Guangdong’s strategic emerging industries blueprint

Earlier this month the 11th Provincial Party Congress was held in Guangdong. This seems to be a good occasion to have a look at Guangdong province’s ‘Strategic Emerging Industries’ Development Plan in 12th Five Year Plan Period’. Although officially already released earlier this year, the plan previously did not receive any coverage on our website.

Currently, Guangdong’s eight strategic emerging industries are ‘high-end emerging electronics and IT, new energy vehicles, LED, the biology industry, high-end equipment manufacturing, energy saving and environmental protection, new energy and new materials.’ In 2010 their combined output was 1.1 trillion RMB, with a value added of 280 billion RMB. The plan foresees an output in 2015 of 2.5 trillion RMB. Also three to five new industrial clusters will be developed with complete industrial chains and an output worth more than 100 billion RMB. The province itself will inject 22 billion RMB into these eight industries to support ‘innovation and research and development, platform construction, key projects, and intelligent property’. Many cities in Guangdong are designated one or more specific emerging industries. The list is too long to mention in full, but examples are aviation (Zhuhai), cloud computing (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan, Zhuhai and Huizhou), and new materials (Guangzhou).

An English summary of the plan can be found here.

Erasmus Smart Port holds seminar in Hong Kong

On May 11th Erasmus Smart Port Rotterdam (ESPR) wrapped up a successful visit to China with a small seminar at the Hong Kong Polytechnical University.

ESPR is a new multi-disciplinary institute for maritime and port-related studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Its ambition is to be recognized worldwide as a ‘thought leader’, and to do so by engaging in selective international research partnerships. Last year an MoU was signed with the Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI). This time NOST and the Netherlands Business Support Office in Dalian arranged visits to institutes in Beijing and Dalian.

The seminar in Hong Kong was jointly organized by the PolyU department of Logistics and Maritime Studies and held at the CY Tung International Centre for Maritime Studies. Han Wesseling, who is stationed in Guangzhou but is also covering Hong Kong, attended on behalf of NOST. Besides the general research agenda of ESPR, Academic Director Rob Zuidwijk also gave in-depth discussions of research topics such as the deployment of hinterland transport modes and the design of intermodal network services. These technical discussions struck a chord with the PolyU participants and provided a good starting point for further collaboration. As a major logistics hub, Hong Kong naturally shares many issues with the port city of Rotterdam.

At the end of May the PolyU is to host the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports, where ESPR Professor Hercules Haralambides is a featured keynote speaker.

Intelligent Logistics Seminar boosts collaboration between Dutch and Chinese logistics parties

The earlier announced seminar on intelligent logistics held by NOST and Shanghai International Shipping Institute has successfully stimulated collaboration between the Dutch and Chinese logistic sector. Guests included corporate, government and knowledge institutes from both China and The Netherlands. The high number of interested parties for this specific field reflected the demand for a seminar which combines innovative applications in the logistic sector with networking opportunities.

Opening address by Consul General Mr. Peter Potman

Presentations during this event provided insight in a new decade of high innovative logistics management and covered items such as RFID applications, information platforms, smarter supply chain management, visibility improvement and integrated data pipelines. The possibility for universal standards in technology and information sharing was a much discussed topic during the seminar which further emphasized the importance of collaboration in intelligent logistics. With this seminar the stage has been set for future partnerships and internationalization of standards.

Click here for a short video impression of this event.