By Xinyi Li, EDITOR
By April 1, China (Chongqing) Pilot Free Trade Zone (abbreviated as CFTZ below) made an official establishment for two years.
The high-quality development of the Xiyong area of the CFTZ allows Shapingba District to base itself on the fundamental advantages of location, resources, and development in the new inland pattern for opening-up. Through optimizing and upgrading the opening-up elements such as the channels, ports, platforms, entities, and environment as well as accelerating the construction, this district has become a pioneer of Chongqing’s opening-up in inland China.
From the past year, the global laptop market was in a tough time. However, the output value of the laptops of Xiyong, which accounted for a quarter of the global production, rose by 17.36% in the first two months this year. In Chongqing Xiyong Comprehensive Bonded Zone, the employee attendance rate of some processing trade enterprises exceeded 90% even during the Chinese New Year.
Situated at Chongqing Xiyong Micro-electronics Industrial Park, the ICC Chongqing, with its featured products being laptops, is a factory of Inventec, a famous original equipment manufacturer (OEM). OEMs make products mainly for large brands with their product structure, production line, and process management adjusted according to specific demands.
To go with the Big Data Intelligence trend in recent years, Inventec is accelerating its factory upgrading. After the intelligent transformation, the workshop achieved mixed-line and flexible production of different types of machines, configurations, packaging and personalized products, greatly improving the production efficiency. In 2018, the output of the ICC Chongqing achieved an increase of 16.6%.
Besides Inventec, original equipment manufacturers like Quanta Computer and Foxconn also carry out intelligent upgrading, achieving the remarkable effect. Despite the sluggish global markets for laptops, Chongqing Xiyong Micro-electronics Industrial Park has contributed a lot to the stable productivity in Chongqing.
In 2018, the total value of the city’s foreign trade reached RMB 522.2 billion, increasing by 15.9% year on year, which marked the second time when its foreign trade value exceeding RMB 500 billion after 2014. According to statistics from Chongqing Customs District P.R.CHINA, in the first two months this year, the total import and export value of Chongqing was RMB 83.9 billion, with a YOY increase of 17.4%, marking a “good start”.
The total value of the Chongqing’s foreign trade rebounded rapidly in 2018 and achieved a “good start” in this year. Accounting for 94.7% of the total value of Chongqing, Chongqing Xiyong Comprehensive Bonded Zone has made a great contribution to the city with its processing trade value continuing growing rapidly.
Located at Shapingba District, Chongqing Xiyong Comprehensive Bonded Zone trades with partners worldwide in high-tech products including computers, smartphones, smart audios, wearable devices, and integrated circuits. In the first two months of this year, its import and export value reached RMB 27.8 billion, increasing by 11.2%.
Actually, the main business form of all the four bonded zones in Chongqing (including Chongqing Lianglu-Cuntan Free Trade Port Area, Chongqing Xiyong Comprehensive Bonded Zone, Chongqing Jiangjin Comprehensive Bonded Zone, and Chongqing Fuling Comprehensive Bonded Zone) is processing trade. According to statistics from Chongqing Municipal Commission of Commerce, the processing trade value of these bonded zones accounts for 94.7% of the city’s total.
Sokon Group, a private enterprise in Shapingba District stood out over the past year. As an uprising star in the automobile industry, it has made a figure in the field of new energy vehicles and has been selected as one of the Top 500 Enterprises of China. The company has kept changing with the pace of the inland opening-up, even setting up factories in foreign countries.
The establishment of the PT. Sokonindo Automobile is an important strategy for Sokon Group. Statistics show that Indonesia sold more than 1 million cars in 2017, making it the largest automobile market in ASEAN for four consecutive years. However, with a population of 250 million, there are only about 80 cars per 1,000 people in Indonesia, thus leaving a large development space.
Therefore, Sokon Group set up the subsidiary PT. Sokonindo Automobile in Serang City of Indonesia in 2014, so as to produce and sell automobiles locally.
Covering an area of 20 hectares, PT. Sokonindo Automobile is a modern factory with high levels of automation, quality, and management, which officially went into production at the end of November 2017. This company will surely exert an important influence on the pattern of the local automobile market. According to the introduction, Japanese cars are now in a monopoly position in Indonesia, accounting for about 90% of the local market share. However, with Chinese brands such as Sokon Group and Wuling Motors who boast more advantages in cost performance entering Indonesia, many local consumers would like to choose them.
PT. Sokonindo Automobile said that 300 customers booked GLORY 580 on the day of its launch.
Source: Shapingba Official Hall