China Geology University, Wuhan Industry University, the 709 Institute, 105 Institute, Wuhan Physics Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Earthquake Research Institute, and Hubei Chemical Research Institute have all established developing centers for optics, telemetric, optical material, and applied software engineering.
As for its personnel, the East Lake Developing Zone has its choice of 100,000 highly educated experts and technicians of 23 universities and 56 research institutes. One third of those people are engaging themselves in research and industrialization of optoelectronics & information technology. Among them, 10 academicians granted by Chinese Academy of Sciences (from altogether 42 in Wuhan) are making great contributions to the field of optoelectronics & information technology.
Until 1999, 143 companies in the East Lake developing Zone were involved in developing and manufacturing optoelectronics & information products. Among them, 59 companies dealt with information optoelectronics technology, 12 with power optoelectronics technology, and the other 72 with software engineering. Last year it reached a revenue total of 6,030,000,000 RMB (information optoelectronics market 5,000,000,000 RMB, energy optoelectronics 210,000,000 RMB, and software industry 820,000,000 billion RMB).
In the information optoelectronics industry, the East Lake Developing Zone leads the way in China. It produces 2,500,000km of optical fiber per year, and 60,000km optical cable per year, and it is now the largest manufacturer for optical fiber & cable in China. It is also capable of large-scale production for optoelectronic devices, optical fiber terminals, and optical telecommunication equipment. In the energy optoelectronics industry, the East Lake Developing Zone is one of the three biggest industry bases in China. Products such as high-power laser, laser processing equipment, laser welding equipment, and laser medical equipment reach quite high levels of technology and enjoy considerable popularity in the market. In the software developing industry, many excellent software products and property rights achievements have won national Science Progress Prizes. Its multimedia education software, CAD/CAM software, GPS software and Simulation Software also enjoy national fame and recognition.
In the East Lake Developing Zone, many enterprises are involved in developing and manufacturing optoelectronics & information products. They are: Yangtze Optical Fiber, WIP (including Optical Communication), Changjiang Ericcsson Co. Ltd., Wuhan Telecommunications Device Company, and Wuhan NEC Optical Fiber Communications Industry Co., Ltd.
The Wuhan Changjiang Telecommunications Company, the Optical Cable Transducer Center of Wuhan Industry University, the Semiconductor Factory of Wuhan University, Huagong Laser Engineering Company, Chutian Laser Group Co. Ltd, Tuanjie Laser Equipment Co. Ltd., Wuhua Zhonggong Laser Engineering Co. Ltd., Maichi, Science & Technology Co. Ltd., East Lake Memory Co. Ltd., East Lake Optic Disk Co. Ltd, 709 Institute, Tianyu Information Company, etc. These enterprises are either top or competitive enterprises in their respective trades in China. Most of them are located within a 4km range of the East Lake Hi-tech Science Industry Park. That is to say, the Optoelectronics & Information Base of East Lake Developing Zone preliminarily comes into being.