Introduction of Handan Economic and Technological Development Zone
The Handan Economic and Technological Development Zone (the Zone) is a national economic and technological development zone located in the northeast of the main urban area. Established in 2001 and upgraded to a national economic and technological development zone in 2013, the Zone covers an area of 204 square kilometers with a total population of 300,000. It has jurisdiction over 4 towns, 112 villages, and 9 residential communities. Over the past 20 years, the Zone has developed 14 national and provincial platforms, including the New Materials Industry Base under the National Torch Program, the New Materials Innovation Base under the National Strategy of Revitalizing Trade through Science and Technology, and the National Industrial Park of Modern Agriculture.
?. Location and transportation
Located in the southern part of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the northern part of the Central Plains Economic Zone, the Zone enjoys a strategic location within a multi-dimensional transportation network that includes expressways, high-speed railways, airports, national highways, and provincial highways. Notably, the north entrance of Handan on the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macao Expressway, the east entrance of Handan on the Qingdao-Lanzhou Expressway, the Handan Passenger Hub and the Urban Living Room, and the Handan Dong Railway Station of Beijing-Guangzhou High-speed Railway all contribute to the Zone's accessibility. Moreover, the Zone is only a 10-minute drive from the nearest expressway entrance and high-speed railway station, and a 15-minute drive to Handan Airport. The Zone is at the center of a two-hour economic circle connected by highways, covering four provincial capital cities (Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Jinan, and Taiyuan) and 23 surrounding cities with a total population of 150 million.
Π. Leading industries
The Zone is home to more than 25,000 market entities, including over 60 above-scale enterprises. Its industrial structure comprises five key industries, namely the high-end white goods industry, high-end equipment manufacturing industry, new energy industry, new materials industry, and modern agriculture. The Zone has successfully attracted many Fortune Global 500 companies and world-renowned enterprises, such as China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC), Xinxing Cathay International Group, China National Building Material Co., Ltd. (CNBM), Midea, Geely Group, Saint-Gobain (France), Haking (the Netherlands), and Hy-Line (the USA).
1.High-end white household appliance
The Zone is home to two major industrial parks, the Midea Handan Air Conditioning Industrial Park and the Midea Handan Intelligent Kitchen Appliance Industrial Park. These parks represent a total investment of 10 billion yuan from Midea and have annual production capacities of 8.55 million sets of air conditioners, 3 million sets of electric water heaters, and 200,000 sets of integrated stoves. the Zone has also attracted a series of core home appliance supporting projects, including those related to electronic components, steel plate processing, and injection molding. This localization of supporting industries has resulted in a large-scale production base for white goods, with Midea Air Conditioning becoming Handan's first light industrial enterprise with an output of more than 10 million yuan. As a result of these efforts, the Zone has become the largest white household appliance production base in northern China.
2.High-end equipment manufacturing industry
The Zone has established four major manufacturing bases, including an energy equipment base, a mining equipment base, an agricultural equipment base, and an environmental protection equipment base. These are represented by Xinxing Energy Equipment Co., Hebei Hongyuan Hydraulic Machinery and Technology Co., Ltd., Haking Agricultural Equipment, and Hebei Huahou Tiancheng Environmental Technology Co., Ltd.Among these companies, Xinxing Energy Equipment Co. is the world's largest production base for high-pressure storage and transportation equipment. Its series of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage and transportation equipment has broken world records and international monopolies multiple times, with its 711 long tube trailers for natural gas having the largest caliber in the world, and the technology adopted in production being unique. This company has been listed as one of the Pillars of a Great Power.
The Zone has established an industrial chain for hydrogen production, storage, transmission, and refueling, centered around the hydrogen energy equipment industrial park, which has a total investment of 2 billion yuan. The CSSC 718th Research Institute, Geely Group, China Iron & Steel Research Institute Group (CISRI), SINOMEC, Shenzhen Hyndvation Co., and Beijing Huasun Co. are leading this effort, focusing on the development of new energy demonstration, hydrogen energy technology and equipment manufacturing, as well as the application of geothermal energy, etc. The promotion of energy-saving technology, clean energy and other fields is also a priority, aimed at upgrading and scaling up the energy-saving and environmental-protection industry.
CSSC 718th Research Institute is the only national-level scientific research organization in China engaged in water electrolysis hydrogen production, and the world's largest manufacturing base for water electrolysis hydrogen production equipment. It is also China’s only research and development (R&D) and production base for composite hydrogen-removal devices for nuclear power safety. The domestic market share of water electrolysis hydrogen production exceeds 70% and becomes the world’s largest single-unit hydrogen production capacity, with its technology being used in major space missions such as Shenzhou, Chang'e and Tiangong.
Geely New Energy Commercial Vehicle Group (GCV) has invested and constructed the project "New Energy Commercial Vehicle Northern Production Base, the Full-Industry Ecological System for the Liquid Sunshine Methanol Economy, and Innovation Promotion Demonstration Operation Zone" in the Zone. This project has established a development model of Equipment Manufacturing+ Clean Energy+ Intelligent Interconnection, serving as an important engine for the green and low-carbon transformation of Handan's energy structure and industrial structure.
The Zone has established itself as a "dual-brand" with both national-level and provincial-level new materials bases and can produce five categories of products: structural ceramics, office consumables, power generation glass, special gases, and special fibers. These products are represented by companies such as Saint-Gobain (France), Hanguang OA Toner Park, China National Building Material (CNBM) CdTe Glass, Peric Technological Park, and Handan Silicon Valley New Materials Co., Ltd.
CNBM's CdTe power generation glass production line, with an annual output of 300 megawatts (MW), has the world's largest single-line production capacity. It is also the first highly integrated whole industrial chain and the first large-size CdTe glass production line with zero emissions in the world.
CSSC Hanguang, which has an annual output of 28,000 tons of toner and 80 million Organic Photoconductor (OPC) drums, has become China's largest toner production base. It has also formed an industrial pattern, namely “Zhuhai in the south and Handan in the north”, in the field of printing consumables.
The modern agriculture base in the Zone has relied on the Fudong National Industrial Park of Modern Agriculture, the first national-level modern agricultural industrial park of Hebei, to establish two agricultural clusters with vegetables and laying hens at the center, and has created an industrial chain of modern agriculture that integrates production, processing, technology, and logistics. It has also incubated several leading enterprises in agricultural industrialization, including five at the national level (Huayu, Liuhe, Chenguang, Qimei, and Wudeli) and 16 at the provincial level.
Huayu International Poultry Incubation Center is the world's largest single laying hen hatchery center, with an annual hatching capacity of 100 million maternal chicks.
The Nandabu Vegetable Market, the second largest in the peer group in China, trades 10.5 billion kilograms of vegetables (valued at around 26 billion yuan) every year and occupies a 35% share of the leafy vegetables market in Beijing and Tianjin.
The Zone has attracted foreign investors in the agricultural sector such as Soyuzsnab Group, Russia’s largest dairy product enterprise, and Preme?a Co., Serbia’s dairy product enterprise, to actively build the Belt and Road Food Industrial Park with Handan Kangnuo Food Co., Ltd. playing a major role.
Ш. Scientific and technological innovation
In scientific and technological innovation perspective, the Zone has gathered a diverse range of universities, research institutes, and scientific research stations, including Handan Institute of Innovation of Peking University, Handan Beike High-tech Co., Ltd. of Beijing Academy of Science and Technology, Hebei University of Engineering, academician workstations, and postdoctoral workstations. The Zone attracts a rich talent pool for high-quality development, with more than 50 leading entrepreneurs, over 200 talents holding doctoral degrees or higher, and a professional and technical workforce exceeding 30,000.
The enterprises in the Zone have undertaken 6 National High-tech R&D Programs of China (863 Program), 13 National Torch Programs, 11 National Key New Products, three China Spark Programs, and two National Programs for Key Science & Technology Projects.
The Zone is also home to 35 enterprise technology centers and engineering centers above the provincial level, 60 high-tech enterprises, 546 provincial-level science and technology-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), 17 provincial-level specialized and sophisticated enterprises that produce new and unique products, and 13 provincial-level Science and Technology-based Little Giant enterprises. The number of science and technology professionals and professional and technical personnel has reached 12,000, with over 580 patent applications filed and more than 60 achievements wining national, provincial, and municipal science and technology progress awards.
Ⅳ. Business environment
The Zone is committed to creating a first-class Economic and Technological Development Zone with a first-class business environment. As part of this effort, it has taken the lead in implementing the "one official seal for approval, one department for market regulation, and one team for law enforcement" system, which has been continuously improving the administrative efficiency. The Zone also actively cultivates strong government-business relationships, providing comprehensive support and protection for project construction and enterprise development.
The Zone has achieved high standards of Eight Networks (i.e., networks for roads, electricity, green, communications, tap water, natural gas, sewage water, and heat) and Ten Connections (i.e., roads, electricity, communications, heat, water supply and drainage, sewage treatment, rainwater, natural gas, the Internet, cable television network), as well as One Leveling (ground leveling). These efforts have resulted in the formation of a "core functional circle" and a "comprehensive service circle within a 15-minute distance" with a radius of 10 kilometers, continuously upgrading its capability and level of public services.For now, the Yueai New Town covers an area of 20 square kilometers and the Eastern Satellite Town covers an area of 30 square kilometers are being planned and implemented. A modern smart city is taking shape.
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