How Far Is Zhejiang To Build The World’s Largest Intelligent Bathroom Base?
Recently, the Department of Economy and Information Technology of Zhejiang Province released the “Fourteenth Five-Year Plan” (hereinafter referred to as the “Plan”) for the construction of a global advanced manufacturing base in Zhejiang Province. This accelerates the construction of a global advanced manufacturing base and makes bigger and stronger intelligent door locks, intelligent home appliances, intelligent lighting, intelligent kitchen and bathroom, and other end products. This construction has a global influence on the intelligent kitchen base and intelligent bathroom base.
In the “13th Five-Year” period, the development of intelligent sanitary ware industry has been included in the development plan of key industries in Zhejiang Province. Among them, Zhejiang Taizhou is the earliest and largest production of intelligent toilet industry in the country’s agglomeration. Since 2015, the number of intelligent toilet enterprises in Taizhou has increased rapidly. The industry output value has also increased from 2 billion yuan in 2015 to 7.5 billion yuan in 2020.
Zhejiang build Intelligent Bathroom Base
And in 2018, Taizhou City introduced the Work Plan for Cultivating the Smart Toilet Industry in Taizhou City. Strive to 2023, Taizhou intelligent toilet annual production exceeded 20 million units, the total output value of the whole industry chain exceeded 100 billion yuan, to achieve more than 1 billion yuan enterprises more than 10. Among them, more than 5 billion yuan more than 4 enterprises, for more than 5 enterprises landing in the capital market.
Data show that in 2020, China’s smart toilet omnichannel sales will reach 4.081 million units, an increase of 20.1% year on year. Sales will reach 14.22 billion, an increase of 14.8% year on year. In recent years, the number of smart toilet enterprises in Zhejiang Province has increased rapidly. It has gathered large OEM manufacturers such as Taizhou Yihe, Tejer, Xima, Poon Jiebao, Quzhou Xilkang, Ningbo Jitian, etc. Especially Xilkang is the cover supplier for Wrigley to make big. These enterprises occupy the share of major brands of external assistance, but also become the basis for the construction of Zhejiang’s global influence of intelligent bathroom base.
Production line of Ningbo Jitian
The “14th Five-Year Plan” period is a key stage for the industrial Internet to combine 5G, big data, artificial intelligence, and other new-generation information technology to accelerate the transformation and upgrading of the manufacturing industry. The Plan shows that Zhejiang will plan to establish an incubation pool of intelligent manufacturing enterprises, accelerate the construction of “future factories” and intelligent factories (digital workshops), and carry out intelligent manufacturing pilots. They will create a number of benchmark regions and clusters of smart manufacturing, and improve the classification of smart manufacturing to promote the mechanism and policy incentives.
This year, JOMOO, Weimei, and Huida 5G smart factories have been launched. This has a stimulating and guiding effect on the upgrading and construction of smart factories in the industry. With the development and popularity of 5G technology, more and more 5G ceramic sanitary ware factories will appear. The ceramic and sanitary industry from industrialization to digitalization has also become inevitable.
Today, Zhejiang Province’s digital economy is growing rapidly, ranking fourth in the country in terms of total volume. Its core industries are growing at an average annual rate of 15.2% in value-added, accounting for 10.9% of the gross domestic product (GDP). It ranks first in China in terms of the “digitalization of industry” index. According to the Plan, by 2025, the value-added of Zhejiang’s core industries in the digital economy will account for 15% of GDP and the value-added of high-tech manufacturing will account for 19% of industry above the scale.
It is worth noting that although Zhejiang intelligent bathroom base has made great progress, the current stage of the Zhejiang intelligent bathroom base, in terms of value-added rate, labor productivity, innovation capacity, quality brand, etc., there is still a large gap with the global advanced.
Take the productivity of the full labor of the manufacturing industry on the regulator, for example, in 2020, Zhejiang’s data is 235,000 yuan per person. Compared with the data of the United States, Germany, and Japan in 2016, this is only one-fifth of the United States and one-third of Germany and Japan. Another example is the proportion of high-tech manufacturing in the regulated industry. In 2020, the value-added of high-tech manufacturing in Zhejiang will account for 15.6% of the regulated industry, while the United States exceeded 25% in 2015 and South Korea exceeded 30% in the same year.
Facing up to the gap, narrowing the gap, and even in some fields and aspects to achieve the advanced global later. This is the direction Zhejiang will take during the 14th Five-Year Plan.
According to the Plan, Zhejiang will implement the “Eagle Action” in depth. It focuses on components, key parts, and supporting products. It guides intelligent sanitary ware enterprises to plow deeper into niche areas and cultivate a number of the “small giant ” enterprises that are invisible champions and specialties. This is also an important part of the construction of the Zhejiang intelligent bathroom base with global influence.
However, Chaozhou, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, mainly in Guangdong and Xiamen, the rise of the intelligent sanitary ware industry also deserves our attention, especially the Chaozhou region intelligent sanitary ware has become the largest growth industry outside of sanitary ceramics.
Xiamen production area gathered most of the currently listed sanitary ware enterprises, including R&T, one of the top five suppliers of ARROW covers, Solux Technology, which acquired the BGT Group. As well as the WDI system with AXENT and Yousheng is very noteworthy.
The Chaozhou region is dominated by companies such as Sakurai, Mengjia, and Country Garden. About 400 sanitary ware enterprises in the Chaozhou region are equipped with intelligent toilets for sale. In 2019, it has a total sales volume of about 3.3 million units, of which, about 3.25 million units are sold domestically and about 44,000 units are exported. It is mainly exported to the Southeast Asian market. Furthermore, it gathers the head enterprises of Foshan, Dongguan Botai, and Zhongshan Metu, a large cover supplier of Kohler. Guangdong’s production area strength is also very strong.
Whether Zhejiang’s intelligent sanitary ware can beat other production areas and become a global manufacturing base for intelligent sanitary ware.