Yiyuan Economic Development Zone

Yiyuan Economic Development Zone is the provincial Economic Development Zone set up by the approval of Shandong Provincial Government in 2006. There are two main industry sectors within this zone. The first focuses primarily on pharmaceutical & healthcare products and the second on new materials that will support businesses considering energy-saving materials and thermal insulation and high polymer materials.

By the end of 2015, the Yiyuan Economic Development Zone was hone to 266 businesses, 6 post-doctoral enterprises for research and development, 5 academic laboratories, 32 new technology enterprises and 4 other listed companies. These businesses generated RMB 37.2 billion Yuan of the total industrial output value, RMB 34.1 billion Yuan of sales revenues and RMB 6.9 billion Yuan of profits and taxes.

Gaoqing Economic Development Zone

Established in December 2002, Gaoqing Economic Development Zone remains under construction with some 16.47 square kilometres of a total planned area of 53 square kilometres currently completed.

The Economic Development Zone accrued some RMB 23.573 billion Yuan of industrial value and RMB 1.21 billion Yuan of tax revenues in 2015.

The Zone focuses on developing and sustaining four major industries: health and bio-pharmaceuticals, new energy and advanced equipment manufacturing, high-end textile and garment production and new materials for the fluorine-silicone sector.

At present, 106 enterprises have invested in the Gaoqing Economic Development Zone.

Huantai Economic Development Zone

The Huantai Economic Development Zone covers an area of 137 square kilometres and was set up in 1992. In 2015, the industrial businesses in this Economic Development Zone realised RMB 120 billion Yuan of sales revenue, RMB 17 billion Yuan of fixed-asset investment, RMB 2.5 billion Yuan of the income tax and US$960 Million of total foreign trade value.

Three major industrial clusters have based themselves here; chemical engineering, high-end manufacturing and modern logistics. By the end of 2015, the Zone comprised 1 listed company, 5 OTC companies and 58 international businesses including Kohler from the U.S.A. and Refratechnik from Germany all supporting steady economic growth and other social benefits.


Linzi Economic Development Zone

Linzi Economic Development Zone is the provincial Economic Development Zone established after approval from the Shandong Provincial Government in 1992 and comprising 20 square kilometres of the planned space. The Economic Development Zone achieved the RMB 58.351 billion Yuan of gross industrial output value, RMB 56.543 billion Yuan of sales revenues and RMB 919 Million Yuan of profits and taxes in 2015.

Linzi Economic Development Zone is planned to have five major functional areas: the north comprehensive zone, the central basic industry zone, the central machinery processing zone, the south logistics and storage zone and the south comprehensive service zone. Industries to the fore within this zone include: the steel industry and with a focus on mining; - metallurgy, equipment manufacturing, warehouse logistics, high-end new technologies and chemical engineering.


Zhoucun Economic Development Zone

Zhoucun Economic Development Zone is a 35.76 square Kimlometre provincial economic development zone that was established in 1992 following the approval of Government of Shandong Province. At present, the zone hosts 619 enterprises, 2 post-doctoral scientific research and development bodies, 3 academician laboratories, 2 national enterprise technical centres, 10 provincial engineering and technological research centres and 3 provincial enterprise technical centres. In 2015, the development zone realised RMB 54.834 billion Yuan of total industrial output value, RMB 53.603 billion Yuan of sales revenue and RMB 5.341 billion Yuan of profits and taxes.

Zhoucun Economic Development Zone majors in advanced processing and manufacturing of textiles, clothing, and new environmentally friendly materials.

Bucher Group (Switzerland), Citizen Group (Japan), IBG Group (Germany) and Tianhong (Hong Kong) are three of several international companies who have successfully established foreign-owned enterprises in the zone; Wal-Mart of America, BASF of Germany and other world Fortune 500 enterprises have established friendly trade cooperation relationships with business in the zone.

Boshan Economic Development Zone

Founded in 1992, Boshan Economic Development Zone has an area under administration of 68.29 square kilometres. In recent years, the development zone has focused on accelerating the development of three leading industries including electromechanical industry, the pump industry and new materials. It has also planned three further sectors planned that will support clusters in the sectors mentioned.

The zone hosts more than 2600 businesses including 7 publicly listed companies and 12 OTC enterprises , 6 academician laboratories, 78 new high-tech businesses, 23 research and development organizations and 13 well-known Chinese brands.

In 2015, the development zone realised RMB 48.7 billion Yuan of total industrial output value, RMB 43.2 billion Yuan of sales revenue and RMB 5.6 billion Yuan of profits and taxes.

Zichuan Economic Development Zone

Zichuan Economic Development Zone is a provincial economic development zone established in 1992 of 53.61 square kilometres.

In 2015, the development zone realised RMB 158.99 billion Yuan of total industrial output value, RMB 153.46 billion Yuan of sales revenue and RMB 17.99 billion Yuan of profits and taxes.

At present, the zone is home to more than 800 businesses, 2 universities, and has introduced 5 Fortune 500 businesses, 6 post-doctoral scientific research organisations, 28 provincial research and development centres, 2 national research and development centres, 2 publicly listed companies and 10 OTC enterprises. Industries in focus include clusters for high-end equipment manufacturing, new energy, new materials and new medicine.


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One of the most attractive areas in the UK currently for inward investment is the Sheffield/Nottingham corridor where you will find Markham Vale business park and the Markham Vale Enterprise Zone - 200 acres of prime business and distribution park strategically located in the heart of the UK’s motorway network.

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Durham, UK - THE NEXT phase in ambitious plans to attract more high-tech, fast growing companies to one of the country’s leading science parks gets underway today. Local dignitaries and business leaders will be among those at a special ground breaking ceremony at the North East Technology Park (NETPark) in Sedgefield, County Durham, for the new £7.4m ‘Explorer’ development – being built by Interserve, the international support services and construction group.

Business Durham, which manages NETPark on behalf of Durham County Council, received £3.2m investment from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund towards the cost of the two new ‘Explorer’ buildings, which will create additional space for research and development companies who need room to prototype and scale up to manufacture on site.

One of Explorer’s first tenants will be Ibex Innovations, which started with a virtual office at NETPark and is now at the forefront of x-ray imaging technology with 17 employees. The firm’s technology is being used in industries such as medical, food and industrial imaging. Dr Neil Loxley, Chief Executive at IBEX, said: “NETPark has proven to be a great environment for a technology start-up such as IBEX, providing high quality facilities that have been well-matched to our changing needs at different points in our growth. However, it is the quality of support and the friendly can-do attitude of NETPark staff that really sets NETPark apart from other business parks. We are really looking forward to our move into one of the new Explorer units, which will provide us with the space and facilities to accommodate our next stage of development."

The first tenants are expected to move into Explorer as soon as the buildings are complete early next year. NETPark’s dynamic and supportive environment will help accelerate their growth and tap into global markets.

Councillor Simon Henig, Durham County Council leader, said: “It’s exciting to see the first stage of this expansion going ahead and is another example of our commitment to creating a bright and prosperous future for the businesses and people of this county. We are striving to shine the spotlight on Durham as a county that provides a uniquely innovative and supportive atmosphere for investors and as a vibrant place to live, work, invest, study and visit, which we hope will attract further investment here. We look forward to seeing the growth of those companies that will be based in the ‘Explorer’ buildings in the future.”

Simon Goon, managing director of Business Durham, said: “This exciting next phase in NETPark’s expansion will open up possibilities for growing companies wanting more space, be they existing businesses on the park or companies who want a presence here. Many of NETPark’s existing companies have expressed a desire to expand on the park as they know it’s a great place to grow and get the right support to reach global markets. We’ve also had interest from companies outside of the region.”

Hans Moller, innovation director at the North East LEP, said: “NETPark’s expansion with the creation of ‘Explorer’ shows that science parks have a key role to play in the region – not only are they the go to place for people and companies with great ideas and ambition, but they play a key role in creating more and better jobs for our workforce. I look forward to seeing Explorer’s tenants flourishing and to more science parks being developed in the North East with NETPark as a fantastic role model.”

The project has received funding from the North East LEP as part of the North East Growth Deal from the Government. The Local Growth Fund is a key element of the funding, and supports major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport across the North East LEP area.

NETPark is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies and the development forms part of the 10-year strategy for NETPark, which includes creating 3,000 jobs and adding another £400m to the region’s GVA.

It is already home to Durham University’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, two of the Government’s Catapult centres – the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence and High Value Manufacturing, and four national technology centres: Printable Electronics, Formulation, Graphene Applications and Healthcare Photonics, all managed by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).

Melbourne, Australia - The Australian economic outlook is a little brighter following the latest Commercial Property Index survey released by National Australia Bank. It showed that confidence in the Australian commercial property sector is at its highest level ever on the back of a boom in hotels and strong returns from city office towers. The index has risen five points to 21, its highest level since the survey began in early 2010.

The bank's chief economist, Alan Oster, said the surge in sentiment was due to big gains in CBD hotels and small gains in the office sector. He commented, "While we continue to see an uneven performance across sectors, the performance of CBD hotels has more than offset the lower sentiment that we're seeing in both retail and industrial markets.

Survey respondents have very strong expectations for growth in hotel occupancy, as well as capital gains and increases in revenue per available room, a standard industry metric.

In its others findings, the survey found office property is expected to provide the best income returns over the next one or two years, led by very strong growth in New South Wales. Retail and industrial rents are predicted to grow modestly in all states except Western Australia. Respondents expect vacancy in the office and industrial markets to fall over the next one to two years and rise in the retail sector.


Sunderland , U.K. - The next stage in bringing the £91.9 million International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMPto Sunderland and South Tyneside has started with the submission of plans for infrastructure work around the nationally significant site.

The IAMP Area Action Plan (AAP) was submitted by the two local authorities to the Secretary of State on Monday 6 February. The AAP will allocate the site for the development of an International Advanced Manufacturing Park and establish the planning policies against which the planning proposals for the IAMP will be assessed.

The AAP, which will be valid for 15 years, has been submitted by the councils following consultations with local people held in 2015 and 2016. It will now be examined in public and it is hoped the hearing sessions will be held in the early spring. In order to proceed and remove the necessary land from the Greenbelt, the plans must be found to be ‘sound’ by the Government Planning Inspectorate.

The AAP is the next major step towards turning the IAMP into a reality. It includes the policy framework to deliver the comprehensive development of the site, from new buildings to accommodate suppliers, to roads, drainage and a small retail area for local shops.

Subject to approval of the plans, work on the site can begin later next year.



Sunderland City Council leader, Councillor Paul Watson, said: “It is a huge achievement for Sunderland and South Tyneside to get to this stage.

“This is a massively important project for the region, with the IAMP predicted to create 5,200 jobs and bring in more than £300m of private sector investment over the next ten years. The submission of the AAP is the first step in turning these exciting plans into a reality.”

Leader of South Tyneside Council, Councillor Iain Malcolm, said: “It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this stage. We are hopeful the authorities will look favourably on our plans, and we will be able to press ahead with what is a fantastic, ambitious proposal for the IAMP.

“This will really secure South Tyneside and Sunderland’s place on the automotive and advanced manufacturing map.”

IAMP, close to Nissan, the A19 and A184, is a 'nationally significant infrastructure project' covering 100 hectares - equivalent to 140 football pitches - for automotive, advanced manufacturing and other hi-tech businesses expanding or relocating to the North East. It is close to the region’s automotive hub and its supply chain businesses.

Proposals for the new business park include 260,000 square metres of business space on the 100-hectare site.

The project has secured £42 million in Government funding through the Local Growth Fund, which will help contribute towards the infrastructure works outlined in the AAP. More than £300 million of private sector investment is also expected to be pumped into the site over the next decade.

First put forward in 2014, the IAMP is a key part of the Sunderland City Deal in partnership with Sunderland and South Tyneside and has the support of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillor Paul Watson added: “With the industries, high quality jobs and investment the IAMP will attract, it will be a game-changer for our current and future workforce. The IAMP is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform not only the Sunderland and South Tyneside economies, but the economic health of the North East region.”


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