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China strengthens industrial IoT strategy

William Payne
August 10, 2017

China is strengthening its national industrial IoT and automation strategy. The country's premier, Li Keqiang has signed off the setting up of new national level demonstration areas to spur the development of smart manufacturing. At a meeting of the State Council, it was also decided to establish new green and service oriented manufacturing demonstrators.

The State Council also decided to push on with efforts to cut bureaucracy. They decided that approvals' procedures will be streamlined and intellectual property rights strengthened. The council also decided to reinforce government compliance oversight.

The Made in China 2025 strategy is the country's answer to Germany's Industry 4.0 and other national initiatives. It aims to promote the development of new industries and the modernisation of existing sectors through the adoption of emerging technologies, including industrial IoT.

The strategy was launched by premier Li in 2015.

According to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the first 109 smart manufacturing pilot projects have seen average productivity rise by 38 percent while operating costs have dropped by 21 percent.

"We need to select some cities or city clusters in China's eastern, western and central regions for the demonstration areas. The key is to support their piloting in system and policy innovation, and to develop an innovative atmosphere and industrial clusters for smart manufacturing," premier Li told the State Council.

"We must enable the manufacturing sector to become smarter, greener and more service oriented to boost the transition from traditional to new growth engines and to keep the economy climbing upward," he said.

The new demonstration zones are likely to be in cities or city clusters with existing strong manufacturing sectors in the geographic regions Li earmarked.