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.