The 4 Types of Factories in China
David Dayton over at Silk Road International has an excellent article detailing what he terms the "Three and a Half Kinds of Factories". For someone new to China or a company looking to break down their search for factories into segments, this article gives some insight into the nature of the factories based on the types of customers they currently service.
The 4 different types of factories are: 'Purely Domestic', 'Mostly Domestic, Partly International', 'Purely International' and 'Limited International'.
David does a great job of breaking them down. For more details, have a look at the original post: Three and a Half Kinds of Factories.