Where in the world in Chongqing? If you don’t yet know, you’d better grab an atlas as the ultra-dense (population: 31.4 million) central China municipality is fast becoming the next major hub for electronics manufacturing.

A reported $43 billion worth of foreign investment is pouring into western China, with more than 550 companies taking flyers on the region. Foxconn is on board (to the tune of $1 billion), and Quanta is reportedly considering a similar deal to open a PC assembly plant.

Be forewarned: the Three Gorges Dam, which in many experts’ opinions is a disaster waiting to happen, is nearby. And the crime so rampant in Shenzhen is making its way to Chongqing as well. But there’s no stopping the pursuit of cheap labor — even if it costs billions to save pennies.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

2 thoughts on “Chong-where?

  1. Chongquing:
    We were there just a couple of years ago.
    Although lesser known than Shanghai and Shenzhen, Chongquing is huge – people and area – and has a well established manufacturing infrastructure. A lot of Chinese automobiles are produced there.
    There are actually 4 gorges but that is not a positive or lucky number.

  2. This city is famous for its mountains, Spicy food, staightforwards characteristics and bueatiful girls. With two rivers winded around the city along with the hundreds-year history, you can sense the special and mysterious culture.
    It was a previous defense industry center,that establish a good manufacturing infrasturcture and foster a large number of skilled workers. The salary level is very low compared to other cities in eastern china.
    The social environment gradually become better with a series of severe actions to surpress the criminal group and government corruption recently.

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