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Changzhi, China emerges as a center of LED manufacturing

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The government also plans to build the world’s largest production base of sapphire and high-end lighting facilities.

CHANGZHI, China, Nov. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Changzhi, the home of many Chinese ancient legends, is creating a new legend of industry today. An original report by City Channel of CRI Online follows:

Sitting in southeastern Shanxi province, the city is where, according to folklore, the Chinese nation’s ancestor Shen Nong tasted all herbs and taught local people to farm, and thus started a great civilization.

During the Second World War, Changzhi was the headquarters of the Eighth Route Army, who fought against the Japanese aggression.

Rich natural resources, convenient transportation, excellent ecological conditions and policies have made the Changzhi an ideal investment destination with a resources-based economy model. Its traditional key industries include coal, coke, electricity and metallurgy.

But emerging industries, such as LED, solar battery, new materials and deep processing of oil, are attracting increased attention from the local government.

The LED industry, in particular, is believed to be a new engine to boost the city’s economy with the nation’s only one full LED industrial chain established there.

The city’s mayor Zhang Bao said the coal industry “has once contributed much to Changzhi, but over-dependence on the industry led to difficulties,” so they “made a strategic choice to seek some new sources of development”. The LED industry is one of the solutions.

With two years’ effort, the city has built a large-scale LED industry cluster. It will become the world’s first LED industry park with an integrated industrial chain.

The government also plans to build the world’s largest production base of sapphire and high-end lighting facilities.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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