Chongqing releases ‘Robot Plus’ application list to promote growth of robotics

The release of the list mirrors the city's ambitions to catch up with early-movers like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen in advanced technologies to turbo-charge its economy.

Chongqing in southwestern China yesterday released a list of robotic companies and related application scenarios that the city looks to promote in 2024, the latest in a series of moves by Chinese authorities to double down on robotics.

The list selects 10 typical scenarios where robots can make a difference.

They include automaking processes that involve robots, such as paint spraying, packaging, palletizing and final assembly.

Scenarios also span the healthcare and agricultural sectors. For instance, Bosscome (博仕康), a tech company based in Chongqing, made the list as a provider of minimally invasive spinal cord surgical robot.

Other listmakers include established firms like Fanuc’s Chongqing branch and the local affiliates of industrial robot maker Huashu Robot (华数机器人) and Aubo (遨博智能), one of the largest manufacturers of cobots in China.

According to Chongqing’s economic and information technology commission, which was behind the list, the city has endeavored to highlight use cases of robots in a wide range of areas, from industry to agriculture, and from logistics to services.

Chongqing’s move came as much of China has been gripped by a craze since early last year to embrace robotics as a substitute for repetitive human labor as well as an agent for the so-called Embodied AI.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a “Robot Plus Application Action Plan” in January 2023, in conjunction with 16 other ministries and ministry-level commissions, with the aim to accelerate the nation’s fast-evolving robotic space.

As one of China’s four municipalities, Chongqing has been growing its economy by leaps and bounds over the past few years.

The release of the list mirrors the city’s ambitions to catch up with early-movers like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen in advanced technologies to turbo-charge its economy.

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Ni Tao

Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Trip.com Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at nitao0927@gmail.com.

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