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UK-China Collaboration in Advanced Manufacturing in North-East China (Shenyang)

ritish manufacturers and other interested companies and institutions are invited to attend a special UK-China seminar on advanced manufacturing in Shenyang on 15 December, organised by CBBC with the British Embassy in Beijing, the National Development & Reform Commission and the government of Tiexi District in Shenyang.
This one-day event will look at ‘UK-China collaboration in advanced manufacturing to support the rejuvenation of North-East China’ following the approval in November 2016 of a policy to upgrade the region’s manufacturing industry under the 13th Five-Year Plan.
Senior leaders from the central NDRC and other bodies will be attending the event and leading British manufacturers and universities in China have been invited, along with select Chinese businesses. Site visits to local companies and breakout meetings with government officials will also be arranged for attendees. This is an ideal time for UK companies in this field to investigate the opportunities that will be created by the ‘Rejuvenate the North-East’ policy, and also in the wider context of the ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative, and to make influential contacts in the company of senior British representatives.
Shenyang and the rejuvenation of North-East China
Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province, is the political, economic and cultural centre of North-East China, as well as its major transport, finance and trade hub. Renowned as an industrial base focusing on equipment manufacturing, it has long been a key contributor to state-run projects and a major supplier of equipment to large new enterprises. 
Shenyang’s pillar industries include automotive and components, construction, chemicals and deep processing both for agricultural products and for steel and non-ferrous metals. Major companies in the region include Shenyang Blowers, Shenyang Machine Tools, Siasun and BMW.
The policy to rejuvenate North-East China was first announced by the State Council in 2003 but it was revived in April 2016 as growth slowed. On 1 November this year an updated policy was approved by the State Council as part of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020). The North-East therefore has a key role in the central government’s overall development strategy, and it will now seek to make the step up to become an advanced manufacturing base through collaboration with foreign partners. This UK-focused seminar is an excellent opportunity to build relationships at this important juncture.