Nantong is a prefecture-level city in south-eastern Jiangsu province, China. Located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, near the river mouth. Nantong is a vital river port bordering Yancheng to the north, Taizhou to the west, Suzhou, Wuxi and Shanghai to the south across the river, and the East China Sea to the east. Its built-up area is made up of three urban districts. Nantong is an important center for the textile industry. Because of its deepwater harbor and connections to inland navigational canals, it was one of 14 port cities opened to foreign investment in Chinese economic reforms.
Industrial corporations make Nantong an industrial hub, with its excellent geographic location and two Yangtze River bridges, Sutong Bridge and Chonghai Bridge. This attracts investment funding and the city has been listed as the number one city in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone for foreign investment. Many of these investments come from international corporations. Singapore RGM International signed an agreement with Rudong, a county under Nantong's jurisdiction, to invest in a port project at Rudong Yangkou Port.
The shipping corporation Cosco has a large port and ship repair yard on the river. Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard Co., Ltd, the first shipyard of the Cosco group, has placed itself adjacent to the busy port of Nantong. Cosco Shipyard handles approximately 150 vessels per year.
Some companies in Nantong include: • Empire Clothing Co. Ltd. - Manufacturer of garments for men, women and children. Products gallery. • Nantong No.2 Yarn-dyed Weaving Mill - Cloth and garment manufacturer. • Nantong Taierte Clothing Co. Ltd. - Textile production and processing. • Nantong Freezing Equipment Factory - Refrigeration and quick freezing equipment for the food industry. • Nantong Printing and Dyeing Co. Ltd. - Textile processor. Product specifications. • Nantong Suzhong Textile Co. Ltd. - Yarn and thread manufacturer. Product specifications. • Nantong General Pharmaceutical Factory - Manufacturer of pharmaceutical materials such as tablets, capsules and injections. Product specifications. • Nantong Xiaoxing Transformer Co., Ltd. -Various range of electric transformers • Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Co Ltd.
Nantong Binhai Park is located at 50 km (31 mi) east to Nantong downtown, nearly 1.5 hrs drive to Shanghai Pudong and Hongqiao airports. Binhai park possesses unique transportation conditions both in expressways (Tongyang to Nantong downtown, Haiqi to Qidong and Shanghai Pudong) and sea ports (500 berths in Tongzhou Bay port cluster). Binhai park's industries focus on maritime & offshore, logistics, equipment manufacturing, new energy, advanced materials, electronics, etc.
Nantong Economic & Technological Development Area has superior transportation facilities by both rail and road. NETDA has direct links to two railways: the Xinyi-Changxing Railway and the Nanjing-Qidong Railway. Su-Tong Yangtze River Bridge feeds into the center of NETDA and connects the Nanjing-Nantong and Yancheng-Nantong Expressways to the north, and Shanghai-Nanjing and Suzhou-Jiaxing-Hangzhou Expressways and Riverside Expressways to the south.
NETDA includes several subsidiary zones including Nantong Export Processing Zone, New Material Park, Opto-mechatronics Industrial Park and NETDA Business Park. Special incentives are offered for investments in areas of modern equipment manufacturing, such as in new materials, engineering, fine chemicals, new medicines, new energy and modern services. At present, NETDA has attracted a large number of renowned companies to settle in Nantong, such as Vonnex Allied IT Services, OJI Paper, Maxion, Johnson Controls, ITOCHU, TSRC Corporation, and Merck KGaA.
China to Singapore, STP is a joint-venture park between Suzhou and Nantong, linking them on either side of the Yangtze River. The intended area is to be developed in three phases. It claims the project as "An International Enterprise Park and Eco-friendly City in Yangtze Delta".
Nantong Export Processing Zone (NTEPZ) is situated in the Nantong Economic and Technological Development Area. The Tong-Qi canal marks its western and northern boundaries, with Dongfang Avenue and Fuxin Road its eastern and southern boundaries respectively. NTPEZ is located at a communication hub, adjoining the main coastal artery of communications between north and south, close to the estuary of the Yangtze River, only 8 kilometres to the Su(Suzhou)-Tong(Nangtong) Changjiang Bridge.
Nantong is ranked #121 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Nantong was ranked #685 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Nantong has a population of over 1,994,708 people. Nantong also forms part of the wider Nantong metropolitan area which has a population of over 7,283,000 people.