Binzhou lies in the hinterland of the Yellow River Delta, southwest bank of Bohai Sea Gulf. Binzhou occupies an area of 9,600 square kilometers. It governs Bincheng District, Zhanhua District, Huimin County, Yangxin County, Wudi County, Bo’xing County, Zouping County, Binzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone, New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone and Beihai Economic Development Zone. It provides home to 3.87 million people. The City enjoys sub-humid continental monsoon climate of warm temperate zone of East Asia, which is characterized by a clear distinction of the four seasons. Binzhou borders on mountains to its south and the Bohai Sea to its north. The Yellow River runs across the middle of the City. As the North Gate of Shandong province, Binzhou is the biggest and most populated administrative core area of the Yellow River Delta Efficient Ecological Economic Zone (hereafter referred to as YRDEEEZ), as well as the superimposed region of YRDEEEZ, Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone (SPBEZ), Bohai Economic Circle and Capital Jinan Metropolitan Circle.
Binzhou is identified as a national transport center as well as an important passageway connecting Jiangsu, Shandong, Beijing and Tianjin. Chang-Shen Expressway, Rong-Wu Expressway, Qing-Yin Expressway, Bin-De Expressway, Ji-Bin-Dong Expressway, Qin-Bin Expressway under construction and 205, 220 National Roads form the high-rank expressway frame. De-Long-Yan railway had formally opened, Jiao-Ji railway passes through the South part, Huang-Da railway, Binzhou part of Ji-Qing high speed railway and the second stage engineering of Bin-Gang railway had been put into operation, with the planned Beijing-Shanghai high speed railway, Ji-Bin-Dong intercity railway constitute one "three vertical, two horizontal and one inter-city line" railway network. Binzhou enjoys smooth searoute transportation. Binzhou Port facing Huanghua Port across the Sea, a crucial harbor with regional importance had formally opened to shipping. Airport for general aviation, expressway, arterial railway and seaport form a stereoscopic traffic network extending to all directions.
There are abundant natural resources in Binzhou. It is the main oil district of Shengli Oil Field-the second largest oil field in China. Binzhou has great potentials for exploitation, 29 kinds of mineral resources have been confirmed here. With a coastline of 240 kilometers, 100,000 hectares of mud flat and reed wetland, Binzhou takes the place as one of the four major national fishing grounds as well as an important raw salt production base, salt chemicals base and seawater aquiculture base in Shandong Province.
Binzhou is an expansive city with rich land resources.The City owns 1.738 million Mu (1 hectare equals to 15 Mu) of unused land, accounting for 12.4% of the City's total land area, among which nearly one million Mu are whole piece land blocks with each block more than 1,000 Mu. Comparing with other cities on the Yellow River Delta, due to earlier land formation, Binzhou enjoys more mature and better conditions in regard to short construction time and easy construction for the retrofit or backfill of land. Binzhou is one of the eastern regions in China that has the richest land resources.
With a long history and well established culture, Binzhou acts as one of the birthplaces of the Yellow River Culture and the Qi Culture. Sun Wu, a famous ancient military strategist, Fan Zhongyan, a renowned statesman in the Song Dynasty, Dong Yong, a famous filial son in the Han dynasty were all born or grew up here. Currently, Binzhou have more than 250 places of historic interest and scenic beauty. Such as: The Manor of Wei Clan, Fan Gong Temple, Zhangba Buddha, Du Shoutian’s Former Residence, Da Wenkou and Longshan Cultural Relics, and so on. With the development of the tourist industry, Binzhou has strong regional characteristics of "two mountains" (Heban mountain and Jieshi mountain),"two belts" (along the Yellow River and coast) "one Sage" (Sunwu). Binzhou will become a "Suburb Park"of Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, etc. Visitors at home and abroad are so captivated by the city’s long history and culture as well as the beautiful scene of nature that they often forget to leave once they come here.
With active opening-up to the world, Binzhou has already established economic and trade cooperation with more than 160 countries and regions. There are more than 600 foreign enterprises in the city. Large multinationals such as ITOCHU Corporation of Japan, Hong Kong Huarun Group and Akzo Nobel of Netherlands had settled in here,currently, there are more than 28 global top 500 enterprises investing and developing in Binzhou. Binzhou has 16 listed companies, formed the "Binzhou Board" in the main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Since Sep.24th 2003, when Weiqiao Pioneering Group listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange, many enterprises succeeded in being listed overseas (Xiwang Group, Hongcheng Home Textile, Sanxing Oil, Jinruinuo Hua Xing and China Hongqiao), totally financing over 35.9 billion Yuan by the end of 2016, ranking No.1 in Shandong province.
As a pillar industry in Binzhou, metallurgical industry offers tremendous support to Binzhou industrial economy. Taking Weiqiao Pioneering Group as the lead, a complete aluminum industry chain, with inextricable connection between each and every sector (alumina, electrolytic aluminum, aluminum processing and deep processing products), has taken into shape. Basing on the aluminum producing capacity of more than 6 million tons, a large number of aluminum deep processing enterprises like Shandong Chuangxin Metal Technology Company, Beijing Automotive Industry Group Co., Ltd.(BAIC Group), CITIC Group has emerged and developed. High-end aluminum deep processing industrial cluster has taken initial shape, and a world-class aluminum deep processing base been actively forged. An alumina production base invested by Weiqiao Pioneering Group had on operation in Indonesia in 2015. General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping and Indonesian President witnessed the signing of the contract.
Taking the large steel enterprise Zouping Steel Group as the lead, focusing on the construction of provincial strategic emerging industry demonstration base for the production of light-weight, high-strength alloy material, from iron smelting, steel manufacturing & rolling, a well-equipped and high regional competitiveness production industrial chain has been gradually developed. Main products are stainless steel, rebar and other special steel with a total capacity of 12 million tons. Among them, Xiwang Special Steel has listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
As the city's leading industry, at present, Binzhou has 307 enterprises above designated size, with employees of 50,000. Product categories have been expanded from traditional piston, hub, crankshaft, precision casting, agro-machinery, stone&oilfield machinery to those products in high-end equipment manufacturing fields, such as new energy vehicles, aircrafts, NC machine tools, wind-power equipments, electronic components processing equipments, marine engineering equipments, intelligent building material equipments and others. Annual capacity for major products: 30 million pistons, 15 million wheel hubs, 200,000 crankshafts, and 20 million meters sucker rods. Movever Group, Bohai Piston, Jiuhuan Machinery, Huaxing machinery and Qixing Tower are all pioneers among their counterparts in China. Binzhou has 5 national level enterprise technical centers, plus 78 provincial and 143 municipal level ones.
Binzhou is one of the national chemical bases with abundant petroleum-in-place of 600 million tons and natural gas reserves16.4 billion cubic meters. There are 171 above-scale industrial enterprises relating to sectors like petrochemical industry, salt chemical industry, coal chemistry and agricultural chemical industry. One-time crude oil, crude salt, caustic soda, propylene oxide, PVC, asphalt and bromine processing capacity reach 18 million tons, 5.5 million tons, 1.15 million tons, 300 thousand tons, 400 thousand tons, 1.3 million tons and 30 thousand tons respectively.
Binzhou is the national textile industry base . Currently it has formed a comprehensive industrial system of cotton textile, dyeing, towelling and coverlets, home textile, wool spinning, carpets, garments, chemical fiber and industrial fabrics, and plays a significant role in China or even in the whole world. Binzhou has around 477 textile enterprises (among which above-scale enterprises 223), processing companies of various types more than 3,000, which provide jobs to more than 360,000 practitioners. The annual raw cotton processing, yarn spinning and fabric weaving capacity reaches 1.5 million tons, 11 million spindles and 3 billion meters respectively.
For various fields like food processing, vegetable oil, drinks, starch production and meat processing, there has been a further shift toward large-scale, high quality, nutrition and health. Different kinds of typical food, green food and organic food have been developed. Zhanhua Winter Date, Yangxin pear, Wudi golden jujube, Huimin honey peach, Zouping water apricot have won great celebrity both at home and abroad. There are Xiwang Group, the No.1 starch sugar and maize oil producer in Asia, which owns annual maize processing capacity of 3 million tons, fructose 100 thousand tons and the unique fructose industrialization production line in China.
Applying modern science and technology, Binzhou has spared no efforts to support and develop the construction of emerging industries like electronic information, biomedicine, new energy resources and new materials. Wind, solar, biomass energy development and utilization, Lv Du, Lubei and Kanghe Company’s pharmaceutical research and production have promoted the industry optimization, upgrading and sustainable development. New economic growth point has been fostered.