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Old December 12th, 2011, 09:47 AM   #41
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Chengdu has ambitious plans for an old airport facility
Updated: 2011-12-09 08:12
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In a county next to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, an old aviation center has plans to turn itself into a large industrial zone with hundreds of millions of yuan in potential output value. The only question is, how to make the best use of such a large area.

"For years, the airport has contributed a lot to the economy of western China, but now we've got a more ambitious plan to build an international high-tech industrial hub, as part of China's western development plan, and take full advantage of its convenient location and modern facilities," explained Gao Zhijian, the county's Party chief.

Airport economy

Chengdu got the idea about expanding the old 5.1-square-kilometer Shuangliu Airport and logistics park in 2010. It wanted to build a much larger 38 sq km area, as one of 13 industrial zones directly under city government administration.

But, just how to do it was a tough question for Shuangliu county decision makers. After a lengthy series of discussions, they hit upon a reasonable way to manage the problem.

The group of officials contacted Netherlands Airport Consultants BV and the Chengdu Planning and Design Institute to handle the strategic research and overall planning of the project, and the job was done by the end of 2010.

Some of the planning concepts involved high-level industries, city-airport integration, establishing a traffic hub, and a garden-like environment, while making best use of available resources, including the airport, airline companies, and subways.

Once the planning problem was solved, the next issue was how to manage an international complex of this type.

So, a new company was set up in September 2010, with 500 million yuan ($78.4 million), to handle the overall design and construction work.

At the same time, some traditional industries, manufacturing in particular, were finding the Shuangliu plan attractive. In all there were 38 projects, 12 of them now in operation, involving a total of 5 billion yuan.

A second runway and cargo center were added. The existing streets and roads were well suited for logistic and other facilities and made transportation convenient.

In 2011, the zone is expected to have 3.5 billion yuan in fixed assets investment, 41.2 billion yuan in sales, and pay 1.8 billion yuan in taxes.

By the end of 2015, it hopes to increase its assets to 8.7 billion yuan, sales to 100.3 billion yuan, and taxes to 4.5 billion yuan.

Over the next five years, the Chengdu international airport complex expects to become a major traffic hub for western China, and a new force in the city's economy.
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Old December 25th, 2011, 01:23 PM   #42
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Chengdu tech park welcomes influx of firms
Updated: 2011-12-16 07:34
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CHENGDU - Philips (China) Investment Co Ltd announced plans on Thursday to invest more than 25 million euros ($32 million) in the next four years to build a plant to make light-emitting diodes in the Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone.

It was the latest in a stream of technological investment that has flown into this Southwestern Chinese city, once perhaps best known for panda bears and spicy cuisine.

"In the future, we will build a second regional headquarters and make more investments in the central and western regions," said Patrick Kung, chief executive officer of Philips Greater China.

Philips (China) Investment Co Ltd is the latest technological company to follow Intel Corp, a maker of computer chips and other components, which announced plans in August 2003 to invest $375 million to build a chip-assembly and testing plant in the Chengdu High-Tech Industrial Development Zone.

Intel continued to spend money there after its plant started production in September 2005. The same year, it announced plans to build a microprocessor-assembly and testing center and a state-of-the-art training and conference center at the site.

The expansion brought Intel's total investment in Chengdu to $525 million.

Seeing the success of that expansion, more technology companies have turned their eyes to Sichuan.

On Oct 17, Siemens AG, a giant electronic and electrical-engineering company, announced it had chosen the Chengdu high-tech zone as a base for automated manufacturing and research (R&D)and development.

When it begins operations in the first half of 2012, the base will be the third R&D center for the company's industrial automation business.

Since 2008, nearly $20 billion in foreign investment has found its way to Sichuan, surpassing the total sum of foreign investment the province had seen in the past three decades, according to Zhang Gu, chief of the Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Investment Promotion.

Most of the foreign investment has gone into the Chengdu high-tech zone.

All year round, potential investors have visited the zone to assess if they can start a business there. Because so many have shown an interest, the zone is very strict in screening investment projects and usually accepts only large proposals, according to officials with the administrative committee.

A total of 166 Fortune 500 firms from overseas have invested in Sichuan, which is more than have gone into any other province in central and western China. Fifty of them have invested in the Chengdu high-tech zone.

Chendu's appeal stems largely from its position as a center of transport, telecommunications, shipping, commerce, trade and finance in southwest China.

In 1992, the State Council designated the city as a hub for those activities.

In recent years, the city has accelerated work to build a network of railways, flights and expressways. February saw operations start for the first phase of an air cargo terminal at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, which will be the largest of its kind in central and western China.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, which will become the first with two runways in central and western China, is used by 25 million passengers a year. It has 19 direct international routes to destinations such as Amsterdam and Bangalore.

In October 2010, the US-based magazine Forbes announced which cities it believed will become the fastest-growing economies in the next 10 years.

New highways, railways and an air network connect Chengdu with different parts of China and international cities, the magazine noted.

Because of its improved transport system, Chengdu has become more attractive to international corporations, which are often eager to avoid the high land prices, high production costs and traffic jams often found in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and other coastal cities, the magazine said.

Chengdu is also one of the cities with the greatest concentration of institutions of higher learning and of scientific research institutes in the southwest of the country.

It is also home to nearly 600,000 science and technology workers. Each year, the city furnishes businesses with more than 100,000 college graduates and about 80,000 skilled workers, said Chengdu's Mayor Ge Honglin.

Since 2001, the city government has cancelled 1,059 of the requirements companies must meet to gain official approval to conduct business, or 91 percent of its requirements.

A business that submits a complete application to the city will only have to wait three and half hours to receive an approval, so long as it meets the city's requirements, said Sun Ping, Chengdu executive mayor.

Chongqing, a city bordering Sichuan province to the east, has also witnessed a sharp increase in the amount of foreign investment it attracts.

In 2000, it had attracted fewer than $300 million from overseas. By this past year, though, the figure had increased to $4 billion.

More than 180 Fortune 500 firms have invested in the city, and that number is expected to surpass 200 by the end of the year, according to Chongqing's Mayor Huang Qifan.

Like Chengdu, Chongqing has become an alternative location for multinational corporations desperate to avoid the high land and production costs found in China's coastal regions.

The influx of these companies has brought jobs and higher incomes to the people of Southwest China.

In 2010, Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world, announced plans to invest $5 billion to build a production base in Chengdu. The company alone has brought about 100,000 jobs to Sichuan.

Du Juan contributed to this story.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #43
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CSR Corp. to build new plant in Sichuan

CHENGDU, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- CSR Corp. Ltd., China's largest train manufacturer, said it signed an agreement with a local partner on Tuesday to build a new subway train assembly plant in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

Zhang Jun, vice president of CSR Corp. Ltd., said the plant, based in Sichuan's provincial capital of Chengdu, involves an investment of 980 million yuan (156 million U.S. dollars).

However, Zhang declined to disclose the stakes two of its subsidiaries and its partner, Chengdu Industry Investment Group Co. Ltd., will hold in the joint venture.

The plant, which initially plans to have an annual production capacity of 200 subway trains, will roll out its first subway train early next year, Zhang said, adding that the subway trains will be supplied to Chengdu and its surrounding cities to cash in on the boom in constructing metro lines seen in many large cities.

Chengdu is expected to have nine metro lines by 2020 with a total length of 336 km, said Bai Gang, vice mayor of Chengdu. The city currently has one subway line in operation, and is expected to open another two in the next four years.

The plant is the first project of CSR Corp. Ltd.'s Chengdu industrial base, which covers others sectors such as new energy, new materials and electric cars.

Last October, CSR Corp. Ltd. signed an agreement with the Chengdu municipal government to build its Chengdu base with an investment of 5 billion yuan.
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Xinjin Zhi Museum Designed by Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma/隈研吾.

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New Century Global Center

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State Owned China Resources/华润 Group's the Mix C Project/万象城 (Shopping Centre Chains across the country, like the Westfield in Australia and UK)

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Location: Chengdu, China
Client: China Resources Land Limited
Year Completion: 2012
Area: 324,600 sm
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Callison, a global architecture and design firm, announced the completion of the MixC (the first phase of 24 City) in Chengdu, China. This is a second completed landmark project with China Resources where Callison provided master planning, architecture, interior and EGD design services.

Located at #2 Ring Rd, which is a major ring road around the city in Chengdu, 24 City is a mixed-use development of high-end shopping centers, a Class A office tower, five-star hotel and luxury residential buildings. And the first retail phase (of the MixC and office tower) is to attract Chengdu’s burgeoning population of young, active professionals to the new 24 City.

MixC: A mall embraces the temperate climate and outdoor recreational lifestyle
Mainly comprised of retail and F&B spaces, the mall also features a supermarket, ice rink, cinema and food court all integrated within a new-concept green terrace layout. This optimized design transforms this truly unique shopping mall into Chengdu’s first “one-stop” retail center.

The project’s design concept was to produce comprehensive functionality in a compact location. The design goal for the integrated shopping center was achieved by maximizing retail space and producing natural atmosphere by combining appealing indoor and outdoor features. Since the overall architectural style emphasizes the combination of building environment and green area, visitors enjoy an inviting shopping and dining experience with views of the terraced space, enclosed plaza, and roof garden. The shopping center’s distinctive design concept defines the new story of MixC brand.

The façade design of MixC tells a story of distinct contrasts – where gentle curves meet hard edges, and where play and hustle meet relaxation and natural energy. These contrasts contribute to a dynamic environment for different shopping experiences. Inside, each court will reflect a distinct and unique personality inspired by the overall “astral concepts” theme, as well as the project identity and logo. Colors, patterns, materials and design will be orchestrated to convey the exciting and ever interesting cosmic story of the stars from Center Court to “Sunken” North Court.

Chengdu MIXC was built on what used to be the location of an airplane engine manufacturing facility, an iconic symbol of post-revolutionary China and the changes transforming the country. To preserve its history, artifacts were extracted from the site and incorporated into a museum located within the retail podium. Located on the top level, the modest space will display historical artifacts for the public to view – a very unique attribute to a shopping center.





































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Chengdu growing at breakneck speed
2012-05-28 10:26:25
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BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhuanet) -- At the heart of Sichuan Basin, an area long known as a "land of plenty", Chengdu is considered by many Chinese to be one of the most livable cities.

Today, the provincial capital of Sichuan is becoming a land of opportunity for domestic and foreign businesses.

With the number of its permanent residents surpassing 15 million, the city is the fourth largest in the country.

It is a hub in China's western regions for commerce, finance, transportation, communications, advanced technology, manufacturing, modern agriculture and logistics.

In a report released by the China National Information Center in 2010, Chengdu was called an "engine" for the nation's program to develop western regions, and it was billed as a "landmark city" for investing in inland China.

The report was based on research led by renowned Chinese economist Li Yining and Nobel laureate Robert Mundell.

Fast-growing city

Chengdu is among the fastest-growing cities in China.

In October 2010, Forbes magazine released a list of the world's fastest-growing cities, and Chengdu was one of four Chinese cities on the list.

Last year, it reported a GDP of 685.46 billion yuan, increasing 15.2 percent from the previous year and 6 percentage points higher than the national average rate.

Its foreign trade grew even faster.

The Chengdu high-tech zone is home to operations of the world's renowned tech companies including Intel, Dell, Lenovo, IBM and Nokia. Provided to China Daily

The city's total export and import volume stood at $37.91 billion in 2011, growing 53.9 percent from a year ago. Its exports increased 65.5 percent to nearly $23 billion, and imports rose 39 percent to almost $15 billion.

Its improving economic strength makes it possible for the city to substantially increase its budget for improving infrastructure.

The city's fixed-asset investment amounted to 500.6 billion yuan last year, up 19.2 percent from a year ago.

The investments were mostly used to build and upgrade industrial, agricultural and urban facilities, creating a better environment for both businesses and residents.

And Chengdu is one of the country's pioneers in implementing an urban-rural integration program, which has benefited city residents and farmers alike.

The incomes of urban and rural residents reached 23,932 yuan and 9,895 yuan, respectively, in 2011, growing 14.9 percent and 20.6 percent from the previous year.

Magnet for investors

With a constantly improving business environment, the city also received a record amount of investment from foreign businesses last year.

According to the statistics of the local government, actual overseas investment in Chengdu totaled $6.55 billion in 2011, increasing 34.9 percent from a year ago.

The new investors included 11 Fortune 500 companies, the largest number in recent years. The US-based Flextronics, AXA from France and KFW from Germany are among these newcomers.

A lot of global giants with operations in Chengdu, such as US IT company Dell and French insurance company Groupama, also increased their investments last year.

As of March 2012, a total of 212 Fortune 500 companies had set up operations in Chengdu, with their businesses covering a variety of sectors, including electronics, IT, automobiles, alternative energies, new materials, finance and commerce.

The city is becoming another global manufacturing hub for IT products. It is credited with producing half of the world's laptop computer chips and more than half of Apple's iPads.

Intel's Chengdu plant produced more than 1 billion computer chips in six years, a performance praised by the group's vice-president Robin Martin as "unprecedented" among all the Intel production facilities worldwide.

Chengdu now takes the lead in China's western regions in terms of number of overseas investors and amount of foreign investment.

To create a better environment for investment, the city's authorities are making greater efforts to improve infrastructure and services.

The latest move is the construction of the Tianfu New Area.

This 1,578 square kilometer development zone, spanning from Chengdu to its neighboring cities, was founded in May 2011.

Designed as a modern manufacturing and services hub, the new area is expected to become an engine for Chengdu's growth and offer more business opportunities to foreign and domestic investors.
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Vacancy rate of grade A offices in Chengdu has reached 37.8%!

Vacancies in Chongqing and Qingdao are also higher than 30%.

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China's first urban quake early warning system under construction

CHENGDU, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Southwest China's city of Chengdu has started constructing the country's first urban earthquake early warning system, local authorities announced Wednesday.

The system is expected to provide the public with early warning information so they can avoid danger before destructive quake waves arrive, said Wang Dun, director of the Institute of Care-Life, an organization that studies earthquakes in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.

Although there is no exact timetable for the completion of the system, it will go into operation after all related rules, technology and conditions have matured.

Early warnings will be publicized through a variety of channels, including local television stations, mobile phone messages and the Internet, Wang said.

The information will also be provided to subway and high-speed railway authorities so they can halt services in response to possible danger.

"Predicting earthquakes is still a difficult task worldwide. However, the early warning system will effectively reduce losses of life and property," Wang said.

The warning system is part of the second phase of an earthquake intensity fast-reporting project in Chengdu, a pilot program approved by China Earthquake Administration following a magnitude-8 quake that struck Wenchuan of Sichuan in 2008.

Fifty-seven quake early warning stations are scheduled to be completed within this year. Most of the facilities will be located on fault zone, said Zheng Songlin, deputy director of the seismological surveillance center under the Chengdu Earthquake Prevention and Disaster Reduction Bureau.

The system will be jointly built by the Chengdu Earthquake Prevention and Disaster Reduction Bureau, the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and the Institute of Care-Life.

Chengdu was hit hard by the 8.0-magnitude quake that devastated Wenchuan county on May 14, 2008.

With a population of 11 million, the city includes 20 districts and county-level cities, covering a total area of 12,390 square km.

Similar to systems installed in Japan and Mexico, the warning system will use radio waves, which travel more quickly than seismic waves, to detect earthquake waves before they reach urban areas.

The system will rely on an intensive network of seismological surveillance stations. After a quake is detected by the system, warnings will be issued several to dozens of seconds before shockwaves arrive, Wang said.

The Institute of Care-Life has set up an experimental early warning system in areas affected by the 2008 Wenchuan quake, as well as broadcast the country's first televised earthquake warnings in Wenchuan county on May 14 this year.

The first phase of the quake intensity fast-reporting program, consisting 67 fast-reporting stations, was completed in 2009. All the 67 fast-reporting stations will be upgraded into quake early warning stations, said Zheng.
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Philips to build LED manufacturing center in SW China

CHENGDU, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Philips (China) Investment Co., Ltd. has started construction on an LED manufacturing center in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan province, local authorities said Tuesday.

The new facility will be based in the Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone (CDHT), where a ground-breaking ceremony was held on Monday, the CDHT said in a press release.

The new base will target a vast group of potential customers in the fast-growing western region, the press release said.

It said the Dutch electronics giant reached a deal with the city government of Chengdu toward the end of last year to build its new facility there.

The new facility will optimize the allocation of production, warehousing and logistics resources, as well as control production efficiency, improve product and service quality, shorten delivery time and provide more customized products to meet the unique requirements of different consumers, the press release said.

The site is expected to start production next year, the press release said.

Philips chose Chengdu for its second regional headquarters in China last year. The company moved its headquarters from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 1996.

Chengdu, a major city in west China, will also be the venue for next year's Fortune Global Forum.

Philips specializes in manufacturing televisions and small appliances. It has also started producing medical equipment over the last decade, such as magnetic resonance scanners and lighting systems.
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Concept designs revealed of glittering office tower by Make Architects' Beijing studio

The first images have now been released of a simple but elegant new office block in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Conceptualised by the Beijing studio of Make Architects (founded by Ken Shuttleworth), Pinnacle One is an eco-friendly addition to the burgeoning business district, widely recognised as one of the primary financial hubs in China.

Partner and Lead Architect of Make’s Beijing studio, John Puttick explains: “The concept behind the design is to create a refined, streamlined building that enhances the Chengdu skyline and minimises environmental impact in an intelligent way.”

Make Architects made their name in the UK designing highly efficient buildings with an energy-conscious edge. This design ethic has been transferred across to their Beijing studio with Pinnacle One targeting LEED ND Stage 2 Gold and Chinese Green Building Evaluation Label 2-Star as part of the wider Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex.

Puttick furthers: “The building has been finely crafted to the requirements of its occupants and to improve the public realm for the city. At Make, we approach each project with a priority always given to the environment and local communities.”

To achieve these goals, the building’s high performance façade is to be constructed using 70% insulated panels with glazing positioned to provide maximum natural light in office spaces and lobbies while preventing excessive solar gain. The core has been moved to the edge of the building, enabling maximum flexibility of space and ensuring that the office areas are shaded from the hot south and west sun.

Designed for Sino-Ocean Land and Swire Properties the building is now under construction. The sleek glass and aluminium exterior is to be anchored by a corrugated stainless steel canopy 130m in length and a series of 30m-high atriums with glass roofs. Externally, an area with sunken gardens and newly-planted foliage will contribute to the existing streetscape of Chengdu.

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Swire Properties (1972) is undeterred by China's economic slowdown and remains determined to follow through with its original plan to invest 12 billion yuan (HK$14.76 billion) on expanding to more top-tier mainland cities.

At the formal opening of its 4 billion yuan INDIGO project in Beijing yesterday, chief executive Martin Cubbon said the mainland economy is "still growing," as spending at the firm's shopping malls across the border are on the rise.

"Swire will not slow down its China investment," Cubbon stressed.

Spanning 1.89 million square meters, INDIGO - a 50-50 joint venture with Beijing-based Sino-Ocean Land (3377) - comprises an 87,281 sq m shopping mall, a 55,320 sq m office tower and a 369-room business hotel.

Other mainland properties under the Swire umbrella - also commercial schemes - include Sanitun Village in Beijing, and Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou.

The Beijing metro line 14, which will stop at the INDIGO mall, is expected to be complete by 2014.

Swire also has two projects in the pipeline. They are the Daci Temple scheme in Chengdu, Sichuan province, also a joint venture with Sino-Ocean, which is expected to be completed in 2014, and the Dazhongli project in Shanghai - being developed with HKR International (0480). This is expected to be finished by 2016.

The Chengdu and Shanghai projects will cost 4 billion yuan and 8 billion yuan, respectively.

By 2016, Swire will own 1.25 million sq m of space in the mainland, accounting for one-third of the company's total portfolio, Cubbon said, adding Swire's total investments in China will reach 30 billion yuan.

INDIGO deputy general manager Clarence Lee said the five-story mall, comparable in size to Festival City in Kowloon Tong, has more than 170 shops, and is 85 percent occupied.
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Architects: Höweler + Yoon Architecture
Location: Chengdu, China
Year: 2012
Area: 20,000 sq ft
Photographs: Yihuai Hu, Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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