Recently, the 11th APEC Small & Medium-sized Enterprises Technology Conference (APEC SMETC) was held in Xi’an. APEC SMETC is an important cooperation project in the field of SME under the framework of APEC. It aims to build a platform for APEC member economies to display, trade, exchange and cooperate in terms of new technologies, new products and new models.
This APEC SMETC was co-hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government. State Councilor WANG Yong delivered a video address at the opening ceremony of the Conference from Beijing. Minister of Industry and Information Technology XIAO Yaqing and Deputy Secretary General of the State Council WANG Zhiqing attended the opening ceremony via video. LIU Guozhong, Secretary of the CPC Shaanxi Provincial Committee and Director of the Standing Committee of Shaanxi Provincial People’s Congress, ZHAO Yide, Governor of Shaanxi Province, and XU Xiaolan, Deputy Minister of Industry and Information Technology attended the opening ceremony in Xi’an. Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow delivered a video address.
State Councilor WANG Yong delivered a speech
XU Xiaolan, Deputy Minister of Industry and Information Technology, said in her keynote speech that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of SMEs, and that promoting the development of SMEs is China’s long-term strategy of “promoting employment, sustaining growth and ensuring people’s livelihood”, and that China encourages SMEs to take the SRDI developmental path of specialization, refinement, differentiation and innovation.
In 2020, with outstanding performance in comprehensive strength, REFIRE Group was awarded the honorary title of National SRDI “Little Giant” Enterprise by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In recent years, the company has continuously improved its innovative capacity, and has successively won the title of Manufacturing Item Champion of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Laboratory Accreditation Certificate of China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment, and the first prize of “China Automotive Industry Science and Technology Award” in 2020, etc., playing a leading role in SDRI development.
It is due to its unremitting exploration and sprouting breakthroughs in technological innovation, at the “Light of Innovation” SME technological innovation presentation session during the conference, REFIRE Group’s “durable commercial vehicle fuel cell system key technology and industrialization achievements” was included in “Light of Innovation” SME Tech Innovation Outstanding Achievement List, in view of its industrialization of fuel cell system platform oriented technology, fuel cell system low temperature cold start design and control method, big data cloud platform fuel cell system optimization control method. The inclusion in the first “Light of Innovation” SME Tech Innovation Outstanding Achievement List, is the further recognition and affirmation of the country and the industry for REFIRE in terms of its performance in technological innovation.
The list also includes 45 enterprises in more than 10 fields, including high-end equipment manufacturing, new energy and environmental protection (carbon neutrality), health care, new materials, electronic information, safety and emergency response, culture and creativity, new agricultural technology, innovative services and others. This activity was jointly organized by the SME Development Promotion Center of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the SME International Cooperation Association. 28 senior experts in the industry conducted rigorous and serious evaluation according to the principle of “Fairness, Justice and Objectivity”.
Site of expert review session on the conference (Photo source: SME Development Promotion Center of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology)
On March 23, China has officially released the Hydrogen Industry Mid-to-long-term Development Plan (2021-2035), defining the strategic importance of the hydrogen industry development in China, illustrating the direction of the development of fuel cell industry, setting the goals and tasks of the hydrogen industry development in China, emphasizing the significance of strengthening basic research and key technology and disruptive technology innovation in hydrogen industry innovation, improving the main performance indicators and mass production capacity, and continuously improving the reliability, stability and durability of fuel cells. Innovation is the primary driving force for development. REFIRE Group will seize the opportunities of the era for hydrogen energy development. Under the guidance of relevant policies, REFIRE will actively enhance their all-round technological innovation capabilities and contribute to the upgrading of the construction and development of the hydrogen energy industry.
Headquartered in Shanghai, REFIRE is the world’s leading deployer of commercial hydrogen fuel cell zero-emissions technologies. The company specialises in designing, testing, prototyping, application engineering and in integrated fuel cell systems for buses, trucks, specialised vehicles, power supply units, and marine applications.
As of Q1 2021, REFIRE fuel cell technologies and products are powering over 2,700 fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in daily use in 15 cities across China, as well as various projects in five other countries. To date, combined vehicle mileage exceeds 63 million kilometres.
Marketing & Communications Department, REFIRE