China unveils three-year manufacturing plan

01 December 2017

The Chinese government has unveiled a three-year programme to develop manufacturing capabilities across strategic sectors – including elements of the defence industry – through putting additional emphasis on the integration of Industry 4.0 technologies.

The 2018–2020 plan, released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on 28 November, is intended to accelerate the development of industrial sectors including shipbuilding, robots and automation systems, offshore/marine technologies, electronics, railways, chemicals, vehicle manufacturing, textiles, and metal processing.

According to plan, the government aims to accelerate capability development and competitiveness by promoting and incentivising these industrial sectors to integrate technologies and concepts related to data analytics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and machine learning.

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