When China first became a global industrial epicenter it was known for contract manufacturing, OEMs, abject

When China first became a global industrial epicenter it was known for contract manufacturing, OEMs, abject knock-offs, and an entire ecosystem of producers who flooded the markets of the world with low cost, no-name electronics, textiles, and other goods. However, the game has now changed for many of China’s manufacturers; it’s no longer merely about production but innovative design, signature products, and brand identity. This has caused a revolutionary change in business models as well as a monumental paradigm shift of what “made in China” now means. But how and why did this transition begin? This picture taken on January 7, 2015 shows a member of staff waiting for customers at a Xiaomi shop in Beijing. WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images On the farthest fringes of Shenzhen, in the Laokeng Industrial Zone of Pingshan New Town, sits the speckled pink-walled factory of Gaoyu Electronics, a relatively small manufacturer of cooling technologies for electronic devices. This company doesn’t stand out from many other similar manufacturers in Shenzhen’s industrial belt, and is a good example of the transition which many are now going through. Gaoyu Electronics got its start 15 yea...

CE Pro’s 2019 Quest for Quality Awards: Best Suppliers in the Home-Tech Channel

We have plenty of awards programs and “Best of” accolades in the home-technology channel for products and technologies that wow dealers and consumers alike. But integrators rarely choose product lines based on feature sets and technological innovation alone. They consider the strength of the vendors that develop and support the products. That’s why CE Pro continues to survey our readership to find out which manufacturers and distributors in the custom integration channel help dealers meet all the expectations and aspirations of their clients. Now in its ninth year, the Quest for Quality Awards includes silver, gold and platinum honors for those companies that have been singled out in numerous checkbox categories by integrators for their commitment to service — whether it’s general communication, tech support, warranties, sales and marketing help, shipping, lead generation, incentive programs, training, trade show offerings, website and social media presence and more. Many names have earned repeat appearances on the list, some have even been included or noted in the same category for most or all of the nine years in the Q4Q’s history. Other names are new to receiving ...