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Founded in 1992, Shanghai Municipal Investment formerly known as Shanghai Chengtou (hereinafter referred as “SMI” or the “Company”) is the largest state-owned enterprise in Shanghai. SMI currently has two publicly listed subsidiaries as well as 11 private affiliates and subsidiaries. With more than 20,000 employees, the Company thrives in tandem with Shanghai city’s infrastructural planning, investments, constructions and operational agendas. As of the end of 2014 fiscal year, the Company has a net asset of 423 billion RMB ($67.2 billion USD).

The centerpiece of Shanghai Municipal Investment’s business comprises four areas- Road & Bridges, Water, Environment, and Properties. The company is committed to its corporate philosophy of “Better City, Better Life” by centering investment themes on transforming and improving the life of its citizens. For more than 20 years, Shanghai Municipal Investment has served as the answer to various challenges posed by 26 million people living in Shanghai. To alleviate the infrastructural constraints, the Company has successfully executed 80 mega projects spanning from comprehensive reconstruction of the Bund to Shanghai Yangtze River Tunnel and Bridge, to Qing Cao Sha Water Plant and to Sinan Mansions. In addition, the company has completed more than 2,000 sustainable projects to date and has recently finalized the cornerstone project, the Shanghai Tower. The universally acclaimed Shanghai Tower is the biggest man-made super structure in the world measured by gross floor area. Thanks to its relentless pursuit of perfection and high standards, Shanghai Municipal Investment has earned a host of international accolades and support from public and private stakeholders.


Shanghai is currently undergoing a critical period of innovation and transformation. Building Shanghai into a beautiful and comfortable home is the expectation of the local people, and the vision of both the former and the incumbent leaders of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and the Municipal Government. Since the 1990s, with the concerted effort of its people, Shanghai has been advancing urban construction and renovation on a large scale. As a result, a modern infrastructure system has been shaped; urban landscape has been made anew; people’s living condition and ecological environment has been improved; and the city’s comprehensive service function has been strengthened. Shanghai, as a modern and internal metropolis, has acquired great splendor and vigor.  During the process of urban development in Shanghai, a number of state-owned investment companies, among which Shanghai Municipal Investment acts as a bellwether, worked under the guideline of the overall plan, striving to make outstanding contribution in the areas of key and large infrastructural construction and ecological environment improvement.


Shanghai Municipal Investment’s twenty years of construction and development experience broadens the city’s vision and cultivates its confidence and calmness; twenty year’s endeavors and achievements enable the city to prosper more than ever before and pulse with the spirit of the age. As a powerful seed sown in the past, Shanghai Municipal Investment has witnessed the tremendous changes of the city, merged into the history of Shanghai, and become a standard-bearer of the city’s innovation. In the process of improving urban infrastructure for transportation, water utilities, city appearance, and living environment, Shanghai Municipal Investment has carried on the past experience and is committed to making innovations and exploring new paths ahead. Continuously transcending its past achievements, the company reassures the government and satisfies the citizens.