China Drone Expo Shines Spotlight on the ‘Low-Altitude Economy’

Shenzhen Hosts Record-Breaking Drone World Congress

The annual Drone World Congress kicked off in Shenzhen with a record 500 companies exhibiting their latest drone technologies. This eighth iteration of the event reflects Beijing's push to develop its “low-altitude economy.”

Expanding Industry Participation

This year's expo reportedly saw a 25% increase in exhibitors, drawing participants from over 100 . Shenzhen, home to industry leader DJI, remains a major hub for drone development, supported by the city government.

Shifting Export Markets

Amid U.S.- tensions, many Chinese are targeting alternative markets. A Shenzhen manufacturer specializing in control modules reported business dealings in , , , and .

Advanced Drone Control Technologies

A Hangzhou-based company showcased its equipment designed to neutralize unauthorized drones, a technology previously used during official visits to Xinjiang. The company highlighted its cost advantage over international competitors and exports to Central and the .

Future Growth of the Low-Altitude Economy

China aims to grow its low-altitude economy, encompassing drones and flying cars, from 500 billion yuan ($69 billion) in 2023 to 2 trillion yuan ($276 billion) by 2030.

DroneXL's Take

The Drone World Congress in Shenzhen underscores China's commitment to advancing its . With rising international tensions, Chinese companies are pivoting to new markets, showcasing innovative technologies that promise to shape the future of the global drone landscape. This event reflects the dynamic growth and potential of the low-altitude economy.

Photo courtesy of Itsuro Fujino.

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Haye Kesteloo
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