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Building Dongying city into a regional industry, service hub

2016/11/16 17:26:18   source: China Daily

  Beijing, Tianjin municipalities and Hebei province to transfer advanced equipmentmanufacturing, information technology and logistics businesses to northern Shandong, SongMengxing reports.

  Dongying, an industrial city lying on the northern coast of Shandong province, is fosteringadvanced industries and focusing on innovation to boost its economy, local officials said.

  They said the city is promoting and improving industrialization, while its leading sectors, such asrubber tire and auto parts, nonferrous metals, petroleum equipment and petrochemicalengineering, are developing well to support the city's economy.

  Local emerging industries are also thriving. Among them are new energy, next generationinformation technology, new materials, modern biology and medicine.

  At a promotional conference held in Beijing on June 17 for Dongying's integration into thenational Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei collaborative development strategy, Dongying signed 69 projectsworth some 69.96 billion yuan ($10.3 billion). These involved fields such as modern agriculture,advanced equipment manufacturing, e-commerce and tourism.

  Shen Changyou, Party chief of Dongying, said that the city will receive advanced equipmentmanufacturing, information technology and logistics industries from Beijing and Tianjin.Advanced technologies and professionals from the two cities will also be introduced toDongying, Shen said.

  "We will also boost modern services and work to build Dongying into a regional service center ofthe Yellow River Delta," Shen said.

Building Dongying city into a regional industry, service hub

  In recent years, the city has promoted modern services, including financeand insurance, modern logistics and scientific and technological services. Ithas also developed emerging services such as cultural tourism andeducation training.

  Local officials said the service sector will become a new engine for thecity's economic development.

  They said Dongying promoted innovation-driven development, whichfocuses on scientific and technological innovation during the 12th Five-YearPlan period (2011-15).

  Junma Petroleum Equipment Manufacturing Co Ltd, just one among many local innovativecompanies, focuses on research and development, design, production and services foradvanced petroleum equipment.

  Xiao Hailong, the company's assistant president, said that Junma currently has 200 workers andpotential production capacity worth 3.6 billion yuan, which amounts to work for more than 8,000employees in the past.

  A fully automatic production line of petroleum equipment was recently in its trial phase in thecompany's manufacturing shop. The company promotes scientific research innovation and has42 invention patents, as well as 35 software copyrights.

  City-level and county-level governments in Dongying earmarked some 1.84 billion yuan forscience and technology during the 12th Five-Year Plan period. By the end of 2015, the city hadprovided loans of nearly 1.55 billion yuan to 98 scientific and technological companies.

  Zhao Haozhi, mayor of Dongying, said that the city plans to build regional scientific andtechnological innovation service systems, to offer platforms for commercialization of scientificand technological achievements, and to become a demonstration area for professionals' growthand development.

  To attract high-level professionals, the city's government has set up prizes given to entrepreneursand scientific and technological personnel who have made prominent contributions to innovationand entrepreneurship in Dongying.

  The city has founded six work centers for attracting overseas professionals and transferringtechnologies, and has organized national experts to visit Dongying in recent years.

  The city is home to 285 scientific and technological enterprises and more than 100 high-techcompanies. High-tech sectors account for nearly 35 percent of the city's total industrial outputvalue.

  Approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Dongying became one of the first pilotcities in 2013 for building scientific and technological innovation service systems, according tothe city government's official website.

  The city was listed as a nationally advanced city for scientific and technological progress by theMinistry of Science and Technology in 2013.

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