The Zhuhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone has set a 20-year goal for future development. It calls for a blend of new-type industrialisation, characterised urbanisation and ecological environment with priority on hi-tech-driven happiness-oriented intelligence industry so as to make it a major portal of the city image, hot spot for hi-tech, main field for science, technology and education, and prime showcase of culture.
It is working towards industrial upgrade promotion, new town construction, independent innovation, cultural development and livelihood improvement to make itself an area for science and technology, culture, ecology and harmonious community.
Specific targets are: First, the economic aggregate of the main park will double in three years and a highly intensive industrial cluster will be formed. Second, an urban layout with highly characterised and harmoniously developed areas linked with optimised industrial structure will be created. Third, a habitable intelligent coastal new town in the north of Zhuhai will be constructed in ten years.
Moreover, intellectual creation, incubation and innovation capability, industrialisation and capability of economy of scale will be key national endeavours. Meanwhile, personal happiness will be at the forefront of the Pearl River Delta lifestyle index in ten years.
Designated one of the first-group national hi-tech zones in December 1992 and coming into operation in March 1993, the zone has grown dramatically and become a pace-setter for promotion of independent innovation and scientific development over the past two decades.
The zone was readjusted as a combination of Sanzao, Nanping, Xinqing and Baijiao science and technology industrial parks and the Guangdong Zhuhai Hi-Tech Products Commercialisation Demo Base at the end of 1998. In August 2000, the Technological Innovation Coast covering 1.4sqkm in Tangjia and Jinding areas was added. In July 2006, the zone was integrated with Tangjiawan Town covering 139sqkm plus the four industrial parks.
There were 49 businesses in the less-than-1sqkm area with industrial output of 2.05 billion yuan (325 million) in 1998. Nonetheless, gross industrial output value hit 161 billion yuan ($25.52 billion) in 2011 with industrial added value of 38 billion yuan ($6 billion), respectively accounting for 46 and 51 percent of the city’s total. Meanwhile, output value of hi-tech businesses exceeded 90.14 billion yuan ($14.3 billion), accounting for 56 percent of gross industrial output, whereas the industrial added value reached 25 billion yuan ($3.96 billion).
Just in the first half of the year, growth of the gross industrial output of the hi-tech industry, industrial added value and exports exceeded 20 percent with software industry sales revenue up 31.5 percent and total sales revenue of the information and software industry rising by 38 percent.
The hi-tech zone has contributed greatly to leading industrial development and boosting urban construction. An innovation-based technological park with hi-tech industry as the pillar and an industrial new town has taken shape. Its hi-tech industry has contributed to the city’s economic growth as the No1 force for four successive years.
Six industrial clusters covering electronics and IT, new-type home appliances, optical, mechanical and electrical integration technology, bio-medicine, new materials and environmental protection have been formed to lead the city’s hi-tech industrial development. An industrial cluster highlighting Internet, software and IC design, smart-power grid, medical devices and advanced manufacturing has also taken shape in the main park.
The zone now has 128 businesses with sales revenue exceeding 100 million yuan ($15.97 million) each, 114 hi-tech businesses and 17 listed firms, the last of which ranks ninth among state-level hi-tech zones throughout the country. It has Gree, Chinese World-Famous Brand Product Rossini, China Famous Brand The United Laboratories, Guangdong-Famous Brand and others. In addition, Zhuhai Seine Technology and Guangdong YGSoft inc are listed in Forbes Top 100 Potential Enterprises in China in 2011 and 2012.
The hi-tech zone accommodates campuses of Sun Yat-sen University, Beijing Normal University, Beijing Institute of Technology and United International College (UIC) and Zhuhai Hi-Tech Venture Service Centre, Tsinghua Science Park, Southern Software Park, Harbin Institute of Technology New Economic Resources Development Harbour and other business incubators. In 2011, the zone had one national incubator, three provincial incubators and one municipal incubator covering 254,066sqm with 256 incubating businesses and 153 accumulated incubated businesses.
Moreover, 37 engineering centres were founded by various enterprises, including three state-level engineering and technological R&D centres, 14 provincial and 20 city-level centres, accounting for 61 percent of the city’s total.
Businesses in the zone applied for 3,029 patents in 2011, of which 953 were invention patents, accounting for 54 and 64.2 percent of the city’s total. Businesses there now hold 6,006 valid patents, including 706 valid invention patents.
Innovation personnel have been growing rapidly with three selected in the National 1,000-Talent Programme, two academicians imported and nearly 70,000 employees in hi-tech businesses in the zone.
Aiming to make Tangjiawan into a Famous Historical & Cultural Town of China, the zone will take advantage of modern hi-tech industry, sports facilities such as golf courses and the international racing circuit, university campuses, historical sites and natural mountain and sea resources to greatly develop a cultural tourism system featuring traditional indigenous culture and modern industrial civilisation, according to Guo Yi, Party chief of the Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.