10 Ways Chinese Manufacturing Makes The Rest Of The World Look Tiny

chinese factory workersWorkers prepare to depart for a factory at the Shenzhen Quanshun Human Resources Co. Ltd.

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China has quickly grown to become the world’s second largest economy with $7.3 trillion in gross domestic product.Much of this growth was driven by its offering of cheap labour and production to the rest of the world.

Bank of America’s David Cui recently published his Not So Trivial Facts report on China.

In it were some stunning facts about China’s massive productive activities.

We highlighted 10 key production details from the report and compared the penetration or prevalence of each in China with the rest of the world.

China produces nearly 17 times as many air conditioners per person than the rest of the world.

Chinese air conditioner production:
109.0 million units

China as a per cent of global total:
80.0 per cent

China produces 81.1 air conditioner units per 1000 people, compared with 4.8 air conditioner units in the rest of the world.

Source: BAML

China manufactures more than 40 times as many personal computers per person than the rest of the world.

Chinese PC production:
320.4 million units

China as a per cent of global total:
90.6 per cent

China produces 238.3 PC units per 1,000 people compared with 5.9 units in the rest of the world.

Source: BAML

China makes more than 16 times as many energy saving lamps per person than the rest of the world.

Chinese energy saving lamps production:
4.3 billion

China as a per cent of global total:
80.0 per cent

China's got 3.2 lamps per capita, compared to 0.2 in per capita in the rest of the world.

Source: BAML

China produces nearly six times as much pork per person as the rest of the world.

Chinese pork production:
51.5 million tons

China as a per cent of global total:
49.8 per cent

China produces 38.3 kgs (approx. 84 pounds) of pork per person, compared with 6.7 kgs (approx. 15 pounds) per person in the rest of the world.

Source: BAML

China has over 11 times as much solar cell production capacity per person as the rest of the world.

Chinese solar cell production capacity:
21.8 gigawatts

China as a per cent of global total:
74 per cent

China has solar cell production capacity of 16.2 kilowatts (KW) per capita, compared with 1.4 KW per capita in the rest of the world.

Source: BAML

China makes more than seven times as many pair of shoes per person as the rest of the world.

Chinese shoe production:
12.6 billion pairs

China as a per cent of global total:
63.0 per cent

China produces 9.4 pairs of shoes per person, compared with 1.3 pairs in the rest of the world.

Note this data is as of 2010.

Source: BAML

China manufactures 10 times as many cell phones per person compared with the rest of the world.

Chinese cell phone production:
1.1 billion units

China as per cent of global total:
70.6 per cent

China produces 840.7 units per 1,000 people, compared with 83.6 units per 1,000 people in the rest of the world.

Source: BAML

China produces more than six times as much cement per person as the rest of the world.

Chinese cement production:
1.8 billion tons

China as a per cent of global total:
60 per cent

China produces 1,390 kgs (approx 3,064 pounds) of cement per person, compared with 221 kgs (approx. 487 pounds) per person in the rest of the world.

Source: BAML

China mines more than four times as much coal per person than the rest of the world.

Chinese coal production:
1.8 billion tons of oil equivalent

China as a per cent of global total:
48.2 per cent

China produces 1.3 tons of oil equivalent per capita, compared with 0.3 tons per capita in the rest of the world.

Source: BAML

China has three times as much shipbuilding capacity per capita as the rest of the world.

Chinese shipbuilding capacity:
76.6 million metric tons

China as a per cent of global total:
45.1 per cent

China has 57.0 tons of shipbuilding capacity per thousand people, compared with 16.6 tons per thousand people in the rest of the world.

Source: BAML

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