Zhangjiang zone exhibits latest innovations

Updated:2016-04-26 (China Daily USA)

Technologies and products demonstrate region's vast capabilities

The latest innovative technologies, products and development models from Shanghai's Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone are on display at the fourth China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair, which opened on Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Approved by the State Council in 2011, the Zhangjiang demonstration zone currently has 22 industrial parks across Shanghai over 531 square kilometers.


The E-Spyder developed by Yuneec Co is an electric-powered aircraft, receiving airworthiness certificate in Germany in 2013. Photos Provided to China Daily

The zone comprises more than 70,000 science and technology enterprises and more than 1,400 research and development institutes.

In addition to the new technologies, products and development models from Zhangjiang, a number of joint innovations between Zhangjiang and other regions in China are on display at the fair.

More than 30 enterprises and institutions from the industry parks under the Zhangjiang demonstration zone are present at the event.

They are exhibiting their latest technologies, products and services in advanced equipment manufacturing, new information technology, biomedicine, new materials and big data, according to the zone's officials.

Their technologies and products on show include the superconducting single photon detector developed by the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, an electric aircraft with the world's first electric power certificate for a manned aircraft, quantum communication technology, a medical big data network that connects hospitals and medical laboratory, and a capsule endoscope robot system and underwater robot.

Other leading technologies and products on display include the digital medical imaging equipment PET - CT, the new building material of cross-laminated timber, and fiber-laser marking machines for advanced manufacturing.

"These technologies and products fully demonstrate Zhangjiang's high innovative capability," said an official from the management committee of the Zhangjiang zone.

Visitors can interact with some of the entertainment products, such as virtual reality products and a split-type television.

"These products highlight the fair's theme of 'Technology Makes Life More Wonderful'," the official said.

Zhangjiang also has an exhibition area that details its globalization strategy and role in driving regional development.

The zone introduces the development of the Shanghai Zhangjiang Boston Enterprise Park, a joint program launched in February between the management committee of the Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone and the US-China Partnership Committee in Boston.

Aiding China's initiatives

Zhangjiang has responded to China's development strategies, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, Yangtze River Economic Belt and the integration plan between Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, and is exploring cross-region development mechanisms. It has established a number of cooperative industrial zones and parks in other regions in the country.

The Lanbai Science and Technology Pilot Zone in Gansu province is one of such collaborative zones. A delegation comprising of enterprises and institutions in the zone is taking part in this year's fair. Officials from Gansu province introduced the zone's new policies and investment environment.

A project matchmaking meeting between Zhangjiang and Lanbai was held during the fair, focusing on biomedicine and energy. Exchanges between the parks, enterprises and institutions from both regions will be organized.

The Zhangjiang demonstration zone is an important base for supporting Shanghai's reforms and its plan to become a global science and technology hub.