Global players gather to map out future of smart industries
Approved by the State Council, the 2022 World Manufacturing Convention is to open on Tuesday in Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province, aiming to map out a new future for smart manufacturing through the cooperation among global manufacturers, in an effort to create a better future for the world.
The four-day gala, which also aims to deepen manufacturing ties between Anhui and the outside world, is expected to draw some 800 important guests, including around 200 foreign representatives.
With the theme of "manufacturing for the world, creating a better future," the convention is to be held both offline and online.
With a special exhibition area of 74,000 square meters at the Hefei Binhu International Convention and Exhibition Center, the convention covers a series of sessions, including an opening ceremony, keynote forums, project matchmaking activities and parallel forums.
Its exhibitions will be divided into two spheres－government-led exhibitions and market-oriented exhibitions. With the help of the annual WMC, Anhui has witnessed steady progress in bolstering the high-quality development of its manufacturing industry over the past four years, largely boosting the province's manufacturing power, said Niu Nutao, director of the Anhui Provincial Department of Economy and Information Technology.
Niu said that in the past 10 years, Anhui has cultivated 14 industries worth 100 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) each and 15 national new-type industrialization demonstration bases.
There are five enterprises in Anhui with operating income exceeding 100 billion yuan each and 50 enterprises each with 10 billion yuan in operating income, he said. Besides eight enterprises being included in the top 500 enterprises in China, he said, Conch Group also ranked 315th on the Fortune Global 500 List of 2021 while Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group has been part of the Fortune Global 500 List for three consecutive years.
Party Secretary of Anhui, Zheng Shanjie, called for further elevation of the WMC platform to boost industrial innovation and keep abreast of emerging industries and core technologies. It is also imperative to improve the internationalization of Anhui's cities and boost the pilot free trade zone in the province and elevated the level of opening-up to the outside world, thus moving toward a modern and beautiful Anhui, Zheng said.
Anhui Governor Wang Qingxian noted that technological innovation is an outstanding advantage in Anhui's development, and it is necessary to take investment and project management as the core of economic work in the province.
"Let more and more entrepreneurs and investors feel the sincerity and kindness of Anhui, which is a hot land for market players," Wang said.
The convention is co-sponsored by the Anhui provincial government, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Science and Technology, State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council and some other agencies.
The government-led exhibitions will showcase the achievements of the nation's manufacturing industry, the manufacturing industry in the Yangtze River Delta, and the manufacturing industry in Anhui. Meanwhile, a group of complete machine exhibits showcasing the leading level at home and abroad will also be displayed.
In the market-oriented exhibition area, the 2022 China International Mechanical and Electrical Products Fair & Advanced Manufacturing Expo, the 2022 China Anhui International Plastics Industry Expo, and International (Hefei) Energy Conservation and New Energy Automobile Exhibition will make an appearance.