China Industrial Software Conference kicks off in Chongqing

Chongqing—The 2022 China Industrial Software Conference was successfully kicked off last Wednesday. With the theme of “software empowering manufacturing, digital motivating transformation,” the conference has brought together hundreds of guests from government, universities, industry, and software vendors. Focusing on the industrial software technology development and ecological cooperation, the event is expected to draw a blueprint for high-quality development of the industrial software in Chongqing and China.

Xu Kemin, MIIT Chief Economic Manager

China now attaches great importance to the development of industrial software. MIIT Chief Economic Manager Xu Kemin pointed out that MIIT will steadily push forward the implementation of the national software development strategy to accelerate the high-quality development of the industry. “We will promote software application scenarios, strive to make key technological breakthroughs, educate high-level software talents and to cultivate and strengthen the open source ecosystem,” said Xu.

Chen Mingbo, Member of the Chongqing Standing Committee and Deputy Mayor

“There is both demand and support for the development of industrial software in Chongqing,” said Chen Mingbo, Member of the Chongqing Standing Committee and Deputy Mayor. “Chongqing is a national important modern manufacturing base and will build a national advanced manufacturing center. It has the leading 5G network coverage and a high-level data center with a large amount of shared data and strong computing power support. In terms of application scenarios, the city covers 39 of the 41 industrial categories in China with different application scenarios. Large user groups of manufacturing enterprises are widely distributed in different industries with strong demand for digital transformation.”
In recent years, Chongqing has placed high premium on the development of software and information services industry. According to the 14th Five-Year Plan for the Development of Software Industry in Chongqing, the city is committed to build itself into a first-class software city in China with the output value of 500 billion yuan by 2025. At the conference, a signing ceremony was hold to celebrate the cooperation on 32 major projects of homegrown operating system, homegrown basic software, homegrown database, office documents, SaaS platform development, industrial software product development, digital procurement services, industrial Internet, autonomous driving, and industrial robots, with the contracted investment amount at 6.1 billion yuan.

The signing ceremony

Some well-known experts have also attended the forum and delivered keynote speeches, including four fellows of Chinese Academy of Engineering: Li Peigen, Chen Shiyi, Yang Huayong, and Ma Yushan. They shared their insights respectively on the development of industrial software and the digital transformation of enterprises.

Li Peigen, the Fellow of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Li Peigen, the Fellow of Chinese Academy of Engineering shared his views on industrial software from two perspectives— “tough problems” and “hidden knowledge”. “The key to the development of industrial software is to solve the actual problems of manufacturing industry to break the pain points in production. In the course of industrialization, it is necessary to accumulate industrial technology to realize industrial technology software, so as to cultivate excellent industrial software. Only by gathering the strength of all parties, refining the core technology and solving the key common problems in the industry can we cultivate more high-level industrial software products,” said Li.

Chen Shiyi, the Fellow of Chinese Academy of Engineering

In the speech of “Home-grown industrial software empowers the digital future”, the Fellow of Chinese Academy of Engineering Chen Shiyi mentioned that at present, China’s home-grown simulation software ushered in an epochal development opportunity with both booming market demand and high growth potential. “Looking to the future, our homegrown industrial simulation software is expected to create greater value under the guidance of the macro policy and the collaborations between the government, industry, universities and academia.” 

Yang Huayong, the Fellow of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Yang Huayong, the Fellow of Chinese Academy of Engineering pointed out that an important step to realize intelligent manufacturing is the use of industrial Internet to enable the flow and fusion of data thus to drive the digitalization in different scenarios. “The sustainable development of industrial software requires government’s top-level design and strategic planning, especially the development and investments on the bottom layer systems of industrial software. At the same time, it will also need support from a number of innovative R&D institutions serving small and medium-sized enterprises and the sound talent supply system for industrial software industry,” said Yang.

Ma Yushan, the Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

Ma Yushan, the Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, pointed out that the ultimate goal of intelligent manufacturing is to solve the business pain points of enterprises through the new generation of information technology and comprehensively improve the key competitiveness. 

Gao Liang, Director of NCTI-IDNC

An array of industrial software research results has released on the conference. Gao Liang, Director of National Center of Technology Innovation for Intelligent Design and Numerical Control (NCTI-IDNC), issued "Industrial Software and Service Selection Guide”. He introduced in detail the development and the market of the industrial software industry, and the main points of the selection and implementation. The Guide provides an important reference tool for industrial enterprises to correctly select industrial software and services.

A series of industrial software development and promotion policies were also released at the conference, including the "Full Star Action Plan for Chongqing Software and Information Service Industry (2022-2025)", the "List of Chongqing's Second Batch of Industrial Software Projects”, and the “Development Action Plan of Chongqing Software World”.
Lan Qinghua, the Director of Chongqing Economy and Information Technology Commission

As the Director of Chongqing Economy and Information Technology Commission Lan Qinghua mentioned, the total output value of the city's software and information service industry will reach 500 billion yuan by 2025 according to the "Full Star Action Plan”. "By 2025, Chongqing will increase 10,000 software and information service enterprises with 200,000 more employees and will increase revenue of 100 billion yuan from software and information service industry."

Release of the Joint Declaration on China's Industrial Software Ecological Cooperation

To promote the high-quality development of software industry, one of the keys is to strengthen the ecological cooperation among industrial software enterprises. Huang Pei, a member of the National Intelligent Manufacturing Expert Committee, issued the Joint Declaration on China's Industrial Software Ecological Cooperation. It advocates industrial software vendors and partners to jointly enhance technical exchanges, tackle key problems, and develop key industrial software to build a healthy industrial software ecosystem together in China.
Focusing on different topics of talent cultivation, application traction, technological breakthrough, innovation and development of industrial software, industry experts also have delivered in-depth keynote speeches and offered useful suggestions for accelerating the development of digital transformation of Chinese manufacturing enterprises. As a national software industry event, the success of holding the 2022 China Industrial Software Conference will inject new impetus into the software industry in Chongqing and China. 

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