Shenzhen is a major city in the Guangdong province, located immediately north of Hong Kong. The city is the major manufacturing centre in China and home of Chinas high-tech companies. 99% of all China manufactured UAVs come from this area.
In conjunction with the annual China High Tech Fair 2016, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems of China (AUVSC) hosted the second World Unmanned Systems Conference WUSC 2016 from Nov. 16th to 20th.
Drone Industry Insights was invited for the key note speech about the UAV market and the role of China. Other speakers were delegates from the AUVSI International, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (APOA) and other global UAV technology institutes and associations.
The AUVSC hosted during the 4-days event more than 20 speakers from the USA, Europe, China and Korea. The Chinese hosts did a fantastic job very well to let the guests feel very comfortable during the conference program and stay.
The speeches and discussions were concerned about the latest market, technology and regulation topics. The site visits of the local technology centres were well selected and offered a deep insight to Shenzhen’s plans for UAVs in the near future.
The general product range from the Shenzhen area are consumer and hardware oriented. To follow the global trend and the demand of end-to-end technology, Skyworth, a Shenzhen based technology holding announced the completion of a 450.000 sq.m big technology park with space for 300 companies, 1300 apartments, hotels, malls and a shuttle-bus service with 22 bus stations.
For startups this park offers access to young engineering talents from the region, laboratories and test sites for prototyping and series production. Goal is that all resources and material for prototyping are available within 3 days.
Officials from the Shenzhen/Baoan government hosted a half a day conference on the new site of Skyworth Hi-tec park to present the planned investments activities. In total the investment value into aviation and UAV industry will reach more than 1 Billion Dollars the next 7 years. With this money in the background the fund will motivate Chinese and international entrepreneurs to settle down in the Shenzhen area. Zero Tech was one of the first UAV company who moved from Beijing to Shenzhen.
The average age of Shenzhen citizen is 37 years and 150.000 graduates are available every year.
The role of China in the market
Chinas role in the market is still and for a while strongly located in the consumer drone area. Due to the successful lead of DJI to gain ground in the professional/industrial segment, China seeks an important role in the industrial UAV business, e.g. to build up know-how and capability for end-to-end solutions. Regarding the applied industry, the agriculture sector has largest growth rates and total share of UAV applications. China is biggest manufacturer and user of agriculture spraying drones.
China and international associations presented the latest amendments in international regulation and standards. It was interesting to see how many working groups for global standards are already existing and that China plays an important role in participating and delivering much experience in the traffic monitoring of civil unmanned system in the airspace.
Korea – Technology Hub in Asia
Delegates of Korean technology institutes and associations opened the eyes that the South Korean market and technology is on a very high level and competitive to the European and North American market. Approx. 1000 drone companies design, manufacture and operate all UAV configuration types in every sector of civil unmanned aerial industry. In addition Koreas is besides the Chinese consumer market the strongest exporter in the Asian region for industrial products.