Text by Zhang Shifu Photographs by Wan Quan
Guizhou’s industry cannot develop exceptionally fast without prerequisite growth of its equipment manufacturing in terms of design, R&D, and production, particularly in seven specific sectors, including aircrafts, automobiles, and related components and parts. Over the past few years, the equipment manufacturing industry has made remarkable contributions to invigorating the province’s economy, intensifying its industrial chain, and improving residents’ well-being.
Equipment manufacturing, dubbed the “mother of industry” for its high relevancy to every industrial sector, is believed to be the key starting place for upgrading industry and technical progress as well as a concentrated reflection of a nation’s overall strength. During the 1960s and 1970s, the prelude to Guizhou’s modern industry began taking shape with the establishment of three production centers for aviation, aerospace, and electronics development.
Today, Guizhou has established a base for major equipment manufacturing projects of national importance, which has invigorated neighboring industrial clusters and upstream suppliers while boosting other services, such as transportation, finance, and imports and exports.
Guizhou takes pride in an excellent scorecard in equipment manufacturing. For example, Guizhou Aerospace Industrial Park, also known as Base 061, was China’s only representative to showcase its energy-saving products during the 2009 Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference. In 2010, Guizhou Aerospace Group displayed its newly-developed Eagle advanced training airplane and Hawk unmanned plane at the 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition.
Over the last few years, Guizhou has experienced a transition from military to civilian products, from heavy-industry to refining, and from specific to diversified. A goal set for 2015 aims to bring total output value of equipment manufacturing past 100 billion yuan through average annual increases of more than 23 percent, and accumulated investment of over 30 billion yuan. These expectations are based on the latest statistics from the provincial government, revealing that in 2011, Guizhou’s 362 enterprises above a designated size turned out 47.783 billion yuan in total industrial output value, a year-to-year increase of 22 percent, leading the country by 6.5 percentage points.