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 s...