[photopress:zone_chengdu_1.jpg,full,alignright]Chengdu will host the first leg of the 13th International IC-China Conference & Exhibition, the largest semiconductor event in China, on the last two days of this month. This will be at the Chengdu New International Exhibition and Convention Center and it underlines the fact the city is a major electronics hub in West China.
Chengdu in Sichuan Province has a population of 10,597,000, which makes Chengdu the fifth largest city in China in terms of population, following Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and Chongqing.
(To get this into perspective there is only one city in Britain with a population over one million and that is London. And while New York has eight million odd – not as many as Chengdu but trying hard – there are only nine cities in the United States with populations over one million. By any standards Chengdu is one of the major cities of the world although many Westerners look blank when you mention its name.)
Some quick facts:
Chengdu Hi-tech Zone was initiated in 1988 and ratified as a state-ranked hi-tech industrial development zone in 1991.
With a planned area of 82 km2, the Zone consists of the south zone and west zone.
Chengdu Hi-tech Zone south zone was the major starting industrial area of the Hi-tech Zone.
Chengdu Hi-tech Zone west zone with a planned area of 35 km2. This is the international manufacturing base of the Hi-tech Zone. The park is focused on the microelectronics-oriented IT industries, pharmaceutical industries based on modernized traditional medicine and precision mechanical industries characterized with advanced technology.
Sichuan Chengdu Export Processing Zone (EPZ) was the first state-ranked EPZ in west China.
Chengdu’s Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone houses at least 30 Fortune 500 companies and 12,000 domestic companies, including China’s own Lenovo. Chip giant Intel has one of its IC assembly plants in Chengdu. Intel’s rival AMD is set to open an R&D center in this city. Other multinational tech companies with presence there include Nokia, Motorola, Microsoft, Alcatel and IBM.