At TechCrunch Shanghai, a few insiders in Chinese hardware community took the stage to share their insights tabout the future of Chinese hardware industry, including founder of TMI and HWTrek Lucas Wang, CTO of Orange Labs International Center Beijing Dong Song, Director of Hunan University Media Lab (Shenzhen) Yan Qifeng, CEO of inWatch Neo Wang, and Special Assistant to Chairman & Chief Investment Director at Foxconn Charles Pan.

Yan, who comes from heart of China’s electronic manufacturing industry Shenzhen, said that local manufacturing companies started to design their own products and sell them through homegrown ecommerce channels, rather than foreign distribution channels.

Service is changing the manufacturing landscape, said Pan. He added that Foxconn will stick to OEM business, despite the fact that they already have the capabilities to do anything from component to assembly. They want to leverage the capability to create open hardware ecosystem so as to better serve both big companies like Apple and small innovative companies.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.