Shanghai action plan charts paths to higher robot density by 2025

Data shows that in 2022, Shanghai's industrial robot density was 260 units per 10,000 employees. This means that the city needs to raise the ratio by 100 units per 10,000 individuals in three years.

Shanghai manufacturers with an annual revenue of 20 million yuan (US$2.81 million) and above will have an average industrial robot density of 360 units per 10,000 employees by 2025, says a key official document released recently.

Shanghai yesterday published a three-year action plan (2023-2025) aimed a promoting high-quality development of its manufacturing industry.

The plan states that the city is to implement a so-called “metamorphosis” initiative, whereby it will make efforts to spur digitalization, construct smart factories, deepen industrial internet application, develop blockchain and Web3.0, among other targets.

For instance, by 2025, more than 80% of Shanghai manufacturers with 20 million yuan or more in annual revenue will have completed a digital transition, says the plan.

Data shows that in 2022, Shanghai’s industrial robot density was 260 units per 10,000 employees. This means that the city needs to raise the ratio by 100 units per 10,000 individuals in three years.

“With a focus on digital transition, Shanghai will execute the action plan to empower through industry and leverage the chance to build exemplary factory and industrial internet platforms,” deputy mayor Li Zheng told a press conference on June 15.

He added that the goal is to enable manufacturers to empower themselves through digitalization and speed up their transition.

To accelerate an industrial upgrade, Shanghai will push through the “metamorphosis” initiative in three areas.

It will hasten digitalization of traditional manufacturers, by pushing them to adopt more robotics and embrace equipment connectivity.

Besides, the city has set a goal to add 20 benchmark smart factories, 200 demonstrative smart factories and no fewer than 20,000 industrial robots.

To reflect its fixation on industrial internet, Shanghai will construct 30 benchmark platforms of industrial internet, nurture about three cross-segment industrial internet platforms and 40 leading companies capable of empowering businesses throughout the industry chain.

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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, 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

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