Changzhou, a city in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, began construction of a state-level industrial robot industry test center on June 13, the first of its kind in the country.
Officials from Jiangsu attended a ceremony marking the kick-off of the construction work.
Previously, China’s national market supervisor had sanctioned the bid to choose a site for the facility, called National Smart Industrial Robot Industry Measurement and Test Center, in Changzhou, a city traditionally known for its new energy and textile industries.
When completed, the center will handle the test of industrial robots and related key parts as well as their precision calibration.
It aims to provide robotic businesses with calibration and measurement services throughout the industrial chain.
Changzhou has been chosen as the home of the facility — the size of which remains unknown — thanks to its rapidly expanding robotic sector.
Currently, the city’s smart industrial robot and related industrial chain have hit a market value of more than 20 billion yuan (US$2.8 billion), roughly two-thirds of the province’s total.