June 27, 2019

The 4th Meeting of the RF-PRC Working Group on Radio-electronics

From June 24 to June 26, 2019, with the support of the St. Petersburg Cluster Development Centre, the 4th meeting of the Working Group on Radio-Electronics of the Industrial Cooperation Sub-Commission of the Russian-Chinese Commission for the Preparation of Regular Meetings of Heads of Governments was held.

Representatives of state authorities and leading producers of micro radio-electronics from Russia and China took part in the Working Group.

The agenda of the Working Group meeting included cooperation in the development of new-generation digital television, joint production of the navigation equipment, measurement equipment and microwave components and participation in joint projects on cross-border data transmission with the use of quantum communications. Strategic cooperation mechanisms were extensively discussed. Marina Zinina, Director of the St. Petersburg Cluster Development Centre, made a presentation about the launch of a technological platform for radio-electronics, which is aimed at establishing production cooperation between enterprises participating in St. Petersburg clusters and manufacturers from China. This type of interaction seems to be the most effective as it makes it possible to attract the maximum number of innovative radio-electronic companies from both sides, based on the single window principle. In the future, this model of interaction will make it possible to efficiently find technological partners for implementing joint projects, exchanging competencies and conducting internships for employees.

The participants of the Working Group visited the Regional Engineering Centre for Radio-Electronic Production (REC REP) of the St. Petersburg Cluster for the Development of Information Technologies, Radio-Electronics, Instrumentation, Communications and Telecommunications. During the meeting with the Working Group participants, Andrey Sokolov, Director of the St. Petersburg Technopark, explained that by creating REC REP, the Technopark pursued the goal to become a system integrator of business processes and providing a comprehensive and effective solution for the upgrade and technological development tasks faced by St. Petersburg-based radio-electronics and instrumentation enterprises. “We expect that through international cooperation we will be able to achieve high growth indicators for the entire radio-electronics industry,” he highlighted.

The urgency of innovations in this industry has recently elevated, as evidenced by an increased number of scientific developments and the search for new materials and technologies. The way devices look and operate is changing, as silicon wafer technology is approaching the limit of its development. It is being replaced by optoelectronics and bioelectronics, and developments are underway in quantum electronics.

The competencies available at the St. Petersburg Technopark make it possible to successfully adopt the experience of foreign colleagues and provide support to production enterprises in St. Petersburg. It enables Russian manufacturers to create their own breakthrough solutions and take the lead in high-tech future markets.

The resulting document of the Working Group meeting was the protocol, signed on the Russian side by Vasily Shpak, Director of the Radio-Electronic Industry Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, and on the Chinese side, by Zhen Aiguan, Deputy Director of the Information Technology Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. The parties supported a decision to create a technological site dedicated to radio-electronics with the assistance of the Cluster Development Centre of Saint Petersburg Technopark to establish production cooperation between enterprises of St. Petersburg and China.

The protocol will become one of the main documents regulating the interaction between Russian and Chinese radio-electronic companies with respect to the items on the agenda for the 12-month period from the date of its signing.