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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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No Counterfeits, No Excuses

In a move that already is causing no small degree of consternation, President Obama last Saturday signed a new law that places the onus squarely on the Pentagon’s supply chain for ensuring all electronics components in all defense products are … Continue reading

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Cost Breakdowns Break Down

While I’m at it, here’s an interesting blog item deconstructing the cost savings Apple achieves by manufacturing in China. (Hint: It’s not as great as you’d think.)

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The Chinese Diaspora

In what might be the most fascinating labor development to come out of China this year, major ODMs are relocating workers west due to labor shortages. One major reason companies in Shenzhen packed up their factories and moved inland (with … Continue reading

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The Chinese Diaspora

In what might be the most fascinating labor development to come out of China this year, major ODMs are relocating workers west due to labor shortages. One major reason companies in Shenzhen packed up their factories and moved inland (with … Continue reading

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Boston Bulls

To the list of those bullish on the prospects for US manufacturing, add the Boston Consulting Group. The consultancy group has issued a report that, in essence, gives China about five years before the gap between the two nations is … Continue reading

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Researchers’ Take on Trade Wars Hard to Swallow

A group of researchers are asserting that onshoring low-cost manufactured goods back from China would not solve the US’s current economic woes. The cost of an Apple iPad, they point out, includes about $10 for the workers who assemble it … Continue reading

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China Inc. Hits a Snag

DigiTimes is reporting that a new round of fees levied by China on MNCs doing business there has bankrupted hundreds of electronics companies, and threatens the solvency of thousands more. The fees, which underwrite worker medical and injury insurance, are … Continue reading

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China Repeals Policy That Favors Chinese

We’ve blogged about China before (see China Is More E Than E-Waste These Days). In his article for Harvard Business Review called “What’s Wrong With America’s Innovation Policies,” Bruce Nussbaum talks about China’s “Fast Follower” innovation policy and how it’s … Continue reading

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The Free Flow of Fakes

While it’s true that counterfeit parts are pervading all aspects of the electronics supply chain (not to mention consuming all amounts of oxygen from industry pundits such as yours truly), is it possible our sense of fear is overblown? By … Continue reading

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