According to customs data released by state media outlet Xinhua, drone exports from Shenzhen – China’s hardware hub, amounted to $2.7 billion yuan ($412 million USD) between January and November 2015, an increase of 9.2 times over the same period in 2014.

Global commercial drone investment boomed in 2015, with a majority aimed at Chinese companies, including Shenzhen-based DJI, who wrapped up $75 million USD in May at valuation upwards of $8 billion USD.

Commercial drone makers have become the positive archetype of modern consumer hardware for China. Makers, such as DJI, have embraced global marketing strategies to eschew the copycat reputation often attached to Chinese brands. DJI is now the undisputed global brand leader in commercial drones.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com