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Taiwan’s New Gravity

How bad is the labor problem in China? We are aware, of course, of the steady hikes in wages, which have annually risen by at least double-digits for over a decade. But now it’s being reported that Taiwan-based component makers … Continue reading

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System Failure

Apple is front and center today saying the death of a 15-year-old worker at one of its subcontractors was not the result of conditions at the Pegatron factory in Shanghai. The teenager died of pneumonia, according to news reports. He … Continue reading

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Why a Tight Supply Chain Is Actually Less Restrictive

This is a great first-hand account of why a tech OEM found manufacturing in Mexcio to be far superior to China. The shorter supply chain, lower inventory, access to plentiful skilled engineering and machine talent (and accountants versed in manufacturing … Continue reading

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Is A New Vision Needed?

China’s industry minister has put forth an aggressive goal of building five to eight giants in the electronics industry with $16-plus billion in sales in the next two years through consolidation and overseas acquisitions and alliances. The Ministry of Information … Continue reading

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China Chemical Registration

As of March 1, 2013, the following must obtain an appropriate Registration Certificate for Environmental Management Registration for Hazardous Chemicals in China: newly established companies that produce hazardous chemicals companies using hazardous chemicals for production purposes companies importing or exporting … Continue reading

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Outsiders Taking Over

Is the bloom off the rose in Vietnam? The Vietnam News Service is reporting that with many businesses shifting from production to imports, Vietnam’s electronics industry is “standing on the verge of extinction.” More than 90% of the nation’s electronics … Continue reading

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New CEO Mitchell Breathing Life in IPC

The early feedback is that new IPC CEO John Mitchell has brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to an organization that had lost its drive and character after 11 years under the previous regime. Among the early changes include … Continue reading

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3 Thoughts on Foxconn

A few thoughts on Foxconn in the wake of last night’s Fair Labor Association report: 1. Not that Mike Daisey feels much better today, but the excessive overtime was clearly way out of whack with Chinese law. 2. The FLA … Continue reading

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How Much Would You Pay?

Would you be willing to pay for more “fair-trade” electronics? The host of This American Life, a public radio show based in Chicago, revives that debate in a recent segment on Mike Daisey —  the author of The Agony and Ecstasy … Continue reading

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GKG: Westward Ho?

Southeast Asian assembly process equipment companies have approached Western markets in fits and starts. A few have made inroads: From time to time, we have seen JT and Fulongwin soldering equipment at US plants, usually smaller ones (Flextronics is an … Continue reading

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