As recently as two years ago, Global Insight's estimate was that China would surpass the U.S. as the world's top manufacturer by 2020. Last year, it pulled the date forward to 2016 or 2017.In China, manufacturing is, without a doubt, a large part of the economy, with the industry representing 35% of the gross domestic product. Given the shift that we’ve seen in the global economy over the last 12 months, there are a few questions that many people in China, especially in the manufacturing field, would like answered. What can manufacturers to do combat the rise of the cost base in China? How does China as an export platform compare to “made in China for China” and of course, how has the global financial crisis changed manufacturing in China? Chicago Booth and Goodyear invite you to join us for a discussion with Booth alumni and manufacturing professionals who will share their expertise and perspective on the current environment, and hear their take on the future of the manufacturing role.