Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Navigating China's Industry Park Innovation Engine

August 30, 2011 | State of the Market Report

China’s landscape of industry parks is as complex as it is enormous. There are different functions served, from manufacturing to technology incubation, and with very different levels of government involvement at the central and provincial levels. We have captured, categorized, and analyzed the 1,531 provincial and national-level industry parks across the country based on location, technology capability, technology focus, and domestic and foreign content. For technology scouts, the report represents a beginner’s guide, revealing the need for a specific focus on 87 university science parks and tough decisions on how broadly efforts should focus geographically. Companies looking to establish R&D or manufacturing facilities will rapidly be able to navigate to locations where incentives and resources for growth are in place, and where centers of excellence may already exist in key emerging technology areas for biosciences, new energy, advanced materials, and electronics. Looking forward, policies are now rolling out that will only reinforce the importance of industry parks to China’s innovation capacity.

Coverage Areas

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Industry parks are expanding rapidly in number and footprint in China. A low proportion of these have strong technology capabilities, but this still represents a meaningful number and a critical mass to watch.
  • Analysis
    Industry parks are competing on costs, favorable policies, services, facilities, and financial support to attract investments and new tenants. Both high-tech companies and traditional manufacturing companies can find industry parks that fit their needs.
  • Outlook
  • Methodology

Lead Analysts

Richard Li
Research Director, China
Xavier Xie


Zhuo Zhang
Jerrold Wang
Chris Hartshorn, Ph.D.

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