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Key industries targeted for city upgrade

Updated : 2015-03-23

By Liu Xiangrui ( China Daily )

Authorities in Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang province, are looking to make breakthroughs in industrial restructuring by strengthening six competitive industries.

The industries are automobiles, robots, 3D printing technology, green food, aviation and power generation equipment.

To boost the city's industry upgrade, authorities plan to foster a group of projects each worth more than 1 billion yuan ($160 million), or even 5 billion yuan, in the six industries.

In the automotive industry Harbin Hafei Automobile Industry Group will take a lead role and the city plans to develop a more complete industrial chain for automakers and supporting industries.

The government will support local companies including Harbin Dong'an Automotive Engine Manufacturing Co to enter the core supporting system. More local enterprises in the city are expected to enter the second or third-tier supporting systems.

The city plans to quicken development of robots related to medical treatment, rehabilitation, rescue, manufacturing and education. To do this it will rely heavily on HIT Robot Group, a high-tech company jointly founded by Harbin Institute of Technology, the provincial government of Heilongjiang and Harbin city government.

The city will form an industrial chain in the robot industry and aims to become an important R&D base for industrial robots in China.

Harbin plans to develop a 3D printing technology industrial park in the city's high-tech zone, which will use the technological and research resources of Harbin Institute of Technology and Heilongjiang University of Science and Technology.

The city also plans to nurture its own green food brands and enhance the development of the food processing industry. It aims to push the annual revenue of its food industry to more than 100 billion yuan in the next three years.

Harbin will restructure the food industry and concentrate on a number of key projects relating to animal products, cereal and oil products and fruit-and-vegetable-based drink processing.

The city government will give further support to the Aviation Industry Corporation of China's branch in Harbin to boost its production of plateau helicopters and Y12F airplanes.

The city government encourages AVIC Harbin to turn it into an aviation industry base by introducing more production lines.

As well as enhancing the development of small gas turbines, the power equipment manufacturing sector expects to make the city a more important base for the nation's big gas turbine industry.