On 15 July 2019, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatisation released the Action Plan for Intelligent Manufacturing in Shanghai (2019-2021) (Hu Jing Xin Zhi  No. 512).
The Action Plan was formulated in order to further boost the integration between new generation information technologies with advanced manufacturing, and to enhance Shanghai’s global competitiveness. Specifically, the Action Plan outlines four main objectives to be reached by the end of 2021:
- Further enhancement of innovation capabilities:
- Industry size of intelligent manufacturing (IM) equipment in Shanghai: 130 billion RMB; of which 60 billion RMB for robots and integrated systems only;
- Development of 100 ground-breaking IM equipment, components or software;
- Establishment of two world-class IM clusters in automotive and information technologies.
- Further consolidation of the foundations for development:
- Nurturing of at least 10 IM enterprises listed on the S&T Innovation Board;
- Establishment of at least 50 IM standards;
- Nurturing of 2 to 5 national-level IM public service platforms.
- Further increase of application levels:
- Push forward the “10-100-1,000” plan for IM, namely: nurturing 10 IM solution providers with an annual turnover of 1 billion RMB; nurturing 100 IM model enterprises; accelerate the transition of 1,000 enterprises to IM, achieving an increase in production of up to 50% of the current levels in key industries.
- Further deepening of cooperation across the Yangtze River Delta region:
- Push forward the “100-1,000-10,000” plan for IM, namely: establish 100 national-level IM factories; establish 1,000 mutually recognised IM factories; accelerate the transition of 10,000 to IM, driven by IM model enterprises.
To achieve these objectives, a total of six key actions will be undertaken:
- Action on industrial innovation breakthroughs: namely to achieve breakthroughs in a series of key technology equipment and core components, to master a series of IM generic technologies and software, and to expand and develop the number of solution providers for IM systems. The purpose is to make the hardware more high-end, the software more intelligent, and the integration more coordinated.
- Action on expanding IM in key industries: namely to accelerate the transition and upgrading to IM models and applications in a series of key industries, such as automotive, information technologies, commercial aviation, biopharma, high-end machinery, green chemicals, and new materials.
- Action on enhancing platforms and carriers: namely to create a suburban industrial belt across Pudong, Minhang, Jiading, Baoshan and Songjiang, and with Lingang area at the core; and to accelerate the establishment of two key centres: the Shanghai IM R&D and Upgrading Platform, and the National Robot Test and Assessment Centre (NRTAC).
- Action on regional coordinated development: namely to increase cooperation across the Yangtze River Delta region in formulating IM standards, in matching industrial chains, in establishing model factories, and in organising relevant fora and events. Enterprises will be encouraged to deepen international exchanges and cooperation, and to “go global”, through the opportunities offered by the Belt and Road Initiative. Cooperation with leading international agencies such as Germany’s Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will be deepened.
- Action on enabling new emerging technologies: namely to promote the deep integration of new emerging technologies with manufacturing, such as 5G, artificial intelligence, big data and industrial IoT: a series of demonstration spots and projects will be launched on this purpose.
- Action for cross-border integration and innovation: namely to innovate current industry-finance cooperation in IM, to provide multi-channel financing and funding for IM enterprises. Integration between IM and productive services will be deepened, particularly by encouraging IM enterprises to take advantage of the strengths of the Pilot Free Trade Zone to reach global markets and ecosystems.
In addition to more effective communication and coordination channels established amongst different government agencies, the Action Plan will rely extensively on expanded policy support: existing municipal funding programmes will be used to support the growth and development of IM enterprises and technologies. Guidelines on the establishment of IM factories will be formulated and released, together with a list of recommended IM solution providers. Finally, the municipal administration will also increase its efforts to enhance the recruitment and retainment of both domestic and overseas talents in the field of IM.