Shandong maps out path to US$1.4b in drone industry output by 2025

It's customary for Chinese officials to craft policies and plans in which they put forward clear-cut objectives to meet within a timeframe.

The UAV industry in eastern China’s Shandong Province is to have an annual output exceeding 10 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion) by 2025, a key official blueprint says.

Authorities in eastern China’s Shandong Province recently published an action plan concerning the development of its UAV industry and began to seek public input, Chinese media reported.

The document, released on the website of Department of Industry and Information Technology of Shandong, indicates that the province shall nurture 10 leading UAV firms with an annual income of over 100 million yuan by the end of 2025.

Additionally, the document also sets the goal to incubate around 100 innovative and specialized drone startups between 2023 and 2025.

It’s customary for Chinese officials to craft policies and plans in which they put forward clear-cut objectives to meet within a timeframe.

According to the document, Shandong has a solid foundation in drone technology. Nonetheless, the province is still at the early stage of growing this sector, with huge room for improvement in the scale of the segment as well as innovative capabilities.

Beijing to the west, Sichuan further west and Shenzhen in the country’s south are often hailed as three UAV hubs.

They are home to a large number of drone tech companies, some of them world-famous, such as DJI (大疆科技), XAG (极飞科技), JOUAV (纵横股份) and Flightwin (航景创新).

Shandong has been playing catch-up to establish a thriving UAV industry of its own.

The city of Binzhou, in particular, has announced an ambition to build a drone cluster in eastern China, with influences extending all the way to northeastern China or southward to southeastern China.

To attain these goals, localities like Binzhou plan to build drone-themed industrial parks and take measures to facilitate industrial application.

The action plan urges local authorities to support initiatives to expand the use cases of drones, to include meteorological survey, aerial sightseeing and drone lightshow or performance, to name but a few.

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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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