China A tiger in the supply chain


Shanghai SkylineProgramme objectives

  • Investigate the opportunities and problems of investing in China
  • Understand the nature of, and potential for, manufacturing there
  • Raise awareness of the emerging trends and economic benefits of Chinese operations
  • Foster links between UK and Chinese industry


Download this flyer as a PDF file (the original 'flyer')



The programme concentrated in particular on:

  • The evolution of China beyond its role as a low cost manufacturing base
  • China as a centre for innovation and R&D
  • The growing domestic market in China.



A team of 32 Manufacturing Engineering Masters graduates and staff completed a two-week tour in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong) from 3-17 July. During this period, the team visited around 40 Chinese and multinational companies. The tour built on a foundation of research and analysis carried out by the team in Cambridge between January and July.


Report and conference

The detailed findings of the project were communicated in two ways:

  • A comprehensive written report [694k PDF, 105 pages] or executive summary [264k PDF, 8 pages
  • A presentation at the Institute for Manufacturing's workshop 'Making it in China' at the end of July in Cambridge.
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