SHENZHEN, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- China's southern tech hub of Shenzhen has established more than 21,000 industrial design entities, including seven state-level centers, with more than 150,000 designers and related staffers, a local official has said.
The designers and entities have propelled Shenzhen's innovation and manufacturing development, said Nie Xinping, deputy mayor of the city, at the eighth Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair which ran from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4.
In the future, the city's industrial design will focus on the new generation of information technology, wearable devices, the digital economy and intelligent equipment, Nie said, adding that it will build a high-level platform for opening up and cooperation with international influence.
"We design and produce ultraviolet disinfection boxes for mobile phones for enterprises in the Republic of Korea, and these products are very popular in the global market," said Wen Ying, a project manager at Shenzhen Bifoxs Industrial Design Co. Ltd., at the fair.
Wen said the company was established in 2013 and has generated revenues of 100 million yuan (about 14.95 million U.S. dollars) so far this year.
Shenzhen Technology University has launched three new majors -- product design, interaction design and jewelry design -- to cope with the market demand for industrial design talent.
Teachers and students at the university have designed a cantilever-type roadheader, a vehicle door collision warning system, sculpture lamps, and teacups.
"Industrial designers are in great demand in Shenzhen, and the university will expand student enrollment across the three majors," said Li Liquan, assistant professor of innovation design at the university.
Shenzhen won the UNESCO "City of Design" title in 2008. Local designers and producers have bagged a slew of industrial design awards both at home and abroad. Enditem