China’s Jiangsu accelerates digital transformation – Xinhua

Workers manufacture chips for export at an electronics company in Sihong, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Feb. 23, 2022. (Photo by Xu Changliang/Xinhua)

NANJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — In such a booming season for home appliance sales, machines are working at full capacity in the workshop of Gree Tosot Home Appliances Company Limited in Suqian city, La Jiangsu province (eastern China).

The automated robot arms work in a fast and orderly fashion to put components and parts into place with almost no human intervention, thanks to its “brain” – an intelligent manufacturing control center.

“The machines in our workshop are connected to the central power system, which has the ability to give orders for the smooth operation of the entire production process,” said an official from Gree Tosot, noting that the center of control plays a key role in the workshop, which can monitor the real-time operation of machines and manage the planning of resources like raw materials.

Gree Tosot has increased production efficiency by nearly 50% and reduced energy consumption per product by 18.39%, since implementing a smarter, digital production line. The defective product rate also fell from 2.03% to 0.87%.

Suqian has built 32 factories as Gree Tosot, a provincial-level smart manufacturing model workshop. The city released a plan in February to advance the smart transformation and digitalization of its industries, aiming to complete the transformation of 700 major industrial enterprises.

Gree Tosot is just one example of the broader digital trend in China’s industrial economy. The scale of the country’s digital economy grew from 11 trillion yuan (about $1.61 trillion) to 45.5 trillion yuan between 2012 and 2021, with its share in gross domestic product increasing from 21.6 percent at 39.8%.

As China’s industrial hub, Jiangsu saw its manufacturing value-added output exceed four trillion yuan last year, accounting for 35.8 percent of its GDP. The province also boasted a digital economy capacity of over 5 trillion yuan in 2021.

Late last year, Jiangsu launched a three-year plan to accomplish intelligent transformation and digitalization of some 50,000 large industrial enterprises, with about 22,000 enterprises taking action in the first half of this year.

Enterprises in various fields in China have embarked on this wave of transformation. Since its establishment in 1999, Bosch Automotive Products Suzhou Co., Ltd. has become one of the largest wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bosch Group, one of the world’s leading providers of automotive technology and services. Today, it enjoys worldwide fame as a “flagship factory”, and has two provincial-level intelligent manufacturing model workshops.

Based in Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, Micro Intelligence Technology Co., Ltd. has provided solutions and services to hundreds of enterprises to accelerate intelligent transformation, thanks to its technological advantages in artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing. “Our solutions help companies reduce response time from fault detection to resolution by 40% and increase production efficiency by 10%,” said Pan Hongsheng, Director of Ecology of Micro Intelligence. .

Traditional industry is also becoming more energy efficient when supported by smart manufacturing. “We increased our production by 8% in the first seven months year-on-year, while energy consumption fell,” said Wang Jiazhi, electrical director of Jiangsu Yanghe Brewery Joint-Stock Co. ., Ltd., a famous liquor brand in China. . Wang added that Yanghe had built 738 energy efficiency monitoring spots under the guidance of State Grid Suqian Power Supply Company, which also offered them energy efficiency assessment and solution based on intelligent transformation and scanning.

A series of policies have been rolled out in Jiangsu to encourage industrial enterprises to accelerate transformation.

“We have improved infrastructure and provided free diagnosis and loan interest to enterprises to support their intelligent transformation and digitalization,” said Sun Shulong, an official with the department of industry and information technology at Suqian, noting that the city had built 1,442 5G base stations in the first half of 2022, 96% of its annual target.

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