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China Machine Tools
Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
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    In 1986 about 120 major enterprises produced most of China's machine tools. Many of the large plants were in the east, north, and northeast, particularly in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Harbin, and Tianjin. In the early and mid-l980s, a number of agreements with foreign manufacturers aimed to help China upgrade its machinetool industry. The Shanghai Municipal Government also asked World Bank's assistance in preparing and financing a comprehensive modernization scheme for the Shanghai machine-tool industry.

    Overall, the machine-tool industry was based on 1960s technology. Many of the tools had a service life of only five to seven years, compared with twelve to fifteen years in industrialized countries. The tools were generally unreliable and ill-suited for precision work because of outdated design, lowquality purchased components, substandard manufacturing facilities, and a lack of production-management expertise.

    Data as of July 1987

    NOTE: The information regarding China on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of China Machine Tools information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about China Machine Tools should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.

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