Economic Watch: China's tech-boosted economic recovery to deliver solid rebound



TIANJIN, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- In a science and technology park in north China's Tianjin municipality, dozens of mechanical arms moved along a production line, while busy robots carrying components weaved around.

Each day more than 2,000 sets of power batteries were turned out, which would be used for nearly 200 electric vehicles.

The scene is a sharp contrast to three years ago when production of the line was suspended from time to time in the Tianjin Lishen Battery Joint-Stock Co., Ltd. due to an order shortage.

Lishen started providing power batteries for the Dongfeng Motor Corporation four years ago, delivering about 53,000 sets by last year. In 2023 alone, however, it is estimated that 45,000 sets will be supplied.

"We didn't stop working even during the Spring Festival holiday," said Zhao Xiaojun, deputy head of Lishen's power battery manufacturing department.

"Now that we are no longer worried about order shortage, we fear that we couldn't complete the orders on time."

Lishen is just one of the examples to show the resilience of the Chinese economy after the country relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions late last year.

According to statistics by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), in 2022, output and sales of new energy vehicles in China were 7.06 million and 6.89 million, up 96.9 percent and 93.4 percent, respectively.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lifted its forecast for China's economic growth this year to 5.2 percent from a previous prediction of 4.4 percent.

Behind economic resilience is the ability of risk resistance.

Suppliers for Lishen are mostly domestic companies. Last May when the consignments were hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic, local authorities in Tianjin helped to arrange for closed-loop delivery so as to ensure production in Lishen.

"If we stop our production, the loss per day would be as much as 30 million yuan (about 4.4 million U.S. dollars)," said Zhao.

In 2022, in spite of the pandemic, the revenue of power batteries in Lishen soared by 76 percent.

The high-tech industry is an important driver of economic growth.

Two new projects are under construction in Lishen, with investment for each topping ten billion yuan. A third one is being discussed. Once in operation, their combined production capacity could be at least ten times the company's current capacity.

"I'm sure that constant innovation, research, and development could keep injecting impetus into our company," said Lishen's general manager, Zhang Qiang. Enditem