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14 April, 2010 - 23:00 By Staff Reporter

Export to Zhangjiang

Zhangjiang

Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in Pudong, established in 1992, covers an area of 25km2 and has focused on the integrated circuit, software and biomedical industries as a catalyst for innovation and technology development.

Based on this strategy, the park has grown rapidly with both domestic and overseas technology companies benefiting from an environment supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and free competition.

 

Industry BasesOne of the key mechanisms for development in China has been the creation of ‘industrial bases’, which together with a variety of business incubator schemes provide special treatment and government support to qualifying companies.

This varies by base, but can include interest rebates, R & D funding, subsidised funds, tax incentives, personnel training, export credit loans, credit insurance, commercial information and assistance in the protection of intellectual property rights.  Each base is administered by a government sponsored organisation authorised by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Zhangjiang Hi Tech Park has been granted the status of ‘National Industry Base’ for a number of key industries, including the National Integrated Circuit Industry Base, Semiconductor Lighting Industrial Base, Shanghai National Information Industry Base, National 863 Project China Eastern Information Security Industry Park (CEISIP), National Software Industry Base, National Software Export Base, National Culture Industry Example Base, and National Network Game and Animation Industry Base and National Biomedical Industry Base.Key sectorsZhangjiang has the largest concentration of integrated circuit manufacturers in China accounting for 50 per cent of China’s total IC output and incorporates companies offering chip design, semiconductor wafer production, chip encapsulation and test with over 170 related enterprises clustered around it.

China’s largest semiconductor foundry SMIC, based in Zhangjiang, is now ranked third in the world against other major semiconductor foundries and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2004.

At the other end of the scale, a group of overseas Chinese academics successfully developed and commercialised ‘C-Core’ in partnership with Spreadtrum Communications based in Zhangjiang Park. Spreadtrum is a fabless semiconductor company that develops baseband and RF processor solutions for the wireless communications market.

The majority of chips produced in Zhangjiang are for foreign fabless IC design houses, but the proportion of locally designed chips is increasing steadily and the park is keen to attract foreign design and technology companies to set up and establish a more integrated value chain incorporating the full production cycle from IC design through manufacturing, encapsulation, test and manufacturing of high technology products as well as their supporting manufacturing equipment.

For example Comlent, has established the first local RFIC design house in China focusing on handset RFIC and mixed-signal SoC chipset solutions.  It employs 70 people, 70 per cent of whom have masters or Ph.D. degrees.

Zhangjiang is also a popular location for multinationals and several have established major R & D centres including Infineon, GE, Amway and Honeywell and, in the case of Honeywell, its Asia Pacific Regional headquarters, too.

Apart from a variety of government incentives, there is a rich talent pool of technical graduates attracted to the area by its career opportunities and attractive environment.

Shanghai Pudong Software Park is a subzone of Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park and focuses on nurturing enterprises engaged in software development, information services, system integration, E-business, data communication, information security, software export, financial and securities software and telecommunication services.

There are now 228 enterprises established in the park including major investments by multinationals such as SAP, Citibank Research, Bearing Point, Sony, Kyocera, TATA, INFOSYS and local companies such as Satyam Computer Services, Nano Technology, Fudan Kingstar Computer and China UnionPay.

The Software Park has developed rapidly with government assistance and aims to create an environment to attract  high-quality software enterprises and talented individuals to the area. It currently generates revenues in excess of US$1 billion, exporting US$50 million and provides over 10,000 jobs.

Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park enjoys the status of “Shanghai National Biomedical Industry Base.” There are now over 130 organisations established at this base including the R & D centres of international companies such as Roche and Dupont, major local organisations such as the National Biological Chip Centre, Huahai Pharmaceutical, Shanghai Xilong and Shenzhen TAUTO Biotech right through to SMEs such as Lead Discovery, Haixin Biology and Zhongnan Biology.

It is also the home of a number of national and municipal research institutes including the National Center for Drug Screening, NSCDSER, National Engineering Research Center for Pharmaceutical Preparation, National Engineering Research Center for TCM (NERC), Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Innovative Research Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shanghai New Medicine R & D Center

The base also offers a biomedicine incubation zone and a public laboratory providing professional training, clinical research services, R & D outsourcing services, technical information services as well as conferencing and exhibition facilities.

With over 300 biomedical projects already underway, the base has shown its advantages in location, resources, skill base, investment incentives and services.Transport & Infrastructure

Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park is close to the new A20 Shanghai outer ring road within 30-45 minutes drive both Shanghai’s main airports. Zhangjiang metro station provides convenient and rapid access to Shanghai city centre and the mainline railway stations within a similar time frame.

The park is well served by the logistics industry with a large number of logistics companies nearby. Zhangjiang is around 30 minutes from Wai Gao Qiao international port and 90 minutes from the new deep water port at Yanshan.

The park offers the full range of utilities, fibre optic telecommunications, industrial gases and reliable power supplies at competitive costs, a high quality road network and an attractive environment.

CONTACT INFORMATION:China International Investment Promotion AssociationPO Box 815IpswichSuffolkIP10 0WWUnited KingdomTel: +44-1473 659 061

Email: info [at] ciipacn.org

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