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Songshan Lake: Nurturing New Strengths to Lead Economic and Social Development in Dongguan
As a Chinese saying goes, rise with accumulated strength, which perfectly describes the development trajectory of Dongguan Songshan Lake National High-tech Industrial Development Zone. Dongguan is known as World Factory with its developed processing and manufacturing industry. In 2001, Dongguan looked for transformation of its development pattern. The development concept of pursuing science and technology development, beautiful environment, and joint development of new town and industry came into being serendipitously. With high starting point and high standards, the development concept is crowned as robust engine driving future transformation and development of industries in Dongguan.
Seventeen years flies. Songshan Lake has undergone its metamorphosis from a forest of lychee trees to a region where high-rise buildings and high-tech enterprises are prevalent. What remains unchanged is its lucid water and lush mountains and what has changed is its sophisticated industry led by science and technology innovation, which goes from 0 to 1, from weak to strong. In the past 17 years, Songshan Lake, once an unknown small area of World Factory, has gradually evolved into a national high-tech zones and ranked 23rd among all the high-tech zones in the country. Songshan Lake guides Dongguan’s pursuit of industrial transformation and quality improvement, making its contributions to enable Dongguan’s GDP to jump from 57.8 billion RMB in 2001 to 758.2 billion RMB in 2017.
Looking ahead, with the wings of Guangzhou-Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Corridor and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, Songshan Lake will soar even higher. Songshan Lake will shoulder its mission in the new era, cultivate new advantages, and strive to be a testing, pioneering and demonstration area that constantly leads the economic and social development of Dongguan. (Reported by Leng Yunjun)
Building National High-tech Zone at a High Starting Point and with High Standards
Riding the wave of reform and opening-up, processing and manufacturing industry in Dongguan has accumulated remarkable industrial size and strong manufacturing ability in the 21st century. However, it still faces such problems as weak industrial competitiveness and R&D, and low profit margin, calling for shift in development pattern and advancement of structural adjustment and industrial upgrading. The visionary policymakers spared land with 72 square kilometers at the convergence of Dalingshan, Liaobu and Dalang Town and named it Songshan Lake Science and Technology Industrial Park. Soon afterwards, Songshan Lake was on the track of fast development and construction.
In 2004, the park saw the settlement of first batch of enterprises such as HEC Pharm, Shengyi Technology and Celestica (Dongguan). After more than ten years, some of these enterprises such as HEC Pharm have grown into industrial leaders. It is learned that before its settlement in Songshan Lake, HEC Pharm was a traditional enterprise specialized in aluminum products processing. HEC Pharm was optimistic about medicine industry and the prospect of Songshan Lake, so it constantly increased investment and expanded after its settlement. In 2015, HEC Pharm started the construction of its headquarters base in Songshan Lake and the enterprise entered a stage of rapid growth. Up until 2017, HEC Pharm is already a titan in medicine industry with an annual output value of 36 billion RMB.
In recent years, Songshan Lake has been committed to building modern industrial system and soliciting business and investment with a focus on high-end electronic information industry, biotechnology industry, robotics industry, new energy industry and modern service industry. Currently, the Zone has attracted more than 6,000 high-quality projects, including Huawei, China International Marine Containers, Yulong Communication, Shengyi Technology, China Electronics Corporation, Everwin Precision Technology, TP-Link Technologies, Zhengye Technology and 3SBio Inc.
In the first half of this year, Songshan Lake reached GDP of 33.015 billion RMB, a year-on-year increase of 13.9%, tax revenue of 11.401 billion RMB, a year-on-year increase of 54.86%, import and export volume of 102.766 billion RMB, a year-on-year increase of 35%, and fixed asset investment of 7.328 billion, a year-on-year increase of 43%. It is heading towards sound and steady development.
Songshan Lake will continue to cultivate new development advantages and build the testing, pioneering and demonstration area that leads the economic and social development of Dongguan. It will strive to take lead in innovation-driven development, development quality, coordinated development, talent concentration and city quality, allowing the industrial park to be among the best of national high-tech zones.
Attracting Talents from around the World to Build a Leading Talent Pool in the Greater Bay Area
As the Pearl River Delta moves towards the age of Greater Bay Area, its economic growth derives momentum from innovation instead of from resources and investment like before. Development is the top priority. Talents are the primary resources. Innovation is the driving force. Talents are the key factors for Songshan Lake to achieve concentration of more innovation resources and upgrade of its innovation. Against the backdrop of nationwide battle against winning talents, Songshan Lake also attracts more and more innovative talents to work and start business here.
According to statistics, Songshan Lake now boasts more than 80,000 talents from different fields. Among them, 19 are academicians, 34 are experts of the Thousand Talents Program, 62 are leading innovators and entrepreneurs at province and city levels, and 139 are featured talents of the city.
In 2017, Songshan Lake granted university graduates life subsidies for the newly introduced talents of 35.62 million RMB. According to the latest revised and launched policies, in 2018, Songshan Lake will extend life subsidies for the newly introduced talents and expand the coverage on the existing basis. Talents that are not newly graduated but hold master or doctor degree are also entitled to the life subsidies.
Songshan Lake will nurture and introduce a batch of high level talents from home and abroad, form “special talent zone” of Guangzhou-Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Corridor and build a talent pool with considerable influence in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and even in the country and the world at large.
Concerning services for innovative talents, the industrial park plans to adopt the service mode of government procurement and establish talent service team. It plans to build a talent building and focus on the development of three modules, namely, club of high-level talents, industrial park of human resources services and center for talents public services. The industrial park will implement comfortable housing project for talents and accelerate the launch of housing project for high-level talents.
Converging Innovation Factors from Home and Abroad
Consolidating the Foundation of Guangzhou-Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Corridor
Songshan Lake emerges as a shiny pearl in the new map of an interconnected and integrated Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. Its industries integrate closely resulting from its geographical advantages such as being adjacent to Shenzhen and Hong Kong, near the Pearl River Delta, situated at the main channel in Asia Pacific region and the center of the golden development axis formed by Guangzhou, Dongguan Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the center of Guangzhou-Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Corridor, and the triangle of Shenzhen-Dongguan-Huizhou integration. Moreover, Songshan Lake has an area of 8 square kilometers of fresh water resources, 42 kilometers of lake shore line and 14 square kilometers of ecological green land. With these advantages, Songshan Lake enjoys picturesque view and favorable weather all year round.
There is a saying to the effect that phoenix will flock to somewhere with lush parasol trees. With favorable geographical advantages and ecological environment, Songshan Lake is the paradise that various sophisticated projects, high-tech enterprises and science and research institutes look for. In April 2005, Guangdong Electronic Industry Institute jointly built by Dongguan and Institute of Computing Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences was settled in Songshan Lake, which represents the first new type of research institution in the industrial park. In the past ten years and more, Guangdong Electronic Industry Institute has evolved from an R&D institution to a relatively complete results transfer chain featuring R&D base, incubator, accelerator and industrial park. It has grown from a team with 20 staff members to a technology team with more than 600 members and an industrialization team with more than 1,000 members. It now owns 887 service qualifications and has provided services for over 10,000 enterprises.
Along with the policy of mass entrepreneurship and innovation, Songshan Lake keeps pace with the times. Starting from 2015, it has established generous rewards and associated policies for project services and hosts Songshan Lake Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition by pooling innovation resources inside and outside the country. The competition held last year reached countries such as the US, Germany and Russia. Many high-quality innovation project resources from home and abroad participated in Songshan Lake industry match-making and cooperation.
In April last year, Dongguan divided the towns, districts and industrial parks into six areas. The Songshan Lake Area with Songshan Lake at the center covers Chashan, Liaobu, Dalang, Dalingshan, Shilong and Shipai. In last December, Guangdong Province released and printed the Planning on Guangzhou-Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Corridor, in which Songshan Lake is incorporated as one of the ten core innovation platforms of the province and is expected to make contributions to the construction of “Chinese Silicon”. Not long ago, Songshan Lake area was blessed with a new round of benefits. On August 23, the Spallation Neutron Source project, by far the country’s largest scientific apparatus, was accepted by the country and put into operation. The project can drive the development of multiple disciplines such as physics, chemistry, life science, materials science, nanotechnology, medicine, national defense and development of new type of nuclear energy. Before China Spallation Neutron Source was built, there were only three spallation neutron source facilities in the word, located in the US, Japan and UK respectively.
Chen Hesheng, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and chief commander of China Spallation Neutron Source, expressed that the project will surely push forward the construction and development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and form the important engine for the country’s innovation and development. The settlement of the project in Songshan Lake area changes the fact that southern China has zero major national scientific apparatus and the power of science innovation released by the project will be immense. According to statistics, apart from Spallation Neutron Source, Songshan Lake has also nurtured 253 national high-tech enterprises and boasts the largest number of high-tech enterprises in the city. It is now home to 29 new type of research institutions and 40 incubators (8 of them are of national level). It also owns 26 provincial innovation and research teams and 15 innovation and research teams at city level.
Proceeding at a higher starting point, the cluster effects of innovation factors feature more prominently. Songshan Lake has more solid foundation for building Guangzhou-Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Corridor and science innovation-driven industry grows even faster, injecting stronger impetus for Dongguan’s economic and social transformation and development.
Industrial Giants Gather at Songshan Lake
Big data is undoubtedly the most populous industry that garners most attention. On September 2, the 2018 Win in Dongguan Global Big Data Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition cohosted by SF Express was held in Songshan Lake. At the award ceremony held later that day, it was announced that Guangdong Shucheng Science and Technology Co., Ltd. will be settled in Songshan Lake. Shucheng Science and Technology is a super big data joint venture invested by SF Express and eight other listed or quasi-listed companies. The competition was hosted by these nine enterprises that hold shares in the joint venture. The competition was also a carrier for the super big data company to recruit core teams. The award ceremony also witnessed the signing of agreement between the super big data company and the two winning teams, Keyun Information and DataBeyond.
It is said that the stakeholders of the super big data company are all giants, including SF, East Top, Feima International, China South City, China Brilliant, Prolto, Tempus, Eternal Asia and YH Global. An investment of 100 million RMB is planned to be poured in to build a supply chain big data platform with certain influence at home and Wang Wei will serve as the first Chairman of the company.
According to Wang Wei, the data of the nine enterprises and the abundant application scenarios and rich supply chain operation experience of the stakeholders will be leveraged to build an innovative smart supply chain. The supply chain will serve the real economy and enhances the competitiveness of domestic enterprises in the international supply chain.
In recent years, more and more industrial leaders choose to settle in Songshan Lake. In March 2017, the project of Lens Technology (Dongguan) Co., Ltd was started. The project has a total investment of 5 billion RMB and a total construction area of about 500,000 square meters. The expected annual sales revenue of the project is 7.86 billion RMB after it is constructed. The joining of Lens Technology has injected fresh blood into the development of high-end electronic information industry in Songshan Lake.
In November 2017, 3SBio Inc., the country’s leading biomedicine enterprise, invested 2 billion RMB to increase its investment and expand production. It expanded from 80 mu to 120 mu and comprehensively upgraded its original Songshan Lake base to the south Chin headquarters of 3SBio Inc. In June 2018, the newly invested R&D center of Huaqin Telecom was put into operation. Huaqin Telecom is a world-leading mobile phone ODM. This year also saw the debut of Xiliubeipo Village, which was built by Huawei with an investment of tens of billions. Encouraged by these leading enterprises, more high-quality enterprises will settle in Songshan Lake in the future.
Striving to Take Lead in the Greater Bay Area
Artificial Intelligence industry
Currently, the new generation of artificial intelligence is growing robustly around the world, generating new momentum for economic and social development, and changing the way people work and live in a profound way. China is dedicated to achieving high-quality development, while the development and application of artificial intelligence will forcefully improve intelligence level of economic and social development. Songshan Lake started its exploration in robotics industry many years ago. It has introduced leading talents in the industry, a team led by Li Zexiang, professor of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In 2014, Songshan Lake Xbot Park was founded. On September 6, Xbot Park was entitled to expansion with an extra area of 65,564.87 square meters and a construction area of more than 110,000 square meters. The expanded project is expected to be put into operation in 2020. With this spring board, the development of artificial intelligence industry in Songshan Lake gets an edge.
Li Zexiang is a prominent figure in the robotics sector. As professor of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Li Zexiang is known for Dà-Jiāng Innovations he invested and incubated. Later on, he keeps supporting his students in starting high-tech enterprises and he has blazed a unique incubation path.
In 2014, Li Zexiang participated in the launch of Songshan Lake Xbot Park. In the last three years, the park has converged more than 300 robotics enterprises. Recently, the expansion project of Songshan Lake Xbot Park was started. The park plans to build five functional areas featuring comprehensive area (including conference center, library, display room), R&D incubation area, Guangdong-Hong Kong Robotics Institute, International Robotics Research Institute and creativity area. The project will be dedicated to the technology R&D and business incubation in the field of robotics and smart hardware.
Li Zexiang predicted that in the next following years, the Xbot Park will give birth to a batch of world-class technology enterprises and become a cluster of robotics industry with global influence, taking the robotics industry in Songshan Lake to the world.
Integrating into the Greater Bay Area at an Accelerating Rate
Recently, the 2018 Dongguan-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Conference was held in Hong Kong. The conference saw the signing of 39 Dongguan-Hong Konng cooperation projects with an investment of about 35 billion RMB. Three projects are from Songshan Lake, including Songshan Lake Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Youths Culture and Creativity Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Songshan Lake Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Youths Cultural Exchanges Services Center and the project of new energy power lithium-ion battery package.
Among the three signed projects settled in Songshan Lake, two are platform projects and one is industry project. Dongguan Sanyu Culture Development Co., Ltd. and Hong Kong Youths Self-Help Service Platform jointly built Songshan Lake Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Youths Culture and Creativity Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. The center will introduce Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Youths entrepreneurship projects, offer dedicated favorable policies, establish external exchanges platform, conduct innovation and entrepreneurship activities and build resources sharing platform.
Songshan Lake BroadTeck Creativity Service Center and Hong Kong Power Youth Association worked together to establish Songshan Lake Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Youths Cultural Exchanges Services Center. The center will capitalize on the whole industrial chain platform of BroadTeck Creativity Service Center and the talent advantage of Hong Kong Power Youth Association, and utilize the platform of BroadTeck Creativity Service Center to carry out work in such areas as youth exchanges, visit, internship, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as enterprises match-making. The center is committed to enhancing exchanges, converging resources, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship and providing driving force for youth innovation and entrepreneurship and integration into the development of the Greater Bay Area.
The project of new energy power lithium-ion battery package was invested by Hong Kong Amperex Technology. The project mainly deals with the R&D, production and sales of power lithium-ion battery, storage battery and some 3C battery products.
Forty years on since the reform and opening up, Dongguan-Hong Kong cooperation has become a role model of intercity cooperation. Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area will advance industry cooperation and closer city integration. Songshan Lake, as an innovation engine of Dongguan, pioneered in the practice of aligning Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area by means of industry cooperation, such as Xbot Park founded by the team led by Li Zexiang, Anytime Animation Studio and BroadTeck Creativity. There are various ways of cooperation, such as tapping into the overseas resources of Hong Kong, introducing high-level talents from Hong Kong to start business in Dongguan, and attracting sophisticated enterprises of Hong Kong to settle in Dongguan.
In the future, Songshan Lake will further integrate into the construction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area with an open mind, beautiful environment, favorable geographical location and innovation conditions, striving to yield more fruitful results from Dongguan-Hong Kong cooperation.