‘World factory’ upgraded by high-tech, originality

Date : June 28, 2023 | Time : 10:00 am

Sci tech project Dongguan China

An overhead view of the world-class sci-tech project, China Spallation Neutron Source, in Dongguan, Guangdong province, in July 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Where is Dongguan?

GUANGZHOU — An unparalleled manufacturing enterprise and foreign trade volume bestowed the title “world factory “to Dongguan in South China’s Guangdong province.

As the 24th Chinese city whose GDP has surpassed 1 trillion yuan ($139.4 billion), Dongguan has been forging ahead with high-tech, new energy and originality, rather than its stereotype as a massive contract factory for mobile phones and garments.

Advanced sci-tech

In the “world factory” lies a world-class sci-tech project — China Spallation Neutron Source, with over 1,000 research tasks tackled since its start in August 2018.

Chen Hesheng, general director of CSNS and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, explained that a spallation neutron source is like a super microscope to help study the microstructure of some material.

“This function could find out, for example, when the parts of high-speed trains should be changed to avoid accidents caused by material deterioration,” he said.

Chen said the transformation of CSNS’ achievements to practical use is underway. For now, the second phase of CSNS is under construction, and the cooperation between CSNS and high-level colleges and institutes is accelerating to build scientific research instruments.

Chen considers CSNS the most significant infrastructure for the comprehensive national science center in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Emphasis on new energy

Founded in 2010, Greenway Technology is a leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for micro-mobility and energy storage applications such as electric bikes, electric motorcycles, drones, intelligent robots and sound equipment.

With clients in over 80 countries and regions, Greenway has invested nearly 260 million yuan in research and development in the past three years to secure its competitiveness in the new energy market.

Thanks to early-stage planning and quick response, the company has rapidly grown and maintained a 20 percent share of the European market, said Liu Cong, Greenway’s vice-president.

According to official statistics, Dongguan’s new energy sector saw revenues up by 11.3 percent year-on-year to 66.73 billion yuan in 2022.

The local government has coordinated policies and funds to build a strategic base for emerging industries, including new-style energy storage, new energy vehicles, parts, semiconductors and integrated circuits, said Liang Yangyang, chief economist of Dongguan’s industry and information technology bureau.

Manufacturing originality

Despite emphasizing high-tech and new energy, Dongguan still attaches great importance to manufacturing, which contributes over half of the city’s GDP.

As one of the city’s industrial pillars, toy manufacturing has over 4,000 manufacturers and nearly 1,500 supporting enterprises. Among them, ToyCity is a pioneer in exploring paths for more brand power and added value.

Originality is the key to the company’s success, said Zheng Bo, Toy-City’s founder, while introducing the trendy toys designed by his company.

Toy companies used to choose contract manufacturing at the expense of initiative, but it’s different now, Zheng said, stressing that creating original brands with intellectual property wins independence and profits for toy businesses.

ToyCity’s annual turnover has exceeded 100 million yuan and profits have surged over 300 percent since its path changed toward originality, Zheng added.

Furthermore, supportive measures have been implemented by the local government, such as financial support, fashion toy centers and design competitions, to establish a whole industry chain for toy manufacturing.


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