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China to expand high-end equipment sector

By Wei Tian  (China Daily)

13:27, May 08, 2012

A worker adjusts the wiring on an A320 engine at an Airbus assembly line in Tianjin. China aims to achieve sales of 6 trillion yuan ($951 billion) in the advanced equipment manufacturing sector by 2015. [Photo / Xinhua]

China is looking to triple the sales revenue of its high-end equipment manufacturing industry to 6 trillion yuan ($951 billion) by 2015, according to the sector's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) published on Monday by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Sales of high-end equipment will account for 15 percent of the overall revenue of the equipment manufacturing industry in three years, compared with 8 percent in 2010, and will also have a larger share of the global market, according to the plan on the ministry's website.

The proportion of revenue is expected to further expand to 25 percent by 2020, when high-end equipment manufacturing becomes a pillar industry of the world's second-largest economy.

In 2010, the sales income of high-end equipment in China was 1.6 trillion yuan.

The boom in the sector was attributed to China's fast-growing industrial economy, which has had the top position worldwide since 2009, according to the plan.

"China's equipment manufacturing industry is big, but not yet strong," said Ren Hongbin, chairman of Sinomach, the country's largest machinery maker.

According to Ren, China's mechanical industry, the main part of the equipment manufacturing industry, is the world's largest, having a main business income of 16.48 trillion yuan in 2011. But the country still faced a total trade deficit of more than $100 billion with Japan and Germany.

"It reflected the huge gap between China and the worlds' leading high-end equipment manufacturers," Ren was quoted by ce.cn, an economic news website, as saying.

The high-end equipment manufacturing industry was named as one of seven "strategic emerging industries" by the country's 12th Five-Year Plan.

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