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Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industry Development Area
China Knowledge Press, June 2011, Pages: 25
Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industry Development Area (Tianjin BHIDA) rated “AA” by China Knowledge in a research report on China’s industrial real estate published today. The area was one of the China’s first state-level high-tech industrial parks. It was approved by the State Council in March 1991 and has an area of 97.96 sq km.
Tianjin BHIDA consists of Huayuan Industrial Park, Binhai High-tech Area, Nankai Science and Technology Park, Wuqing Development Zone, Beichen Science and Technology Industrial Park and Tanggu Marine Science and Technology Industrial Park. Huayuan Industrial Park and Binhai High-Tech Area form the core of Tianjin BHIDA.
Huayuan Industrial Park is located 10 km southwest of downtown Tianjin and has an area of 11.58 sq km. Binhai High-tech Area is situated 20 km southeast of downtown Tianjin, near Tianjin Port and Tianjin Binhai International Airport, and has an area of 30.5 sq km.
The BHIDA enjoys rapid economic growth. Its main economic indicators have been increasing at an average of over 30% for over ten consecutive years. In 2010, Tianjin BHIDA’s GDP reached RMB 66.7 billion. The revenue of companies in the zone was RMB 301.7 billion.
The BHIDA’s pillar industries are software and information technology, green energy, advanced manufacturing and biopharmaceuticals. Major investors include Siemens, Toyota, Samsung, Microsoft, Sanyo and NEC.
It also has strong research and innovation capabilities. Three national research bases are located within the park: the National Chemical and Physical Energy Industrial Park, first National Intellectual Property Pilot Park and the National Software Exporting Base.
Tianjin BHIDA is the first National Pilot Park of Intellectual Property Rights. The number of patents applied for by the enterprises in Tianjin BHIDA accounts for over 60% of the city’s total. There are also six state-level enterprise technology centers and 55 municipal-level enterprise technology centers. Investment in research and development was equal to 8% of the park’s GDP. It has close cooperative relationships with 16 R&D institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academy of Military Medical Sciences and Tsinghua University, among others.
Industrial parks rated AA are highly attractive and are highly recommended. However, in comparison with industrial parks given the AAA rating, these industrial parks still lag behind in some areas. The most typical disadvantage is the smaller economic size as reflected in the GDP or FDI, high investment costs and limited land resources. Together with AAA-rated industrial parks, these industrial parks are considered first-tier. There are 24 with “AA” rating among 254 national or municipal level industrial parks rated by China Knowledge since 2003.
Siemens, Toyota, Samsung, Microsoft, Sanyo and NEC