The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) published the Guide for the Development of Key Industrial Generic Technologies (“Guide”) on 30 October 2017. The Guide was formulated for the further implementation of the “Made in China 2025” initiative and the research and development of key generic technologies in different industries.

Intelligent technologies have been a focus in all the five main industries covered by the Guide. For example, in the raw material industry, there are big data based technologies for the quality control of steel products, key technologies for the intelligent manufacturing of customised steel, and 3D printing of metals. In the equipment manufacturing industry, there are technologies for intelligent and connected cars. In the electronic information and communication industry, there are technologies for flexible display, virtual reality, intelligent voice and industrial internet platforms.

In the following years, it is likely that the development of the technologies identified in the Guide will enjoy more encouraging policies and support from the government.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the Guide.