The northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang has released an action plan aimed to developing its robot industry and is seeking public input, Chinese media reported recently.
Shenyang, the heartland of China’s Rust Belt and once the crown jewel of China’s heavy industry, announced that by 2025, its annual robot output will reach 15,000 units, generating revenue in excess of 20 billion yuan (US$2.74 billion).
Moreover, the city will by then boast more than 50 robotic firms with annual income of 20 million yuan and more, as well as five robot-themed industrial parks, according to the plan.
Shenyang is home to a number of well-known robotic manufacturers, the most famous among them being Siasun (新松) and HIT Robot Group (哈工大机器人集团).
Under the plan, local robotic companies are forecast to double down on their efforts in mainly four areas, namely, manufacturing, service, healthcare and education.
Shenyang is following the lead of a number of Chinese cities, most notably Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen, is rolling out incentives and policies to spur its robot sector, amid a nationwide drive to jump on the automation bandwagon.
Specifically, Shenyang is likely to promote the adoption of robots in sectors ranging from automaking to machinery, from aerospace to electronics and pharmaceuticals.
Robots are expected to play a bigger role in manufacturing processes including welding, paint spraying, material handling and palletizing.
The city also announced that it will issue cash rewards to companies that are recognized as a template for smart manufacturing and digitalization on a provincial or state level, but didn’t specify the amount and standards.