Recently, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released a preliminary list of cities (prefectures) with stable industrial growth and significant progress in industrial transformation and upgrading. Only 15 cities (prefectures) made the list, among which Cixi is the only county-level city.
As a county-level city, Cixi stood out from the many competing sub-provincial cities and prefecture-level cities by virtue of its solid strength in industrial transformation. Intelligence, steady growth, and continuous transformation—labels other cities could only covet are being added to Cixi’s name card one by one.
Since last year, the city has been actively implementing the pilot project of "Made in China 2025". It guided industrial enterprises to facilitate the automation and informatization of workshops, promoted the transition into intelligent manufacturing, and urged the upgrading of products for finer quality. Now, the intelligent economy is becoming the main engine of Cixi's industrial development.
Diligence brings brilliance. In 2017, the city initiated a pioneering project to promote intelligent development. It planned to establish several colleges of intelligent economy, foster 10 leading enterprises and 100 model enterprises in intelligent economy, and facilitate the intelligent transformation of 1000 enterprises above state designated scale. The past year saw Cixi’s full commitment to the promotion of “Made in China 2025”, which brought the optimization of industrial structure, the remarkable rebound in industrial development and the significantly improved quality and efficiency. In 2017, Cixi’s industrial value-added hit 53.7 billion yuan, increasing by 9.2% year-on-year. More specifically, the industrial value-added of enterprises above state designated scale was 29.51 billion yuan, up 10.8% year-on-year, and their profit totaled 7.94 billion yuan, up 38.3% year-on-year, a record growth in the past five years. At the same time, the value-added of strategic emerging industries, high-tech industries, and equipment manufacturing industries in 2017 reached 2.79 billion yuan, 14.5 billion yuan, and 21.8 billion yuan respectively, up 5.7%, 12.6%, and 11.3% year-on-year.
Hard work leads to glory. In 2017, Cixi ranked fifth among the top 100 industrial counties and cities in China, and second among the top industrial counties (cities, districts) in Zhejiang. It also won the highest prize for its active promotion of " Made in China 2025". What’s more, in 2017, seven projects of the city received national acknowledgment, and a provincial manufacturing innovation center was established.
With all the achievements, Cixi will continue to march forward. This year, the city, focusing on consolidating its leading status in the province, will aim at high-quality development of the industry. It will highlight innovation and leadership, and accelerate the development of new technologies, new businesses, new products, and new models of economy. By formulating and implementing three-year plans to promote intelligent economy and nurture new services, it aspires to continuously enhance its economic innovation capabilities and competitiveness, and foster and expand strategic emerging industries such as smart equipment, new materials, and health.