Taiyuan, capital of North China's Shanxi province, has accelerated its high-quality industrial development, according to a press conference held by local authorities on Aug 17. 

During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), the output of the city's industrial enterprises above designated size – those with annual revenue of more than 20 million yuan ($3.09 million) – increased from 227.1 billion yuan to 333.9 billion yuan.

In the first half of this year, the output of industrial enterprises above designated size reached 204 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 30.6 percent, with both the value and growth rate hitting record highs.

The city's industrial structure has also been significantly optimized.

Emerging industries, especially the new-generation information technology, high-end equipment manufacturing, and new material synthesis and processing industries, have developed rapidly. The added value of strategic emerging industries and the high-tech manufacturing industry accounted for 25.3 percent and 14.8 percent of the city's total industrial added value.

The number of national, provincial, and municipal-level enterprise technology centers in the city reached 267, an increase of 81 percent during the 13th Five-Year Plan period. 

The city's scientific research forces accounted for 53 percent of the province's total, and national-level enterprise technology centers, manufacturing innovation centers, and intelligent manufacturing demonstration enterprises accounted for 60 percent of the province's total.

In the past three years, the city has made 64 major product breakthroughs. Its seven products have won national awards and 26 products have filled domestic gaps in related fields.

Project construction and investment in the city ranked first in Shanxi from 2016 to 2020, with 1,192 industrial transformation projects built and a total of 130.5 billion yuan in investment put in place.

In the first half of this year, there were 282 industrial projects under construction in the city, and the growth rates of industrial investment, investment in emerging industries, and investment in high-tech manufacturing were 50.1 percent, 90.8 percent, and 154.8 percent respectively, maintaining their highest levels in the past five years.

In addition, Taiyuan has been following a path of green industrial transformation and development. Over the past few years, it has created nine national-level green factories, six national green products, and one green industrial park.