Chinese company feeds global demand for drones

Global Business

The market for unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, is booming worldwide, particularly for civilian use. There are an estimated 300 companies in China dedicated to their manufacture, and Shenzhen DJI Technology is one of the largest. CCTV’s Wu Lei visited the company’s offices to see how drones are made.

A drone can offer photographers breath-taking shots from the sky by simply loading it with a camera.

Chinese company feeds global demand for drones

Chinese company feeds global demand for drones

The market for unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, is booming worldwide, particularly for civilian use. There are an estimated 300 companies in China dedicated to their manufacture, and Shenzhen DJI Technology is one of the largest. CCTV’s Wu Lei visited the company’s offices to see how drones are made.

Since its founded in 2006, DJI has developed drones for a wide array of users, ranging from amateur shutterbug looking for a new perspective, to more professional-level demands.

There are still no exact figures on the drone industry or market shares, but based on the prevalence of the company’s core technology, DJI takes up between 50-70 percent of the global civil drone market, spokesman Michael Perry said.

While the drone industry is on the rise, Perry says there are still major challenges ahead, including the unclear regulations for low-altitude air space, and improving the drones’ core technologies, such as battery life.