Industry dynamics of January 2023

Updated: Jan 31,2023 10:44 AM

 1.The output of industrial robots in Shanghai accounted for 1/5 of China last year, and the density of industrial robots is expected to increase again in the next three years


Since the second half of last year, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economic and Informationization, together with other nine authorities, including Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission, conducted several rounds of joint selection of excellent intelligent robot enterprises and typical application scenarios based on the metrics of technological advancement, scenario fit, application maturity and social and economic benefits, and finally created the first batch of benchmarking enterprises and typical scenario shortlists, involving 41 enterprise brands and 52 application scenarios.


The shortlist covers seven categories of scenarios, of which 87% are industrial, healthcare and public service scenarios. The remaining four categories of scenarios include construction services, agricultural services, household services, and special emergencies. Many benchmarking enterprises have begun to take shape in scale operation.


The outstanding performance of robot enterprises benefits from the long-term leading scale and technical strength of Shanghai’s robotics industry for years. It is reported that Shanghai’s industrial robots, as an important support for intelligent manufacturing, withstood the pressure of COVID-19 last year, with an annual output of more than 75,000 units, an increase of 6% year-on-year, ranking first in Chinese cities, accounting for 20% of the national total. At present, the "four families" of international robotics, namely ABB, Fanuc, Yaskawa and Kuka, have been deployed in Shanghai and have been put into production continuously. Meanwhile, local robotics brands such as STEP, Jaka and Siasun are also catching up. In the field of service robots, there is a blowout trend. Last year, many first applications were realized in the fields of medical treatment, construction and commerce. During the Great Shanghai Defense, CloudMinds, Sage, Keenon and other enterprises supported the unmanned services of several shelters, showing the hard work of their own brands.


In fact, Shanghai is the first city in China to include robot density in statistics. In the second quarter of 2022, Shanghai released the Robot Density Index for the first time. The density of robots in enterprise above designated size reached 260 units/10, 000 people, which is more than twice the average of robot density in the world. In key industries such as automobiles and high-end equipment, the density of robots was as high as 383 units/10, 000 people. In the next three years, Shanghai plans to build a total of 20 municipal benchmark intelligent factories and 200 municipal intelligent factories, thus driving the application of industrial robots to increase by 20,000 units. By 2025, the density of industrial robots per 10,000 people is expected to increase by another 100 units, which will significantly improve the digitalization level of Shanghai's manufacturing industry.


2.China Urban Digital Economy Development Report released the Digital Economy Competitiveness Index, and Shanghai ranked among Top 3


At "China Urban Digital Economy Forum 2022" hosted by Shanghai General Station of China Central Radio and Television Station, "China Urban Digital Economy Development Report 2022" was released, which is the third consecutive year that the report has been released.


The quantitative analysis of the digital economy competitiveness of 52 key cities in China shows that the overall level of digital economy competitiveness of eastern cities is relatively high. Among Top 15 cities in the Digital Economy Competitiveness Index, the eastern region has 12 seats, the central region has 1 seat and the western region has 2 seats. Among them, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen rank among Top 3, and rank first among the six sub-indexes respectively. Meanwhile, the development path of digital economy in each city has its own characteristics. Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and other comprehensive leading cities, with strong innovation capabilities in digital technology and talents, are building a highland for the development of digital economy with global influence. Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing and other characteristic pioneering cities have strong competitive advantages in subdivision and become the backbone of China's digital economy development. Most cities in China, such as Ulanqab, Nanning and other potential cities, rely on resource endowments and location advantages to develop characteristic industries and promote the rapid development of local economy.


3.In 2022, China’s GDP reached RMB121 trillion, demonstrating the strong resilience and vigorous vitality of the Chinese economy


In 2022, China's total economic output exceeded RMB120 trillion, reaching RMB121 trillion, and leapt to a new level after continuously exceeding RMB100 trillion and RMB110 trillion in 2020 and 2021. At the average annual exchange rate, RMB120 trillion is equivalent to about US$18 trillion, ranking second in the world. From the per capita perspective, China's per capita GDP reached RMB85,698 in 2022, an actual increase of 3% over the previous year. At the annual average exchange rate, it equaled to US$12,741, which remained above US$12,000 for two consecutive years.


In 2022, China's GDP increased by 3%, which represented a faster growth rate than major international economies. Moreover, the employment situation remained generally stable, with 12.06 million new jobs in cities and towns throughout the year, exceeding the expected target of 11 million people. With the sharp rise in global food and energy prices and the pressure of imported inflation, the price situation remained stable, and CPI rose by 2% throughout the year. The balance of payments continued to improve, with the surplus of import and export of goods expanding by 35.4% over the previous year. At the end of the year, the balance of foreign exchange reserves reached US$3.1277 trillion, ranking first in the world.