SHANGHAI: The proposed relocation of some of the
city's oldest factories to allow redevelopment of the 2010 World Expo site will
modernize and boost their outdated production capabilities, planners predict.
The 140-year-old Jiangnan Shipyard, the oldest existing shipbuilder in China,
will be moved from the Huangpu River site to a site earmarked to become the
largest shipbuilding base in the world on Changxing Island, on the mouth of
The 100-year-old Shanghai Pudong Steel Corporation on the eastern bank of the
Huangpu River will carry out ambitious expansion plans in Luojing, closer to its
parent company the Baosteel Group.
However, some of the factory's existing buildings, such as the workshops,
will be retained on the expo site and converted into exhibition and recreational
facilities during the next three years.
A steel-making workshop of the Pudong steel factory will be renovated into a
theater and after the Expo, it will be used mainly for community entertainment.
Another electric furnace workshop will become an exhibition pavilion.
An old workshop of the Jiangnan Shipyard, located in Puxi, will be rebuilt
into corporate pavilions and an industry-themed museum.
"To host the fair means a new development opportunity for these enterprises,"
Zhong Yanqun, standing deputy director of the World Expo 2010 Shanghai Executive
"On the other hand, these factories and a history they marked of Shanghai's
early industrial growth could be remembered here because some of their buildings
will be retained."
Jin Qing, a senior manager of Shanghai Pudong Steel Corporation said the
Luojing project would be finished in two phases over five years. The steel
factory will be moved to Luojing by the end of this year when its first phase is
After relocating, production capacity is expected to more than double to 10
million tons of steel and iron products by 2012.
"We will introduce the world's most advanced steel-making facilities and
technology in the new factory to optimize the diversity of our products and
improve their quality," Jin said.
The Jiangnan Shipyard's size will double when it moves to Changxing, and by
2010 it will have an annual production capacity of 4.5 million deadweight tons.
Shanghai Port Machine Plant, another enterprise to be relocated to the
Changxing Island because of the expo, has already built new docks and gantry
cranes along the shore and has commenced operations. It expects to gain an
annual production value of 6 billion yuan ($775 million), three times its
Zhu Ronglin, an economics professor from East China Normal University said
the relocation of Shanghai's old factories was in line with the city's vision to
move the manufacturing industry out of the inner city and attract more service
"Meanwhile, the balance between different land values and the compensation
that has been offered to them a good chance to update its facilities and
technologies," he said.
Wu Zhiqiang, chief designer of the expo site and dean of Architecture and
Urban Planning School of the Tongji University said about one fifth area of the
expo site would have retained factory buildings.