Liangjiang New Area in Southwest China's Chongqing municipality saw 20 newly certified municipal-level enterprise technology centers this year. The new area has a total of 137 municipal-level enterprise technology centers to date, ranking first in the municipality and accounting for 12.9% of its total figure.
An Enterprise technology center is an institute set up by a company to carry out technology research and development. It serves as a think tank for the company’s innovative activities, such as establishing technology standards, gathering and cultivating talents, and promoting technology innovation.
Companies should meet established criteria to be certified as municipal-level enterprise technology centers. Basic requirements include more than 50 million yuan of main business income, a minimum of 1.5 million yuan of annual R&D expense, 30 full-time R&D staff at least, and a well-operating mechanism for innovation. Other aspects will also be assessed, such as the competitive advantages and innovation efficiency of the company.
Twenty companies certificated this year cover a wide range of industries, including the auto industry, the electronics industry, the life and healthcare industry, and the digital economy. The companies are believed to hold strong advantages in innovation and lead in their respective areas.
For instance, Chongqing Haifu Medical Technology is a manufacturer of non-invasive ultrasound therapeutic systems for both malignant and benign tumors. Its self-developed high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapeutic system has been exported to 30 countries and regions, such as the UK, Spain, Germany, and Russia. The system has helped cure more than 200 thousand oncology patients worldwide as of December 2021.
An official from Liangjiang New Area Bureau of Industrial Promotion said the enterprises-oriented innovation supported by enterprise technology centers has become an important driving force of Liangjiang’s industry development.“by carrying out technological innovation, enterprise technology centers also help enhance the independent innovation capacity of a company and thus strengthen industry chain,” he added.
(Content provided by Liangjiang New Area Media Center ；Liangjiang New Area/photo)