Country for PR: China
Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Wednesday, August 14 2019 - 11:12
Dongguan, an innovation cluster sees tech giants coming in
DONGGUAN, China, Aug. 13, 2019 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

From 9 August to 11 August, key figures of the tech industry including Yu 
Chengdong, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group and Hu Yu, the 
Chairman-in-Office of IFLYTEK, together with 6,000 developers met in Dongguan, 
for Huawei Developers Conference 2019 to discuss on the terminal industry, the 
global application and development of 5G technology and the construction of a 
global industrial ecosystem. The conference took place in Songshan Lake, a 
high-tech area with beautiful natural scenery. The person in charge of Songshan 
Lake Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone Administrative Committee said Dongguan 
is embracing more advanced technology enterprises, talents and innovative 
carriers with its ever-growing ability of incubating innovative companies and 
superior business environment. 

Dongguan excels in commercializing scientific and technological achievements, 
with a complete industrial chain, sufficient skilled technicians and a 
relevantly low land cost which increase the efficiency of industrializing and 
commercializing research findings and therefore make companies and products 
more competitive.  

Meanwhile, incubators of Dongguan which help attract technology enterprises are 
bringing vitality and energy to the city's innovative ecosystem. Taking 
XBOTPARK, the start-up incubator focusing on robotics and smart hardware as an 
example, it has linked resources including universities, research institutes, 
enterprises, upstream and downstream supply chains etc. since its establishment 
in 2014, successfully incubating more than 90 innovative projects. Li Zexiang, 
one of the founders of XBOTPARK, said, for young people developing new 
technological products there, the iteration speed might be five to ten times 
faster than they are in Silicon Valley, or Europe, with only one fifth to one 
fourth of the cost of its counterparts. 

Quality hi-tech companies in Dongguan also exert an initiator effect on 
converging upstream and downstream companies and improving the overall 
industrial ecosystem. While Huawei set its R&D Center in Dongguan, its 
suppliers like iSoftStone and Chinasoft International Limited also founded 
their bases there. Such companies are providers of emerging technologies like 
big data and cloud computing and contributors to innovating IT services, also 
serving as an important part of the city's innovation ecosystem.

Some experts believe Huawei has driven Dongguan's development by setting its 
R&D center here. The city will function to develop, test and produce mature 
products. Dongguan and Shenzhen together will become new global tech hubs and 
play a more important role in international industrial division system. 

The great business environment of Dongguan helps attract high-end innovative 
elements. The constantly deepened business system reform has enviably 
simplified the process of company registration and approval procedure, and 
decreased operating costs. This is also an impetus for more advanced talents 
operating their innovative businesses in Dongguan, promoting the core 
competitiveness of the city.

By the end of 2018, Dongguan is home to over 5700 national hi-tech enterprises 
and 36 provincial innovative research teams. The entities occupy a key position 
in the city's innovation ecosystem and work as its fulcrum to build into a 
national innovative city. 

"Centering on innovation-driven development, Dongguan spares no efforts to 
attract investment in innovation sectors, encourage companies to strengthen R&D 
and support independent innovation, in ways to achieve high-quality economic 
growth of the city,"  said experts attending the conference.

Source: Songshan Lake Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone Administrative