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Automation Technologies 3/2016

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Industrial transformation and economic reforms: it’s all happening in Shenzhen Sushen Doshi As one of the fastest-growing areas of global manufacturing, in the recent years, South China is accelerating the pace of its industrial transformation. This combined with economic reforms being introduced recently, make Shenzhen and Guangdong province, further more important in China’s transformation from ‘high speed’ to ‘high quality’ manufacturing. In the 1990s, Shenzhen was described as constructing “one high-rise a day and one boulevard every three days”. The Shenzhen’s rapidly growing skyline is regarded as one of the best in the world. It currently has almost 60 buildings taller than 200 meters. Author: Sushen Doshi, correspondent India for AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES In the 1970s, Shenzhen was a small fishing village, population 30k, on the narrow river across from Hong Kong. It was deemed a special economic zone in 1979 with tax exemptions and preferential trade agreements, which attracted huge numbers of both businesses and workers. Despite all the growth, China’s decision makers realised that, industrial transformation and technological learning would be necessary for further sustained development. Thus began the actual industrialization of the village. Just as China started its export-oriented manufacturing, the concept of globalization was on the rise, giving them the element of good luck to offer the right program at the right time. This fortune translated into to an outstanding annual growth rate for the region. After its tremendous success, Shenzhen was made a model of development, with similar models being implemented in other areas of China. Shenzhen is a major manufacturing centre in China. It is home to some of China’s most successful high-tech companies, including BYD, Konka, Skyworth,Tencent, Coolpad, ZTE, Gionee, TP- Link, DJI, BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute), OnePlus and Huawei. Many foreign high-tech companies also have their China operations centres located in the city. Additional examples of successful Chinese companies with large operation in Shenzhen include, China International Marine Containers which is one of the largest container-manufacturing company in the world. Due to its unique status, Shenzhen is also an extremely fertile ground for startups, be it by Chinese or foreign entrepreneurs. Shenzhen is particularly prominent in the field of automobile manufacturing Building/Construction Materials, Chemicals Production and Processing, Computer Software, Electronics Assembly & Manufacturing, Instruments & Industrial Equipment Production, Medical Equipment and Supplies, Research and Development, Telecommunications Equipment. NEWS AND MARKETS

Facts about Industrial Automation Shenzhen As one of the fastest-growing area of global manufacturing, in the recent years, South China is accelerating the pace of its transformation. Industrial Automation Shenzhen (IA- Shenzhen) is one of the most important automation exhibitions, serving South China’s need for upgrading the industry as well as meeting the huge market demand. Hosted at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center with 30,000 sq. meters of display area, the IA-Shenzhen lasts for 3 days from 29 th June until 1 st July 2016. This international event attracts 450 exhibitor companies from China and other leading industrialized countries like Germany, USA, Japan and South Korea. Exhibitor companies mainly represent the pneumatic and hydraulic equipment manufacturers, machine vision technology specialists, industrial robotics and automation systems manufacturers and companies providing servo drives and control systems. Like the IA-Beijing in the north, this trade fair attracts around about 25,000 visitors from all over China and from various other countries, but mainly from South china and the neighbouring regions. Participation from emerging asian countries like India, Thailand and Vietnam can be seen increasing every year, as their economies keep on growing. Industry highlights The product sectors at Industrial Automation-Shenzhen consists of production and process automation, industrial robots and machine vision technology, IT and software for industrial automation, electrical and mechanical drives along with hydraulic, pneumatic equipment and components. The production and process automation category includes PLCs and Scada systems, sensors and actuators, measurement and test system, industrial communication systems like fieldbus and Ethernet, data acquisitions and identification systems, laser technology, linear positioning systems, assembly and handling systems. The robots and machine vision category includes the latest trends and technologies of the industrial robots and service robots, robotic simulation and visual systems, advanced industrial image processing systems and machine vision devices and components. With increasing momentum of trends like Industry 4.0, the significance of digital integration and as a consequence the importance of IT and software related to industrial automation goes on increasing. At the IA-Shenzhen, the IT and software The incentives and exemptions given to industries with aim of attracting foreign investments was a hugely successful move as China roped in record levels of foreign direct investment. During the 1991-2001, the inflows amounted to $ 50 billion per year and more than $ 80 billion per year from 2003-2010. After the financial crash, the foreign investments have bounced back up surpassing $ 100 billion annually. Economic reforms The recently established Shanghai Free Trade Zone has received a lot of attention both within China and abroad, as a welcome step on China’s expansion of economic reform, however it is not the only area of the country where transformation is taking place. Shenzhen, in Guangdong Province, has long been a hotbed of economic development and reform. One of the most ambitious reforms is the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone. Covering an area of 14.92 square kilometres, it focuses on financial and information services, modern logistics businesses and high tech and professional services. More than 2,000 companies have already set up operations in the Qianhai zone. The total registered capital investment is already more than 200 billion RMB. In another part of Shenzhen, the Shekou Industrial Zone is another example. Today, the zone is undergoing an industrial transformation, aiming to become the “Silicon Valley” of the city. A total of 184 companies have set up businesses there, concentrating on mobile internet, e-commerce and the internet of things. China’s reform is going forward step by step. It remains to be seen exactly how China will continue to take shape, but as a gateway to Hong Kong and a window to the world, Shenzhen is set to continue at the forefront of China’s development. product category has on display, the integrated management software and production planning software for factories, along with solutions for industrial internet and local area network in and outside of the factories. Apart from the above mentioned products and technologies, this trade fair also showcases exhibitor companies satisfying domestic demand in the field of interface and connector technology, electronic components and auxiliary equipment, and various mechanical engineering related products like hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, fluid control valves and flow meters etc. The approach towards automation between Chinese and non-Chinese companies is extremely different and open for the visitors at the show to see. It remains to be seen, how new concepts like “Industry 4.0” or the “Internet of things” are being accepted and implemented in the Chinese automation community. The show in Shenzhen will be the ideal place to find out! All in all, South China’s industry personnel from CEOs to purchasing managers, who visit the “Industrial Automation Shenzhen 2016” will surely find new solutions to ease their transformation from manual to automated– and to develop new markets and new technologies which increase their competitiveness. Photopgraphs: teaser fotolia AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 3/2016


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