Although Chinese manufacturers are considered as latecomers or followers in global commodity chains, they have also been experiencing rapid progress in upgradingperformance from own equipment manufacturing (OEM), original design manufacturing (ODM) to own brand manufacturing (OBM). Current literature on the global commodity chain has focused primarily on economic conditions that help explain manufacture upgrade while giving limited attention to what marketingcapabilities support and sustain firm competitiveness through upgrading. This article examines eight different marketingcapabilities to assess influence on manufacture upgrade performance. A survey of electronics manufacturers in mainlandChina and HongKong shows the significance of individual marketingcapabilities and implications of their interdependency for manufacture upgrade performance. In particular, product development, marketing communication and channel management capabilities are crucial for manufacture upgrade. The results also highlight the importance of selective marketingcapability development and the potential of secondary support for the relationship between substantive and dynamic capabilities.