China Solid State Lighting kicks off in Guangzhou


This morning, the 8th edition of the China International Forum on Solid State Lighting (SSL) kicked off in Guangzhou, with an opening address by Cao Jianlin, vice-minister of the Ministry of Science & Technology.

The event also saw the official launch of the Global Student Challenge, organized by the International SSL Alliance (ISA). Philips is one of the sponsors of this challenge, which aims to attract more young talent to SSL research. Piet Derks (see picture: 1st on left), General Manager of Philips Lighting R&D in Shanghai, was there at the launch. Philips will officially join the ISA at an official announcement later on today.

Also Maarten Derksen (see picture: 2nd on left), Deputy Consul-General of the Consulate-General in Guangzhou, participated in the event to show Dutch support for this initiative. Tomorrow Mr. Derksen will address national government officials and ISA members to highlight Holland’s international collaborations in the field of SSL. There are many opportunities ahead, as SSL is becoming a major area of cooperation between China and the Netherlands. April next year, vice-minister Cao is planned to head a delegation to the Netherlands. SSL is one of the topics on the agenda for discussion. During his opening address today, he underlined government efforts to set up international cooperation. A Dutch photonics trade mission to China is also in the works for next year.

Making sense of the buzz on Chinese social media

NOST (TWA netwerk) paid a visit today to CIC in Shanghai. CIC is one of China’s leading social business intelligence providers. They are active in this market since 2004. In their own words, they are ‘making sense of the buzz’.

China has many different social media platforms, with a huge amount of users. To get a feeling of the size of the Chinese social media, take a look at these figures:

  • 485 million Internet users
  • 318 million Blog users
  • 144 million BBS users
  • 230 million SNS users
  • 195 million Weibousers
  • 301 million Video sharing users
  • 42 million Group purchase users

All these users are creating a vast volume of data. This data can be very useful for marketing managers. Collecting, processing and converting it into usable data is however far from easy. To mention two challenges: the Chinese social media platforms do not always have open APIs and users often use internet slag, abbreviations, jargon and nicknames. But with their experience and contact network in the social media world, CIC seems to be more than capable of tackling those challenges and indeed making sense of the buzz.

Link: CIC
Chinese social media statistics courtesy of CIC.

Baidu says bye bye to its microblog

China’s search engine giant Baidu is shutting down its microblogging service ‘Baidu ShuoBa’ by 22 of August.

The service which was launched last year, and was competing with microblogging services like Sina’s Weibo, Tencent’s Weibo and many more. Tencent claims 200m users and Sina 140m for their microblogs.



China to release self-developed aircraft engine

Last month, China’s passenger-jet manufacturer COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China), announced that an overall design plan for an indigenously developed large passenger-jet engine is expected to be released by the end of this year. The engine is developed with the C919 passenger jet in mind.

Separately, China SignPost reports that the Chinese Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) is planning to invest 10 billion RMB (US$ 1.53 billion) into jet engine R&D over the next 5 years, assigning engine development a top priority. More details in this in-depth report from China SignPost.