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MERICS China Industries
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1. Smart manufacturing plan seeks to overcome reliance on imports

At a glance: The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a draft smart manufacturing development plan to guide the country’s industrial upgrading through 2025. It aims to improve the quality and efficiency of manufacturing whilst reducing resource and energy consumption. Key goals for the next five years include:

  • Increase domestically produced supply to 70 percent of equipment demand and 50 percent of software demand for smart manufacturing purposes; develop internationally competitive smart manufacturing equipment and software
  • Achieve breakthroughs in 18 core technologies with intellectual property rights in areas such as design simulation, hybrid modeling, additive manufacturing and human-machine collaboration
  • Ensure that over half of manufacturers have progressed beyond the initial planning stage of their smart manufacturing capabilities

MERICS comment: This is one of the first sectoral five-year plan (FYP) drafts released following last month’s overall 14th FYP, which prominently featured smart manufacturing as a key driver of China’s strategy to become a ‘manufacturing superpower’ (制造强国).