Innovation in Science and Technology

Since its foundation, Chalco has made significant progress in technological innovation, by optimizing and integrating innovation resources, accelerating the construction of the R&D platform, and improving industry-university collaboration, all of which have contributed to a technological innovation system with Chalco characteristics. Currently, Chalco has set up 1) a R&D system consisting of institutions dedicated to R&D, including national corporate technology centers, national engineering centers, Post-Doctoral research bases, and specialized research institutes, 2) a multi-layered innovation system made up of subordinate technology centers and industry-university collaboration bases, and 3) an innovation management system in charge of decision-making, management, R&D, and backup.

Research Institutions

Chalco is a leader in corporate R&D. It boasts Zhengzhou Light Metals Institute of Chalco, the only large-scale R&D center in China’s light metal industry, the National Engineering Center of Aluminum Smelting, two national post-doctoral research bases, and ten laboratories and testing centers accredited by national and industrial authorities.

Chalco has always emphasized the importance of industry-university collaboration, and it has laid a solid foundation by actively seeking long-term cooperation with higher education institutions and research centers, including Central South University (Chinalco-CSU Lab), University of Science and Technology Beijing, Northeastern University, General Research Institute for Non-Ferrous Metals, Beijing General Research Institute of Mining& Metallurgy.

During the 12th Five Year Plan period, Chalco carried out 30 national projects covering a wide range of R&D, and received three National Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards, and more than 150 Provincial and Ministerial S&T Achievement Awards. It has filed for 642 patent applications, and possessed 594 granted patents.

R&D Team

Currently, Chalco has a R&D staff of over 1,800, of whom 30 have doctoral degrees and 273 have masters’ degrees. A R&D team that features experts recruited under the National Thousand Talent Project, the National Hundred, Thousand, and Ten Thousand Talent Project, and industrial professionals is a leader in the industry of alumina and electrolytic aluminum.

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