A worker checks sewing machines at a textile company in Lanxi, east China’s Zhejiang Province, November 29, 2021. China has made remarkable progress in expanding the application scenarios of the Internet industry 5G + industry, which has become an important driver to empower the digitalization, networking and smart transformation and upgrading of domestic industries. Photo: cnsphoto
China plans to make progress in manufacturing major technological equipment as the country strives to integrate information and industrialization in the period of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), the ministry said. of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in an action plan it released on Tuesday.
The document lists a number of specific goals that China wants to achieve in terms of information integration and industrialization by the end of 2025. For example, China aims to achieve a utilization rate 80% of digital tools in business management and operations by the end of 2025.
In addition, 85% of research and development design tools would be digitized, while 68% of crucial production procedures would have to be digitally controlled, the document said.
Tian Yun, deputy director of the Sino-Innovation Academy, said that China’s progress in industrial information has been among the fastest in the world in recent years, in part due to efforts to reduce excess capacity and compensate for labor shortages.
âMany domestic private manufacturing companies have realized that they need to move towards smart production, and they have included this requirement in their assessment standards,â Tian told the Global Times.
The MIIT document noted that China has achieved great success in improving traditional industries through the integration of information and industrialization during the period 2016-2020.
In those five years, the country’s penetration rate for digital business management rose to 68.1%, up 13.2 percentage points. China opened more than one million 5G base stations during the period.
A conceptual photo of the digital economy Photo: VCG
Tian predicted that information will continue to accelerate in the period 2021-25, as structural changes in the workforce and the country’s low-carbon targets will force domestic manufacturing industries to become smarter and more sophisticated. . He also said that China’s information industry could grow by 11% in the five years ending in 2025.
According to the MIIT document, China will take many steps from facilitating new products and business models to promoting the digital transformation of the economy, to achieve its industrial information goals.
Officials will aim for major breakthroughs in the use of technology equipment on an economy-wide scale, as well as the establishment of digital workshops and smart factories for key equipment in sectors such as machinery, production of vehicles, aerospace and electronics.
China will also make inroads in key technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, as well as electronic components, basic software and other technologies, the document notes.
Independent technology, media and telecommunications expert Fu Liang told the Global Times that “weak spots” in Chinese equipment still result from bottlenecks in certain technologies such as chips, sensors and industrial modules.
But Fu said that when the industrial chains mature to a certain extent, it is certain that China’s gap with overseas countries will narrow, as government support and market demand will push them. companies to invest.
âIndustrial information covers a very wide range of businesses, and any small business has the chance to become an industrial unicorn if it can make technological breakthroughs. Therefore, it is a very attractive industry and rich in opportunities for domestic enterprises, âFu mentioned.
Tian noted that since China has had success with products and technologies like aircraft engines and high-tech materials, he is confident that China will achieve new technical achievements with the government’s contribution.
But the major problem is how these achievements can benefit manufacturing in general, he said.
âAutomation is no longer a problem for many private manufacturing companies, but smart-intensive, and business prospects are uncertain amid the China-US struggle,â Tian said.
He suggested that the computerization of manufacturing could start with public companies such as steel and electrical companies, which have the resources and profits to initiate information testing and can sell their solutions to private companies later.