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China unveils merger targets to upgrade industry


08:12, January 23, 2013

BEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The government has set targets to increase the number of mergers in nine sectors to reshuffle China's industrial structure and enhance big enterprises' global competitiveness.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), along with 11 other authorities, said in a guideline Tuesday that the government is encouraging mergers in the automaking, steel, cement, shipbuilding, electrolytic aluminum, rare earth, electronic information, pharmacy and agricultural sector.

Zhu Hongren, MIIT chief engineer, said economies of scale play an important role in these sectors, but scattered and outdated production capacity led to redundant projects and an overcapacity problem.

The guideline says the government aims to incorporate production capacity in the coming years and upgrade industrial structures in order to increase enterprises' international competitiveness.

Zhu said China welcomes foreign capital to hold stakes in related enterprises or engage in mergers under supervision.

China aims to foster three to five large automakers with core competitiveness, and increase the concentration ratio of top ten auto makers to 90 percent by 2015, according to the guideline.

Concentration ratio, the measurement of industrial concentration, indicates the degree of market dominance in a sector by a few large enterprises.

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