Shenzhen recently published a list of exemplary robotic companies headquartered in the city, highlighting their role in aiding its drive to become an AI and robotic hub.
The list, issued in early June, comprises what the Shenzhen Bureau of Industry and Information Technology referred to as the “first batch” of major robotic firms.
The listmakers are divided into 10 categories, namely, manufacturing, commercial and community service, logistics, healthcare, senior care, construction, agriculture, education, energy and emergency response.
Together, 51 companies made the list. They include well-known players such as Han’s Robot (大族机器人), Dobot (越疆科技), Pudu Robotics (普渡机器人) and UBTech (优必选), among others.
The industries they are in accord with the 10 categories under a so-called “robot plus” action plan issued early this year by more than a dozen state organizations to promote application of robotics across a spectrum of industries.
Shenzhen authorities said they released this list to encourage local robotic companies to roll out more advanced technologies, foster adoption of robots by the public and private sectors, and promote typical use cases.
This is to “fuel the growth of the city’s robotic industry cluster,” said a notice on the website of Shenzhen Bureau of Industry and Information Technology.
The southern tech hub, home to giants such as Tencent and Huawei, has issued a raft of plans and documents to spur the development of its robotic sector, including building an industrial agglomeration from 2022 to 2025.
Elsewhere in China, other cities have also published similar lists to honor the commitment of outstanding practitioners with a background in robotics.
Shanghai, for one, acknowledged 44 robotic companies spanning seven domains in a list released on February 28 this year.