A mulberry silk plant in the Yizhou Economic and Development Zone
The Guangxi Yizhou Economic and Development Zone （广西宜州经济开发区）was approved by the local government in December 1992, and passed the National Development and Reform Commission's review in April 2004 to become one of the eight special zones in Yizhou. It is in charge of 480 hectares of the Luodong industrial cluster and 130 hectares of the Desheng industrial cluster. The zone has a planned area of 1,300 hectares. At present, the development zone has sound water supply and drainage, electricity, roads, communications, television, network facilities, as well as well-developed transportation network that connects to Guizhou-Guangxi railway, Yizhou-Liuzhou and Jinchengjiang-Yizhou highways.
The zone is mainly engaged in silk, biomass chemical, machinery processing, chemical, food and biopharmaceutical industries. The Luodong cluster's leading industries include non-ferrous metal smelting, ferrous metal processing, sucrose deep processing and building materials, while the Desheng cluster is mainly involved in aluminum processing.
The park has given priority to development of silk, biomass chemical and sucrose comprehensive utilization circular economies, which have exhibited good development prospects.
The zone has seen a group of 57 well-known enterprises settle down, such as the Hong Kong-based Tengwei, Anhui Wanwei, Sichuan Atlantic, Jiangsu Hengyuan Silk and Yuchai Group, with 2.5 billion yuan ($378 million) in annual output value and 80 million yuan in tax, creating 10,000 employment opportunities.
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