The number of robot industrial parks and bases established or to be established across China is to exceed 30 with an overall planned area of 1,866.67 hectares, according to Xu Xiaolan, executive director of China Economic and Social Council and vice president of Chinese Institute of Electronics.
Xu said that Chinese localities have released supporting policies and competed to build robot industrial parks in succession after the Chinese government specified robot industry as a sector of strategic importance.
But the core technology of robot industry in China is still constrained by developed countries. Core parts and components of China's robot industry, particularly in such fields as high-accuracy speed reducer, servo-system and controller, highly depend on imports and thus severely impede the development and international competitiveness of the domestic robot industry.
To take a leading role in boosting smart manufacturing, Xu believed that it is important to enhance overall planning and adopt asymmetric development strategy by working out the development plan for the robot technology and industry, releasing development and technology roadmap for robot industry regularly, and encouraging localization of core parts, such as speed reducer, driver, controller and sensor to satisfy basic key domestic demand for robot industry.
In addition, Xu suggested insisting on demand-oriented differentiated path of development with Chinese characteristics by jointly tackling key technology over robot, core parts and components, and system integration, purchasing and re-innovating core technology with the help of the market, promoting China's industrial robot transforming from low-end to high-end by use of smart robot, and hereby lifting the level of basic industries and comprehensive competitiveness of manufacturing industry.