Shenzhen’s Impact on Consumer Electronics

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2Q 2014 | IN-1019149

 

Shenzhen’s Impact on Consumer Electronics

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I recently attended the Global Sources event in Hong Kong, and the sheer volume of accessories manufacturers and brands was eye-opening. Shenzhen became a “special economic zone” in 1980, just across the border from Hong Kong. It was a designated testing ground for capitalism and the start of China’s economic miracle over the next three decades. Its population grew from a fishing town/village of 30,000 to 18 million in that time. Foxconn, Huawei, Lenovo, and ZTE are its most famous sons, and the impact on consumer electronics, especially mobile devices, is profound and continues to grow.

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