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High-end industries building up in Xinjiang
2017-05-15 source:Xinhua
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 In just one year a one-billion-yuan factory was built and starting production, at what Zhang Shimin calls "Xinjiang speed."

Zhang is the vice general manager of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region branch of China Railway Construction Heavy Industry (CRCHI), a track and underground engineering equipment producer headquartered in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province.

"It usually takes two years to build a factory like ours, which covers over 14 hectares with floor space of 80,000 sq meters. We were eager to explore the market in Xinjiang, so we hired extra workers," he said.

Due to its latitude, Xinjiang has more daylight hours, and the construction team worked overtime to finish the project, he said.

Construction started in June, 2015 in an industrial park in northern Urumqi, the regional capital. Less than 13 months later, the first batch of tunnel boring machines had rolled out of the factory.

"We received strong support from the local government, which has been assisting high-end manufacturers," Zhang said.

At the core of the Silk Road Economic Belt, Xinjiang is quickly building up strong industries, including chemicals, information technology, machinery manufacturing and textiles. In 2017, industrial investment is expected to hit 461 billion yuan (about 66.8 billion U.S. dollars), of which manufacturing totals 280 billion yuan, up 51 percent from last year.

"Smart manufacturing is a pillar industry. We will help companies to build their factories and lower logistics cost to expand it into a multi-billion-yuan industry," said Ma Chuneli, an official with Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone, home to many companies like CRCHI.

At CRCHI's factory, workers are assembling a 5.5-meter-tall, 230-meter-long tunnel boring machine. This piece of equipment, which costs about 50 million yuan (about 7.2 million dollars), will be used to build a water diversion project in Xinjiang.