Huizhou to build two industrial clusters each with an output value of 1 trillion yuan in 8-10 years

Liu Ji confirms Huizhou’s ambitious plan to build “2+1” industrial clusters

(America Commercial News) The Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area pointed out the significance of building several world-class industrial clusters within the region. What exactly is Huizhou’s plan to achieve such a goal, given the fact that it is an important energy base in the Greater Bay Area and a national electronic information industrial base? On the morning of January 16, 2020, the third session of the 13th Guangdong People’s Congress held a Greater Bay Area-themed press conference, where Mr. Liu Ji, a deputy to the Guangdong People’s Congress and Mayor of Huizhou, confirmed that Huizhou would create two advanced manufacturing clusters, namely petrochemical energy & new materials and electronic information, each with an output value of 1 trillion yuan, in the next 8 to 10 years. In addition, Huizhou will continue to grow its health care industry, thus forming a “2+1” industrial clusters and helping accelerate the construction of a modern industrial system with international competitiveness within the Greater Bay Area.

Huizhou attracted the settlement of two large-scale petrochemical projects last year.

Liu Ji, Mayor of Huizhou and Deputy to the Provincial People’s Congress

According to Mr. Liu Ji, “it is a sensible decision for Huizhou to identify ‘2+1’ industrial clusters as its future development direction”. Huizhou has a well-developed petrochemical industry, and Daya Bay Petrochemical Zone has the largest refining-chemical integration capacity in China. CNOOC, Shell and other leading enterprises from home and abroad have settled in Huizhou, and now the city has a refining capacity of 22 million tons and 2.2 million tons of ethylene production each year, with the petrochemical output value reaching 156.244 billion yuan in 2019. Huizhou has been blessed with a superior port resource, with Daya Bay being the only port with the berthing capacity of 300,000 tons within the Greater Bay Area, which is an essential prerequisite for the construction of a large-scale petrochemical base.

Huizhou attracted the settlement of two large-scale petrochemical projects last year, namely ExxonMobil ethylene project (with the investment volume of 10 billion USD) and CNOOC-Shell Phase-3 ethylene project (with the investment volume of 7 billion USD); and when these two projects are operational, Daya Bay Petrochemical Zone will become a world-class petrochemical base in terms of its production scale.

In addition, Huizhou has thermal power, hydropower, nuclear power, wind power, geothermal energy, solar energy and other energy sources, and the city is a major clean energy base in Guangdong. Many key construction projects, including Taipingling Nuclear Power Phase-1 2×1.2 million kw project and two scientific devices by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Accelerator-driven metamorphosis research device CIADS, strong-flow heavy ion accelerator research device HIAF), as well as a provincial-level energy lab, are well underway; and the construction for Huidong Port 1-million kilowatt offshore wind power plant and Huidong 4 million tons of LNG receiving station will begin this year. By leveraging its rich energy resources and innovation strength, Huizhou now plans to transform the Renping Peninsula into an energy technology island and an innovation source of energy sector within the Greater Bay Area.

Huizhou is now accelerating its effort in building Huidong New Materials Industrial Park, with the preferential industries covering synthetic materials, engineering plastics and bio-based materials, so as to form a linkage effect with the Daya Bay Petrochemical Zone. In the near future, Daya Bay Petrochemical Zone, Renping Peninsula Energy Technology Island and Huidong New Materials Industrial Park will join hand in creating a world-class petrochemical energy & new materials industrial cluster.

There are 6 electronic information enterprises in Huizhou each with an output value exceeding 10 billion yuan

Huizhou also has a thriving electronic information industry. As a national electronic information industrial base, Huizhou now has a total of 5 preferential industries, namely smart terminal, flat panel display, automotive electronics, LED, new energy batteries, with the entire output value exceeding 320 billion yuan last year and ranking third in the entire province for 5 years in a row.

Located within the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao Science and Technology Innovation Corridor, Huizhou is a complementary partner of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan and has its clear industrial chain division, which is vital to cut operational cost and enhance competitive edge. Huizhou accommodates a batch of leading enterprises, such as TCL, Desay and Biel Optics. There are 6 electronic information enterprises in Huizhou each with an output value exceeding 10 billion yuan. Many key projects, including TCL integrated intelligent manufacturing industry base (with a total investment of 12.9 billion yuan and a projected output value of 88.8 billion yuan each year), Huicong Hui Bay New Generation Information Technology Industry Port (with a total investment of 15 billion yuan and a projected output value of 75 billion yuan) and EveBattery High-end Lithium Batteries (with a total investment of 3 billion yuan and a projected output value of 6 billion yuan), are well underway, offering firm support to the healthy development of electronic information industry in Huizhou.

Liu Ji pointed out that, by seizing the rare development opportunity created by China’s new initiatives to boost the development of next generation information technology and the commercial use of 5G, Huizhou will speed up the development of a series of provincial-level industrial parks, including 5G+ Industrial Internet Demonstration Park, Ultra HD Video Industry Park and Big Data Comprehensive Pilot Zone, facilitate the high-end development of electronic information industry, and join hand with Shenzhen, Dongguan and other cities in forming a world-class advanced manufacturing industrial cluster.

Huizhou plans to build a high-end health care industrial cluster featuring the integration of medicine, elderly care and tourism.

The life and health industry is known as the “5th wave of wealth” in the world after the IT industry. According to the Healthy China Outline Plan, in 2030, China’s large health industry scale is expected to reach 16 trillion yuan; in other words, life and health industry has an enormous development potential.

Huizhou has its unique advantages in developing the health care industry. Firstly, it has an excellent ecological environment, encompassing mountains, sea, lakes, islands, rivers, forests, waterfalls and hot springs. The city has a rich herbal medicine resource, with the number of medicinal plant species accounting for one fifth of the total in China. Secondly, Huizhou has a long TCM history. The prescriptions by Ge Hong, a medical scientist in ancient China, have prevailed in Huizhou for over 1000 years, and many locally produced TCM products, such as Luofu Mountian Grass Oil, are popular selling items in the world. Thirdly, Huizhou has a solid industrial foundation. There are a large number of Chinese medicine pharmaceutical companies, as well as many hot springs and famous scenic spots.

According to Liu Ji, by embracing a convergence concept, featuring ecology, lifestyle and health, Huizhou will increase its effort to develop TCM, elderly care and ecological tourism, thus forming a high-end health care industrial cluster that highlights health care, medicine, elderly care and tourism.

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