Zhuhai National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone
The Zhuhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone is one of the first national hi-tech zones approved by the State Council in 1992. Covering about 360 sqkm (140 sq miles), it comprises a Main Park in Tangjiawan Town (northern Zhuhai); Nanping (Xiangzhou), Sanzao (Jinwan), Xinqing (Doumen), and Fushan (Doumen) Science & Technology parks; and Aviation (Jinwan) and Hengqin Hi-Tech & Sci-Tech R&D industrial parks.
The Main Park of 139 sqkm (54 sq miles) borders Zhongshan to the north, and faces Hong Kong and Shenzhen across the sea to the east. It is a major portal in Zhuhai having a convenient transportation network with the Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway, Guangdong West Coast Expressway, and Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity MRT passing through the area.
Currently, the park is developing three 10-billion-yuan ($1.54-billion) industrial clusters related to software and integrated circuits, bio-pharmaceutical and medical devices, and intelligent manufacturing and robotics. In addition, it is introducing and cultivating new-materials, new-energy, and high-end printing equipment industries.
The Hi-Tech Zone is vitalized with faculty and researchers from Sun Yat-sen University, Beijing Normal University, Beijing Institute of Technology, and Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College.
Southern Software Park [Photo courtesy Zhuhai National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone]
The zone has 11 incubators such as the national-level Southern Software Park and Tsinghua Science Park, six provincial new-type R&D institutions, which include the Tsinghua Innovation Center, and a group of innovation platforms such as the Southern Marine Science & Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai).
In 2020, the regional Gross Domestic Product of the zone increased 6.7 percent year-on-year to 26.81 billion yuan ($4.14 billion). Local output value and added value of industrial enterprises above designated size was 33.14 billion yuan ($5.12 billion) and 9.98 billion yuan ($1.54 billion) respectively. Fix-asset investment rose by 17.9 percent year-on-year to 24.98 yuan ($3.86 billion).
A sampling of the many firms settled in the zone includes:
Switzerland-based ABB Group
Orbita Aerospace Science & Technology
Zhuhai Rossini Watch Industry
Zhuhai Yunzhou Intelligence Technology