Two Chinese defence industrial groups, the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) and the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), have each established what they call ‘smart manufacturing’ initiatives to drive capability development.
The initiatives, announced separately by the two groups in mid-May, are in line with the Chinese government’s ‘Made in China 2025’ programme, which was launched in 2015 and seeks to leverage Industry 4.0 technologies and techniques and position China as a world-leading advanced manufacturer.
Under the project announced by CETC, the corporation has created an ‘X+AI new-generation action plan’ that is intended to spur innovation in developing Industry 4.0 technologies.
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