Hong Kong is Losing the Tech Development Race to Shenzhen — South China Morning Post

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In this article in the South China Morning Post, SDG’s Peter Hopper comments on the emergence of a white-collar labor force in Shenzhen as an important driver in the competition between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland to develop a technology industry. “Historically,” Hopper says in this article, “labor-intensive industries in China such as electronics have seen products and processes evolve through miniaturization and digitization over the years. This has indirectly reduced the labor component needed to produce them.” But the products and processes of relatively low-cost items, such as shoes and apparel, have hardly evolved at all and continue to require a large amount of labor.

Hopper observes that the manufacturer/dormitory model is under serious challenge. A large and permanent pool of young knowledgeable workers has made it possible in places like Shenzhen to pull together engineering, management and digital capabilities. “In-house manufacturing is becoming a source of competitive advantage versus outsourcing,” Hopper said. Read the full article here.

Hong Kong is Losing the Tech Development Race to Shenzhen — South China Morning Post

在南华早报这篇文章中SDG的Peter Hopper评论深圳白领劳动力的出现成为香港和中国大陆之间竞争发展技术产业的重要驱动力。 Hopper 说︰「从历史上看,传统的劳动力密集型产业如电子工业, 其成品及制作过程在这些年间均开始趋向小型化及电子化,间接地减低了对劳动力的需求。」 但是,制作成本相对较低的产业如鞋履及制衣业,则较难实现转型,该类产业对劳动力的需求仍将持续高企。 他并观察到固有的制造业模式正面临严峻挑战。 数目庞大且供应稳定的年轻知识型劳工,令个别地区如深圳,有能力将工程、管理及电子业有系统地整合。 Hopper 表示︰「相对于外包生产,自主生产成为了行业竞争中的一大优势。」请按这链接阅读完整文章。(请注意:原文只提供英文内容。) 香港科技发展跑输深圳 - 南华早报