China's first Superconducting Magnet Technology Center aims to promote the development and application of superconducting magnet technology. The center was established in Weifang City, Shandong Province on March 6th by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The unveiling ceremony was held between the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) and the Weifang municipal government. Dr. Wang Yifang, deputy director of IHEP and Mr. Chen Baifeng, deputy mayor of Weifang City presided over the opening ceremony.
At present, an annual import of approximately 400 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) instruments, which can be valued as high as $585 million (4 billion yuan), hinders the development of China’s medical and related industries. Through close cooperation with local governments and enterprises, IHEP, by exploiting its comprehensive superiorities in basic and applied research, is exploring a new way of transferring and marketing high technologies.
Under the center, an Academic Committee was set up and held its first meeting. This committee was made up of 13 experts from CAS institutes and universities. Present at the ceremony were officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Weifang City.