RTM - China Races to Automate While Learning to Innovate

China’s seemingly endless supply of cheap labor made it the factory for the world in past decades. Today, as the country seeks to remake itself, from a maker of products created elsewhere to an innovator in its own right, the government is pushing its manufacturing industry in a new direction: automation. Through a series of three- and ten-year plans, China plans to invest across nine key industrial segments in a bid to make itself a technological force on par with Japan and Germany by mid-century. Central to that plan is the transformation of its legions of factories through robotics— while moving from being a major robotics market to being a key supplier of advanced robotics technology.

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Volume 61, Issue 2, March-April 2018
Perspectives - News and Analysis from the Global Innovation Scene