The IT industry is Dongguan's engine for development. In 2012, the manufacturing of communications related products, computer technology and other electronics had shown tremendous growth, achieving 311 billion RMB in industrial output value. As an important computer manufacturing electronic parts purchasing base, 1 out of every 5 computers in the world is made in Dongguan.
The industry covers all 32 towns; with 15 national-level IT bases and 2 provincial industrial clusters upgrade model areas in Shilong and Shijie. The Shilong IT cluster produced 16 billion RMB in 2010, 90.7 percent of the local industrial output. There are a total of 275 IT companies in the area, completing more than 100 scientific research and technology research projects in the past 5 years. The Shijie IT cluster produced 33.4 billion RMB in 2010, 85 percent of the local industrial output. There are a total of 450 companies in the area.