Feeds

Meet Shenzhen, tech capital of China

El Reg journeys to the city where much of our tech is made

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Unfortunately, the day The Reg landed in town, the locals decided to march down Huaqiagbei carrying anti-Japanese slogans and provoke the seriously armed police force into some fisticuffs, so most of the stores were closed up.

Wholesale mobile traders Shenzhen

On the wholesale floor it's hard to move, or breathe

We’ll be back though – there is enough here to keep electronics fans here happy for a long time.

“Shenzhen and the surrounding area have built up an almost complete IT supply chain,” said Forrester analyst Bryan Wang.

“It would be probably the most complete outside Taiwan’s Hsinchu area. The region manufactures almost every component except for chipsets (which are made mostly in Taiwan/Shanghai/Korea/etc.) and LCD screens (Taiwan/Korea/Japan).”

What next for the PRD?

So will Shenzhen and the PRD continue to go from strength to strength, or eventually get left behind as a shadow of its former self a la Akihabara?

Already the big name ODMs are building plants in other parts of China, encouraged by generous subsidies and lower labour costs, while Foxconn is even investing overseas with a giant plant planned in Indonesia.

“Over the years, Shenzhen ranked No.1 among all cities in China in terms of total high-tech industry output value (over RMB 1.18 trillion in 2011),” said Peng Zhai.

Yuanwang Digital Mall Shenzhen

Outside of Yuanwang, complete with riot police

“However, the development of the high-tech industry in Shenzhen is challenged, as most high-tech enterprises are export oriented, there is weak fundamental research capability (i.e. universities), as well as a rising labour costs and living expenses.”

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.