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Shenzhen Shanzhai

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The reclaiming of used components isn’t the only notable activity in Shenzhen’s electronics district. Throughout the busy halls and corridors of several huge buildings I observed an entire process culminating in the (re)birth of phones.


Written by dkousemaker

July 18, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Shenzhen phone recycling

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In a somewhat hidden corner of Hua Qiang Bei there’s two large buildings that are mainly dedicated to the recycling of cellphones. These though aren’t the same as the cellphone malls found in the districts’ main street. Here cellphones are traded as a commodity or even as a raw material. Hundreds of small companies work with (and against) each other to squeeze every bit of value out of yesterdays mobile phones.

Written by dkousemaker

March 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm