Has the West Given Up on Manufacturing?

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nimantha.d
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Re: New Trend - Made in Germany
nimantha.d   10/16/2012 11:17:33 AM
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Yes me too for any quality product. You can see the quality by checking the name of which it was made from.

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Douglas Alexander   10/16/2012 1:20:54 AM
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Bolaji, In my previous post I asked if the EU commission was participating? I read the blog again and saw that indeed there is a representative on board. Could you ask this question of the EU Commission rep during Q&A? Please ask how the funding required to enact more policy will impact the REACH funding requirements which are already over the EU's budget? Thanks.

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Douglas Alexander   10/16/2012 12:30:54 AM
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@Bolaji, this almost sounds like Germany could be integral in policy leadership across all business sectors where government support could help not just in manufacturing but also the acceleration of the entire supply chain. The amount and nature of European policy will depend upon how economical, implement able, and enforceable it isthroughout all member states. I cannot believe how many policy innovations are already being partially or completely funded by the EU Commission. Does this conference have EU Commission members in attendance or is this more of a grass roots movement towards getting the government's attention on behalf of business interests?

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New Trend - Made in Germany
_hm   10/15/2012 7:44:14 PM
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This is a very encouraging news. I find many made in Germany products. I did see laundry pair at Costco with Made in Germany tag and I was very happy and purchase same. I like made in USA and Germany and will spend more money.

 

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Re: Has the West given up?
Ariella   10/15/2012 3:31:30 PM
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@Barbara but those misleadingly European brands then actually signify American jobs, not really a bad thing for those of us in the USA.

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Has the West given up?
Barbara Jorgensen   10/15/2012 3:25:37 PM
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Another reason that Germany has retained some of its manufacturing prowess, specifically in automotive, is its refusal to compromise on quality. There's a spillover effect on "German engineering". I just did a quick search on Keurig coffeemakers, which sound German to me. They are made in Reading, Mass. Haagen-Dazs is also made in the US, but the name was made up to sound European. Perception still matters.

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Bolaji Ojo   10/15/2012 3:25:27 PM
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The challenges involved here are numerous and I believe that is one reason why this particular event is especially important for Europe. I will focus on these issues in subsequent blogs but each nation needs to have a dialogue on what roles it expects its companies and government to play in manufacturing. Letting the market sort it out might seem to be a good idea but the inherent inefficiencies and lack of clarity in how the market works haven't helped. Please take the poll we just posted on this subject and let me know what you think.

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Ariella   10/15/2012 3:19:04 PM
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@Bolaji It's an interesting topic. I do hope that there is room for other countries to contribute a piece to the marketing pie. It would offer job opportunities there and more choice for sourcing elsewhere. 



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