Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone

    Rating     AA
    Year of Establishment     1991
    Land Area     490 km2
    Location     Wuhan, Hubei
    GDP     RMB 40.31 billion( Jan -Jun 2013)
    FDI     US$1.02 billion, 2.14% up (Jan-Sep 2011)
    Utilized FDI     US$650 million (2014)
    Major Investors     Coca-Cola, Changguang Battery, Essex-Tigers Chemical, Dongfeng Honda, Dongfeng PSA, Dongfeng Motor, Mcquay Air Conditioning (Wuhan), Wuhan BOC Gases, TPV Technology Group
    Major Industies Encouraged     Metallurgy, automobiles, machinery, high-tech industries, food rocessing, beverages, building material processing, bioengineering and medicine
Source: Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone

Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone (Wuhan ETDZ) was established in May 1991 and was approved as a state-level development zone in April 1993. It covers 490 sq km. It is located southwest of Wuhan, 15 km from downtown.

Wuhan ETDZ has three special parks: Wuhan Export Processing Zone (Wuhan EPZ), a modern logistics park and an electric vehicle industrialization park. It was the first export processing park to be set up in Central China.

Wuhan ETDZ has easy access to Beijing, Zhuhai, and Shanghai via highways and expressways, and is also linked to the Beijing-Kowloon Railway and the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, the two most important national transportation arteries in China. Furthermore, Wuhan Port is one of the biggest ports in inland China.

Investment Climate
In 2012, gross industrial output of Wuhan ETDZ rose 21.1% to RMB 202.29 billion, accounting for 22.3% of Wuhan’s total. The zone’s value-added industrial output rose 21% to RMB 59.6 billion. In 2013, the GDP reached RMB 41.6 billion. And in 2014, the GDP of Wuhan ETDZ hit RMB 50 billion, utilised FDI reached US$650 million, the export value hit US$1570 million, the import value hit US$1.54 billion.

There are four pillar industries in Wuhan ETDZ: automobiles and auto parts, electronics, papermaking and printing and food and beverages. Altogether, the four pillar industries generated over 90% of the total industrial output of the park in 2012.

The main driving force behind the development of Wuhan ETDZ is the automobile and auto parts industry. Its industrial output amounted to RMB 102.88 billion and accounted for 68% of the park’s total. Dongfeng Motor Co, which moved its headquarters to Wuhan in 2002, is the industry’s main contributor. Dongfeng Nissan, a joint venture between Dongfeng Motor Co and Japan’s Nissan Motor Co, is the ninth auto maker to have crossed the threshold of making one million vehicles in China as of September 2007. Dongfeng Honda and Dongfeng Citroen have also set up plants in the park.

The household electronic appliance industry and electronic display industry also experienced rapid growth and are forming new industrial clusters. In 2009, the total output of the household electronic appliance industry and electronic display industry in Wuhan ETDZ accounted for 22% of the total.

In the first three quarters of 2011, Wuhan ETDZ’s utilized FDI rose by 13.39% to US$169.74 million, while the export value rose 2.14% to US$1.02 billion.

Investment Cost
Winning Edge and Limitation
Winning Edge
  • The zone has a good automobile manufacturing industrial base.
  • It is home to the headquarters of Dongfeng Group, the third-largest automobile group in China.
  • The area is rich in human resources.

  • The zone’s strength is too concentrated in the auto industry.
  • It faces strong competition from the Dongfeng Guangzhou production base.

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