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Employees work at Airbus' A320 final assembly line in Tianjin. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Tianjin has formed an aviation and aerospace industry pattern involving aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, rockets, and satellites.
Powered by the final assembly line of the Airbus A320 completion and delivery center, Tianjin has introduced more than 60 aerospace manufacturing projects. It has formed a complete industrial chain that covers final assembly, research & development, maintenance, parts production, leasing, sales & service and training.
During the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-20) period, Tianjin delivered 500 Airbus A320 and 18 A330 airplanes, as well as produced the first AC 312E helicopters, and over 3500 small-and medium sized unmanned aerial vehicles. Over 15,000 employees of more than 300 enterprises are involved in four parts of the industry - aerospace manufacturing, aviation maintenance, aviation service and aviation logistics.
It is estimated that by 2023, the scale income of the industry will reach 15 billion yuan($2.35 billion), with an average annual growth rate of 10 percent; 2,000 professional and senior technical talents will be introduced and cultivated; R&D investment will increase substantially.
Tianjin will speed up the development of high-end aerospace vehicles, such as carrier rockets and space stations, and build an ultra-large spacecraft research base with international influence.