Ningbo, Zhejiang builds a “city of robots”, lays out the whole industry chain and attracts “fusion”
“This robot is independently developed and manufactured by our company.” Wang Shaogan, a senior executive of Ningbo Welderskeller Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd., added that, except for the reducer, all other software and hardware are downright “Ningbo” manufacture”.
In the intelligent “screen-swiping” manufacturing world, when “machine substitution” is gradually becoming a trend, Robots have become common in many enterprises in Ningbo, Zhejiang. And with the continuous release of the “spillover effect” of talents and policies in the field of intelligent robots, Ningbo is gradually breaking out of the siege where core technologies are monopolized by the international community to form the competitiveness of independent research and development of intelligent equipment.
According to Tang Yijun, Deputy Secretary of the Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Acting Mayor, at present, the intelligent economy represented by the R&D and manufacturing of robots is booming. As China’s advanced manufacturing base, Ningbo has a good foundation and broad space for developing an intelligent economy and applying intelligent equipment. Ningbo should take the development of intelligent economy as the main engine of Ningbo’s economy in the future, actively build a demonstration area for intelligent economy development, continuously optimize policy services and factor guarantee systems, and strive to cultivate new kinetic energy for innovation, transformation and development.
“Machine substitution” gave birth to the Robot Industry
Ningbo knocks on the door of the era of “intelligent manufacturing”
In the past, many traditional industries in Ningbo relied on “human sea tactics” and ate “demographic dividends”. However, under the pressure of fading demographic dividends and soaring manufacturing costs, “machine substitutions” have quietly arrived.
In the workshop of Ningbo Ford Relay Co., Ltd., accompanied by the roar of the machine, several sets of large-scale machinery and equipment are running at high speed, and occasionally workers are interspersed to debug the machine. Since 2011, the company has invested more than 7 million yuan every year to replace labor with intelligent equipment. At present, the company has opened more than 50 automatic production lines, and the annual production capacity has increased by more than 20%.
In Ningbo’s fertile manufacturing soil, shots like “Ford Relay” can be seen everywhere. More and more manufacturing enterprises are gradually getting out of the growth predicament by relying on “machine substitution” and moving towards intelligent manufacturing upgrade.
It is understood that in recent years, Ningbo has vigorously carried out special actions such as machine replacement and technological transformation, focusing on labor-intensive and characteristic block economic industries such as electronic assembly, home appliance manufacturing, stationery manufacturing, mechanical processing, and textiles and clothing, a total of 414 “machine replacement.” The completion and acceptance of the “People” technical transformation project was completed.
With the continuous release of the technological dividends brought by Ningbo’s “machine substitution”, Ningbo’s robot manufacturing industry has also emerged, making the manufacturing field change from “using” robots to “producing” robots.
Pointing to the world’s first automatic eye-to-eye stitching system for sweaters successfully developed in the new product showroom, Sun Pingfan, chairman of Ningbo Cixing Co., Ltd., said, “This system can increase the stitching efficiency by 300% and save half of labor.” Before the huge business opportunity of large-scale “machine substitution” in the industry, Cixing obtained a new growth pole with this product.
In the surging wave of transformation in Ningbo, Cixing, which is keen on robot manufacturing, is not alone. A group of robot companies such as Taisho, Moco, and Water Maison are doing the same thing—accelerating the R&D and manufacturing of “locally produced” Industrial robot products, and the intelligent equipment industry is the main direction of Ningbo’s robot industry.
According to incomplete statistics, there are currently more than 100 enterprises in Ningbo engaged in robot design, research and development, parts manufacturing and integration, and application services.motorapplication software, system integration R & D and production capacity, a number of “Yongzihao” intelligent robot enterprises are blooming everywhere.
Not only satisfied with the “staking” in the local field, through mergers and reorganizations, some manufacturing enterprises in Ningbo have extended the tentacles of the robot industry layout overseas, and “siege the city” in the international market.
In early May of this year, Ningbo Joyson Electronics Co., Ltd. acquired the American EVANA Industrial Robot Company for US$20 million.At present, Joyson Electronics has been able to provide Industrial Robot integration andautomationsolutions, and obtained orders from world-renowned companies such as BorgWarner, Suspa, and TRW in China.
Undoubtedly, the robotics industry is creating ripples in a pool of spring water made in Ningbo. Chen Bingrong, director of Ningbo Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology, said that at present, the intelligent manufacturing mode with digitalization, networking and intelligence as the core features is becoming an important direction of industrial development and transformation. Ningbo has a huge traditional manufacturing base, and with the help of robots as a representative The intelligent equipment will boost the upgrade of Ningbo’s traditional manufacturing to intelligent manufacturing.
The picture shows the scene of the third China Robot Summit held in Yuyao, Ningbo.Photo by Li Jiayun
Low-end repetition looms behind high heat
Ningbo builds a talent highland to activate the energy of “intelligent manufacturing”
Although surrounded by capital and the market, the robot manufacturing industry is on the rise, but behind the prosperity of the industry there are also low-end repeated “industrial traps”.
Ding Han, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and director of the State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, expressed concern about this situation. He believes that with the rapid rise of the robot industry in China, many companies are rushing towards the robot market, resulting in a surplus of low-end and mid-end products and a shortage of technology for mid-to-high-end products.
Like the rest of the country, for a long time, the core technology has suffered from international monopoly and lack of innovation stamina is the biggest weakness of Ningbo robot R&D and production enterprises. The shortage of high-end professionals has also weakened the vitality of Ningbo robot industry.
Today, this phenomenon is slowly changing.
Talents selected into Ningbo’s “Pan 3315 Plan” will be given a subsidy of 500,000 yuan per person; major projects led by newly introduced top talents at home and abroad will be given a maximum of 100 million yuan of project subsidy… The “full gold” talent introduction policy makes the Ningbo is becoming a “magnetic field” that attracts high-end talents and high-tech, releasing a steady stream of power in Ningbo’s intelligent economic development ecosystem.
Among the talent “Assembly Numbers” actively trumpeting in Ningbo, Gan Middle School’s “Intelligent Manufacturing Industry Research Institute”, Sun Yunquan’s “Zhichang Robot”, Chen Yanzhi’s “Pulida”… These are the national “Thousand Talents Program” in the manufacturing field. Experts began to be active in the public’s attention, and led the team to break the international monopoly, and the “family” of Ningbo’s intelligent robot industry became more and more abundant.
Three years ago, the team of Chen Yanzhi, an expert in the national “Thousand Talents Program”, settled in Ningbo, and they provide intelligent solutions for manufacturing enterprises.automation equipment. Today, the robots they developed and assembled have won the favor of major companies such as Midea, Inventec, Scud, and Apple, with a steady stream of orders.
Formerly one of the four major robot families, the global chief scientist of the Swiss ABB automation field, is now the first batch of specially-appointed experts in the national “Thousand Talents Program” Gan Middle School, and also leads the Ningbo Intelligent Manufacturing Industry Research Institute to settle in Yuyao. It is understood that the research institute has a total investment of 300 million yuan, and is committed to the research, development and promotion of robot brand-name products, Made in China 2025 and Industry 4.0 integration technology, and next-generation internet communication technology. The core support platform for the development of intelligent manufacturing in Ningbo.
In addition to the “overweight” of overseas high-end talents, Ningbo’s gradually fertile intelligent manufacturing soil has also incubated a group of “localized” robot industry talents, refreshing the public’s awareness of Ningbo’s manufacturing.
Xia Xuefeng, general manager of Ningbo Leben Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd., wearing work clothes and burying his head in front of the machine lathe, said that the company specializes in customizing non-standardized machines, taking the route of high-end customers, and customizing industrial robots for market segments and differentiated needs. Miniaturized and miniaturized production to meet the market’s individual needs for industrial robots. Although the company has only 18 employees, it can achieve an output value of about 16 million a year and become a leader in the industry.
The booming production scene of “Leben Smart” is a true portrayal of the localization of Ningbo Moupian smart equipment. It is understood that there are more than 100 Ningbo enterprises engaged in the R&D, design, manufacturing and sales of the robot industry, which has become a highlight of the transformation and upgrading of enterprises in Ningbo.
From the “magnetism” of returning overseas talents to the rise of localized talents, from breaking international monopoly to independent research and development… In this “competition” in the robot industry, Ningbo actively attracts and retains talents to add “horsepower” to the entry of enterprises. An intelligent economy with intelligent robots as the entry point and breakthrough is rising in Ningbo.
“Intelligent Manufacturing” draws a blueprint for the future
The whole industry chain welcomes the “fusion effect”
In the laboratory of the Robot Academy, the robots that are still in their infancy are trying to wave their arms; while walking out of the laboratory, among the booths of the robot exhibition and trading market, they are quietly “refreshing” millions of orders. ; Walking slowly in the robot industry theme park, the intelligent tourism route integrating cultural experience and technological sightseeing is amazing…
Perhaps in the near future, relying on the major robot functional areas, Ningbo will usher in the intelligent “fusion effect” of the “whole industry chain”, and realize the goal of cluster development of the robot industry.
As a traditional “manufacturing town”, Ningbo Yuyao is actively planning the “smart upgrade” of the equipment manufacturing industry. Today, the “robot town” in Yuyao has begun to take shape. It is planned to invest 5 billion yuan in three years. It will set up characteristic blocks such as a robot exhibition and trading center, a robot industry manufacturing base, and a robot specialty supermarket to create a robot core component manufacturing. An intelligent whole industry chain focusing on integration and application.
At the same time, Yuyao is also actively strengthening Ningbo Intelligent Manufacturing Industry Research Institute, promoting the upgrade of “Ningbo Intelligent Manufacturing” through the integration of production, education and research. Gan Middle School, director of Ningbo Intelligent Manufacturing Industry Research Institute and a national expert, said that since the institute settled in Yuyao for half a year, 7 of the robots independently developed by his team are national iconic robots. “Once it is put into production, the market potential is huge.”
In addition, Ningbo Yuyao will also build a robot exhibition and trading market, and plans to cooperate with well-known domestic universities to jointly create China’s first robotics college based on innovative genes, focusing on controllers, reducers, robot bodies, and system integration applications. , and then promote the formation of the Yangtze River Delta intelligent economic ecosystem with “Hangzhou-Ningbo” as the core.
“Yuyao has a good foundation for the robot industry, and the government attaches great importance to supporting the development of the robot industry. These are important foundations for Yuyao to become the first model and demonstration of the development of intelligent economy.” Gan Middle School is full of confidence in the development prospects of Yuyao’s intelligent economy.
In addition to Robotic industrial parks like Yuyao emerging, industrial parks that are catching up with the intelligent economy express in all parts of Ningbo are no longer “three or two peach blossoms outside the bamboo”, but “the garden is full of spring.”
For example, the Advanced Equipment Industrial Park in Cixi High-tech Zone, Hangzhou Bay Intelligent Equipment Industrial Park, Ningbo Economic and Technological Development Zone Intelligent Equipment R&D Park, and Ningbo Xiangbao Cooperation Zone Robot Industrial Park are also emerging, accumulating joint efforts for development.
Each park and each industrial chain not only gather together geographically, but also form multiple interactions in the industrial chain. Through careful “layout” and planning to build an industrial “cornucopia”, the development of Ningbo’s robot industry is now giving birth to a “multiplication effect”.
Based on the fertile soil for the development of intelligent equipment in Ningbo, in June this year, China Robot Summit, the largest and most influential robotics event in China, was permanently settled in Yuyao, Ningbo, and 8 projects were signed during the opening ceremony, with a contract value exceeding RMB 20 billion Yuan, providing strong support for Ningbo to seize the opportunity to “nugget” the intelligent economy.
Xia Baolong, Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee, said that Ningbo has a responsibility and responsibility to develop an intelligent economy. This is based on the general development trend at home and abroad, the sound foundation of Ningbo’s manufacturing industry development, and the urgent need for future transformation and upgrading. It is hoped that Ningbo will continue to promote economic transformation and upgrading, set a benchmark for the development of intelligent economy in Zhejiang Province, and be a good example.
With the “intelligent change” of the workshop, the “quantitative change” of talents, and the “butterfly change” of the park, with the gradual demonstration of the “fusion effect” in the entire industrial chain of Ningbo robots, Ningbo, a traditional manufacturing area, has shown the vitality of “old trees sprouting new shoots”. A grand picture of “City of Robots” is slowly unfolding in Ningbo. (Finish)
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