms for project construction such as specially assigning a person to coordinate and solve issues in the construction process, thereby helping to ensure projects proceed well.
The development environment has been optimized. The zone has invested 11 billion yuan ($1.58 billion) in infrastructure construction to connect various networks including road, power and water, as well as the flattening of land. It has strictly implemented national and local laws, rules and policies concerning environmental protection. The environmental impact assessment rate of new enterprises in the zone has reached 100 percent, and its green coverage rate has reached 40 percent. High energy-consuming, high-polluting and resource projects have been strictly prohibited in the zone. It has kept working hard on energy conservation and emission reduction. Its rate of recycling industrial solid waste has reached 96 percent and the industrial water recycling rate has exceeded 90 percent. A batch of enterprises specializing in recycling economy, such as Sinotruk Jinan Fuqiang Power Co, has been located in the zone. In the past year, the zone has concentrated on planning. It has completed the industrial planning of its main project area, a regulatory plan, and the overall planning of related areas, which has laid the foundation for the zone's transformation and development.
Institutional reform has taken a new step. The management structure of the zone has been adjusted to meet the requirements of a national development zone, which now encompasses an office, an economic development department, a finance department, a planning and construction development, a scientific and technological information bureau, an investment service center, and a comprehensive service center. Therefore, its operation mechanisms and official allocations have been optimized. The duties of every department have become clearer, and the management system has become more standard.
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