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China's cutting tool market: where are the national brands?

According to relevant information, last year, China imported a total of two million three thousand three hundred and sixty-four pieces of various types of cutting tools, an increase of 64% over the previous year; imports of cutting tools as high as two hundred and eighty-five million one hundred and sixty dollars, an increase of 87% over the previous year. These figures show that the domestic tool is still far from catching up with the development of machine tool hosts, so it is caused by the current "foreign knife" best-selling situation. In the market economy, the trend of globalization is becoming more and more significant today, clear and international advanced level of the gap, to find the development trend of hardware and tool manufacturing community and catch up, it is particularly important.


According to relevant information, last year, China imported a total of two million three thousand three hundred and sixty-four pieces of various types of cutting tools, an increase of 64% over the previous year; imports of cutting tools as high as two hundred and eighty-five million one hundred and sixty dollars, an increase of 87% over the previous year. These figures show that the domestic tool is still far from catching up with the development of machine tool hosts, so it is caused by the current "foreign knife" best-selling situation. In the market economy, the trend of globalization is becoming more and more significant today, clear and international advanced level of the gap, to find the development trend of hardware and tool manufacturing community and catch up, it is particularly important. 

China has become the "world manufacturing plant", which is only some optimists estimate. At present, the main force of China's manufacturing industry is still focused on engaging in material processing, independent production of technology-based products is not strong, the overall competitiveness has to be improved. 

Compared with the international level, where is our gap? 

According to expert analysis, China's gap is a stage. The main manifestation is that the manufacturing industry is still dominated by low-end manufacturing, and the added value of products is not high, only 26.23%. As a big exporting country, China's export items are mainly labor-intensive products with low technological content. At the same time, the energy consumption of China's manufacturing industry is 20% to 30% higher than the internationally developed level. 

Into the new century, with the large-scale transfer of manufacturing in developed countries to China, while the domestic manufacturing industry has also accelerated the pace of technological transformation, so domestic CNC machine tools began to enter the manufacturing field in large quantities. With a sharp contradiction soon surfaced, advanced CNC machine tools, with advanced domestic cutting tools, had to be equipped with "foreign knife". China's cutting tool industry for decades of product structure, in the new development period finally revealed serious flaws, dragging the hind leg of the modernization of the manufacturing industry. 

How to solve the gap, accelerate industrial development? 

China's cutting tool companies and advanced multinational cutting tool companies, compared to the capital, technology, equipment and management level, there is a big gap, it seems that we can not find any advantage. But I think there are at least two major advantages are valuable conditions for the development of China's cutting tool industry. That is: natural resources and human resources. Unfortunately, these two resources are not well utilized and grasped, lost a lot of development opportunities. 

China's cutting tool material resources are unique. 2003 China produced 60,000 tons of high-speed steel, cemented carbide 12,500 tons, accounting for about 40% of the world's total. However, in the same year, China's tool sales, less than 6% of global tool sales, this huge contrast is shocking. This shows that the added value of China's cutting tool products is too low. 

In terms of human resources, China's cutting tool industry for decades to train a good quality workforce. Although affected by the level of China's industrial base, the knowledge is obsolete some, need to update and improve. But this step is not difficult to catch up. Many foreign-funded enterprises from China's cutting tool enterprises hired a large number of personnel, after training can quickly adapt to the production of modern cutting tools, marketing and service work, proving the ability of this team. But because of China's cutting tool companies have long been producing a thousand standard products, the team's development potential and service potential wasted, which is a great pity. 

So, how can we give full play to China's resource advantages and manpower advantages, the development of the cutting tool industry to a new level? Experts believe that the first thing to start by changing the concept of strengthening services. Cutting tool companies to throw away decades of uniformity, what sells what old habits, to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry on one. Set up such a guiding ideology and development approach, even without a large number of modern equipment, but also to produce good products welcomed by users. With this guiding ideology, a waste of resources, waste of talent in the rough, will be greatly reduced. In recent years, China's cutting tool industry began to emerge a number of science and technology-based private enterprises, is the development of such a speed of growth over the strength of the state-owned enterprises, it is worth paying attention to. 

Cutting tool industry to address the subject of modernization, strengthen the sense of service and improve the level of service is a top priority, the urgency of which far exceeds the improvement of equipment. We have had a lot of painful lessons, some companies spend a lot of money to introduce advanced equipment from abroad, but the old concepts have not changed, still produces a thousand standard tools, the results are not welcomed by the market.