China needs a new way to manufacture export growth

Technologies such as 3D printing are disrupting the East Asian model of export manufacturing, which uses low-cost labour as its competitive advantage. China will have to rethink its strategy... or risk being left behind.

But rising labour costs aren't the only threat to Chinese manufacturing. We are now on the cusp of truly ‘disruptive’ manufacturing technologies that are making a significant impact on how the world makes things. Technologies such as robotics and 3D printing will dilute the traditional advantages that China has enjoyed, meaning that it will have to compete in different ways if ‘Made in China’ is to remain as ubiquitous as it has become over the past two decades.                

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