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Chinese province to shift 80 percent of manufacturing to robots

Staff writer ▼ | March 11, 2014
More than 80 percent of manufacturing operations in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, will be using industrial robots and related technologies by 2020, according to official projections.
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China robotsMore than 80 percent of manufacturing operations in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, will be using industrial robots and related technologies by 2020, according to official projections.


The city's government has decided to expand investment in such technologies in the next few years, based on a report prepared by the Guangzhou commission of trade and economy. The standing committee of the Guangzhou municipal government authorized the proposals given in the report, giving the go-ahead for further investment in the sector.

The production of such technologies, including intelligent systems and robots suited to manufacturing, is expected to grow to meet demand, reaching a projected value of more than 100 billion yuan ($16.4 billion).

Yi Ming, deputy director of the Guangzhou commission of economy and trade, said China's robot and intelligent technologies industry has now entered a period of explosive growth. "The demand for robots has been increasing at an annual rate of more than 30 percent in Guangzhou."

Industrial robots have been widely used in companies for assembly, welding, transportation and related processes in the Pearl River delta region, which borders the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, Mr. Ming said.

However, Mr. Ming said, more than 90 percent of the robots and core parts have to be imported from outside the mainland, a situation that he would like to see reversed. To meet the growing domestic demand, the city's government plans to build two or three robot industrial development zones, with the aim of producing 100,000 robot units a year by 2020.


 

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