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Press Release for Media Briefing by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government on September 6, 2019

September 09, 2019

Shanghai Municipal Information Office held a press conference today (September 6). Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization director Wu Jincheng and deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s Equipment Industry Development Department Wang Ruihua introduced the upcoming 21st China International Industry Fair. China Academy of Engineering Third Bureau deputy director Gao Zhanjun, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization vice director Rong Zhiqin and Donghao Lansheng Group vice president Liu Hongjie attended the conference and answered questions from the press.

Organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Shanghai Municipal Government, the 21st China International Industry Fair will be held from 17 to 21 September at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai).

Since China International Industry Fair’s launch in 1999, CIIF has become one of the most influential international industry brand exhibitions in China, through implementing "professionalization, marketization, internationalization and branding" as its strategies for over 20 years. The China International Industry Fair, an event approved by the The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, is a leading event for manufacturing in China as well as an important window and platform open to the world for international trade, communication and cooperation on industrial scope. It has also become a well known exhibition brand around the globe. The China International Industry Fair is ranked the 17th according to a ranking of the top 100 commercial exhibition events around the world made by the “Import and Export Executives” magazine.

Shanghai has always followed the demand of national strategy, actively cooperated with the national ministries and commissions and relevant departments, adhered to the "specialization, internationalization, market-oriented, brand-oriented" direction, and has carefully organized and staged each China International Industry Fair. At present, the Industry Fair has become an important link for the industry sectors in Shanghai to integrate into the global industrial chain, and has become an important supportive force and backbone for the construction of core functions such as the Shanghai Global Science and Technology Innovation Center.

Part One

I.Basic Information of the 21st CIIF

(1)The China International Industry Fair’s theme

About the theme of the exhibition. The theme of this year's Industry Fair is “Intelligence, Interconnection – Empowering the New Development of Industry.” Smart device and inter-connectivity have become a new trend in the development of today's manufacturing industry. They have not only reshaped the production methods and processes, but have given new potential to the value of traditional industries, and have fostered new modes of new business and emerging industries, adding new industrial development. kinetic energy. General Secretary Xi Jinping has repeatedly stressed that it is necessary to grasp the opportunities for the integrated development of digitalization, network and smart manufacturing, and to promote the "innovative spirits and new business ideas” to push forward reform measures, to seek incremental business growth as well as to reduce inventory, in order to promote the development of China's industry to move to the middle and high end of the global value chain. The theme of this year's China International Industry Fair is in line with this new trend, and it also fully reflects the new path and new requirements for China to become a strong  manufacturing power.

General situation of the China International Industry Fair. The China International Industry Fair 2019 will comprise nine theme shows under one roof and occupy 280,000 square meters of exhibition area. It will focus on the new achievements in industrial development under the intelligent and interconnected trends, and showcase the latest technologies, products and services in the industry. The exhibition covers the entire industry chain of intelligent green manufacturing from manufacturing basic materials and key components to advanced manufacturing equipment and overall solutions; it will display CNC machine tools, robots, industrial automation, next-generation information technology (Industrial Internet), and energy saving. It will also cover the latest products, services and cutting-edge innovations in key areas such as environmental protection, alternative energy technology and equipment, new energy intelligent networked vehicles and new materials.

About exhibition participation. There will be more than 2,610 exhibitors taking part in this year’s fair. In terms of structure, companies from neighboring provinces occupy 6,697 booths, accounting for 48.07 percent of the total. Altogether 25 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions dispatch exhibitors, with all five municipalities taking part in the fair. Among them, 11 provinces and regions including Heilongjiang, Hebei, Shaanxi, Anhui, Guangxi, Henan and Sichuan each come as a group. Overseas exhibitors occupy 4,043 booths, or 29.02 percent of the total. They come from 27 countries and regions including the US, Germany, France and Israel. Among them, countries like Japan, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey each take part in as a group. Shanghai exhibitors occupy 3,192 booths, or 22.91 percent of the total. It is expected that over 170,000 professional visitors from both home and abroad will come to the fair.

About forums. This year’s fair will host 12 forums based on the principle of “pursuit quality not quantity to create a brand” with the optimization of planning. International conference on innovation and the development of emerging industries will be a focus. Speakers at the forums will be of higher level, including chief of the Australian Academy of Technology and Nobel Prize laureates. World-renowned scholars and senior executives will have open exchanges with the audience on the growth direction of disruptive emerging industries.

II.Highlights of the 21th CIIF

The fair will showcase deep integration in industry chain, innovation chain and productivity chain with the presentation of new industrial trends and the driving power of technology toward innovation. It will be highlighted in five aspects:

1.Highlight of technologically advanced innovative products. The fair will showcase new achievements of leading technological innovation, highlighting their role and giving more space for new technologies and new products. For example, leading companies including UR, Fanuc, Kawasaki and Kuka will make debut of their new collaborative robots at the fair. Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment will exhibit its six-generation Mask projection exposure machine, which is China’s first such high-resolution machine.

2.Highlight of achievements in regional collaboration in industry chain. New progress in integrated development of industry chain in the Yangtze River Delta Region will be on display in particular. Several professional exhibitions will focus on collaboration in the region, such as robots exhibition, to present the aggregation and interaction of industry chain along the Yangtze River. The technological innovation exhibition will showcase the radiation of Shanghai integrated circuit industry toward the Yangtze River Delta Region, and tell the stories of Shanghai enterprises in integrated and coordinated development of the region to create the power of a cluster of cities.

3.Highlight of application of new industries. The fair will strengthen the application settings such as “5G+Internet of Industry” and “AI+ manufacturing.” There will be a new exhibition area for Internet of Industry to present deciding technologies of the future. Companies from both home and abroad like Intel and Shanghai Electric will bring their latest settings, while telecom firms like China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom will showcase their latest application of 5G in manufacturing at the site.

4. Highlight the whole process synergy of industry, technology and innovation. The exhibition area highlights the construction of a complete intelligent manufacturing production supply chain, focusing on open innovation, industry-university-research cooperation, and innovation technology industrialization. For example, the technology trading exhibition area broadly picks and displays representative technology transfer service models, implementation examples of scientific and technological achievements transfer and advanced innovation and technological achievements, and provides a platform for demonstrating service capabilities and technical strength, docking technology, and seeking market and R&D cooperation.

5. Highlight the improvement of the quality of the exhibition. On the one hand, take standards of the international first-class level, improving the quality of the awards and the level of the forum. In terms of awards, in addition to controlling the scale of awards and increasing the gold content of awards, it also innovates the award model, strengthens cooperation with well-known industry associations at home and abroad, and recommends first-class new products at home and abroad to participate in the awards. On the other hand, further expand international influence, increase international promotion, and deepen "two-way openness." For the first time this year, on the overseas social media Facebook, the English website of the Industry Fair was opened to further expand the international promotion channels.

Part Two

The China International Industry Fair is an important international cooperation and exchange platform jointly approved by the Central Committee and the State Council and jointly developed by relevant state departments and Shanghai. Since 1999, it has been successfully held for 20 sessions and has become China's highest level international industrial fair.

For more than 20 years, with the strong support of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the State Council, relevant departments, the Shanghai Municipal Government, and related institutions and enterprises, the Industry Fair has stuck to the positioning of “the Hannover Fair in the West and the China International Industry Fair in the East,” with hard work and unremitting efforts, the Industry Fair grew up step by step, taking benefits from the reform and opening up, witnesses the rise of China's industry, and effectively promotes the exchanges between Chinese industry and global industry, becoming the most influential and authoritative international fair in the Asia-Pacific region. It has become an important showcase of China for scientific and technological exchanges and economic and trade cooperation with the world.

First, it has boosted China's industrial economy to continue to develop steadily and healthily. Industry is the foundation of the country, the main body of the real economy, and the main battlefield for technological innovation. In the past 20 years, especially since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, China’s industrial field has adhered to the guidance of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, and has embarked on a new industrialization road suited to China’s national conditions, and built a complete industrial system to become a world industry powerhouse. China ranks first in the world with more than 200 kinds of industrial manufactured products, and the comprehensive industrial strength and international competitiveness are significantly enhanced. The industrial products displayed by the Industry Fair are not only an important embodiment of “Made in China to Created in China, Chinese speed to Chinese quality, Chinese products to Chinese brand,” but also the latest technology and products in the global industrial field. playing an important demonstration role in transforming, upgrading and quality and efficiency improvement.

Second, it has built an important bridge for exchanges and cooperation between global industrial enterprises. From an initial function of display, the CIIF has developed into an international, professional and comprehensive platform with display, trading, awards, forums and other functions and brought together industrial enterprises from both home and abroad which are leaders in manufacturing, innovation and brand influence. Many domestic enterprises have expanded their businesses out of the country through the fair. For example, Shanghai Electric, Yitu Technology and other enterprises have introduced their latest products, technologies and manufacturing capabilities to the world via the CIIF platform, and successfully expanded their businesses into overseas markets. And many overseas companies such as Siemens, ABB and some others also successfully tapped into the Chinese market through the fair effectively. The CIIF Award is the only national-level exhibition award approved by the State Council. Since the 3rd CIIF which was held in 2001, a total of 738 awards have been granted at the fair, which has therefore become an international platform for global display, transaction, exchange and cooperation of new industrial products and technologies, and an important, mutually benefiting bridge for global industrial cooperation.

Third, it has reflected the latest trends in global industrial technology innovation and development. On the one hand, a large number of new Chinese products and technologies have been displayed or launched at the fair. For example, many Made-in-China benchmark products such as the return capsule of Shenzhou-5 spacecraft, Long March rocket, and ARJ and C919 by China Commercial Aircraft Corp have been displayed or made a debut at the CIIF. On the other hand, many overseas companies also showcase their new technologies and new products, and seek cooperation opportunities at the fair, and finally manage to expand their footprint globally. For example, Bosch and FANUC have both brought their latest research and development projects and products to the CIIF which have promoted international exchanges and cooperation. At the same time, from displaying products to displaying technologies, from displaying innovation to displaying solutions, CIIF has been showcasing a future development trend of industrial integration.

With a theme of “Intelligence, Interconnection – Empowering the New Development of Industry,” the 21st China International Industry Fair, scheduled to run from September 17 to 21, will give full play to its four functions of display, transaction, awards and forums, and strive to build itself into a key international platform where new technologies, new products and new models will be released and exchanged to promote cooperation and mutual benefit.

First, we will continue to keep an eye on the new trends in industrial development, with a focus on the industrial base and the entire industry chain. Besides demonstrating the intelligent, interconnected and green characteristics of frontier industrial development, this year’s industry fair will pay more attention to the demonstration of basic industrial capabilities and the level of industry chains, which include the fundamental segments of basic materials and key components, as well as the entire intelligent and green industry chain covering advanced manufacturing equipment and overall solutions.

Second, we will further demonstrate the major achievements in complementary and high-quality development in the Yangtze River Delta region, especially typical cases showcasing strengthened industrial synergy. For example, in the exhibition area designated for robots, the assembly and interaction of the complete industry chain in the Yangtze River Delta region has been demonstrated; and in the scientific and technological innovation exhibition area, achievements made in the regional integrated circuit industry by leveraging Shanghai’s strength will be displayed.

Third, we will further highlight the important driving role of innovation in the high-quality development of the manufacturing industry with a better “Innovation Science and Technology Pavilion.” Through various display means and forms of activities, we will enhance the audience experience and improve the function of popular science. We will not only showcase the important achievements of technological innovation and the scenarios for application of new technologies and new products, but also demonstrate the linked and integrated innovation and industry chains.

Fourth, we will further deepen the reform of award assessment mechanism with the highest global standard as a benchmark. We will intensify reform and innovation in award setting, award application, award assessment models, etc, so as to have more diversified award application channels, more representative setting of awards, more authoritative judge panels, and more influential publicity approaches and play a leading role in guiding industrial technology innovation and high-quality development.