@FLYINGSCOT, well, yes and no. But I do agree that I think with consumer electronics specifically, consumers do indeed care very little.
Obviously there are "issues" with how Apple's products are produced in China, but even despite the fact that a good chunk of Apple users are likely to care about such things... it's not as if there is widespread outrage and Apple certainly isn't likely to move operations to America.
But outside of consumer electronics, yes, of course consumers care where their product is from. I personally realized something I had been eating was made in China, and no longer purchase it. Obviously, it DOES matter where the product came from in some cases.
Saying people won't buy products made in China because people want to keep their jobs is being closed minded and not looking at the big world picture. The United States is not only one of the largest importers of goods, we are also the largest exporter of goods. If the rest of the worlds population said they weren't buying anything from any other country, the U.S. included, then nobody would be importing or exporting. In fact, just because you bought an "American Car", doesn't mean all of the parts are manufactured in the U.S.
You want a prime example, the U.S. is the worlds largest wheat exporter. People talk about how bad the farmers have it, if they couldn't export their crops, this country would have even more financial issues.
jbond, your right! But CHINA wants to control all the free worlds manufacturing, not there fair share. All the free world country's have lose of job's. What imports does CHINA let into there country? Your comment about American cars is interesting, what car is an American car? Japan, Germany build cars in the US, but they don't use US parts! The US builds cars in other county's, but don't use all US parts? Do you see the big picture?
Jbond, Good information! Lets study the Table, Machinery to copy, the rest of the stuff is to keep there manufacturing going. Chevy is part of Toyota or Toyota is part of Chevy? We're driving Honda and Toyota because of reliability! Can 80% of people people driving foreign cars, Honda and Toyota all be wrong? When your on the FWY look to the right and left and the percentage of foreign cars!
How about CHINA IMPORTS of shoes, shiirts, cloths in general, sports equipment, books, after market replacement parts for cars, not to mention all the counterfieting thats going on in CHINA!
Saying people won't buy products made in China because people want to keep their jobs is being closed minded and not looking at the big world picture.
@jbond, I totally agree with your observation. Globalization is the reality everyone has to live with irrespective of whether they like it or not. One good thing about globalization is there is global competition between companies which makes them to innovate to stay in the competition. Thus because of globalization some countries might gain, some countries might loose but in the end customer wins.
"Saying people won't buy products made in China because people want to keep their jobs is being closed minded and not looking at the big world picture."
Actually, business rules are not as simple like that. A company is first accountable to its shareholders, not to its country. But there is nothing wrong about people wish to see some of the oversea jobs come back home.
Majority of us that want these manufacturing companies to come back home are in the consuming end. To the shareholders, as long as the returns are great, they will like it to stay off shore. Country's pride of having them at home is not paramont in the heart of the shareholders except they recieve certain level of acceptability that can make their investment yield as expected. We will continue to dream it and say it perhaps one day our dreams will come true. We absolutely need to minimize outsourcing and bring these jobs back to the country. Factors that may effect this change may be enormous but it is possible.
“Rising cost is a primary driver………….A second driver is increasing global risk”
Jennifer, yes the labour cost is increasing in China and this makes a second thought to most of the investors. Now a day’s most of the investments are happening to nearby Asian countries and Philippines. The second factor global rise is common for all the investments irrespective of location.
If rising cost of labor is posing a challenge in China, then the fear of Quality product may be another and this may pose a challenge to the shareholders. Global economic challenges stand to be another thing that will affect the production level hence determining the cost of goods made and sold.
There's no shortage of small to midsize EMS companies willing to bring offshore business "back home." It won't require building a massive infrastructure either. China has benefited from the influx of manufacturing and will continue to add to its infrastructure. We already have it. Regionalization should be pretty seamless in most areas of the Americas and the EU.
The costs of Chinese labor, fuel, and transportation are all increasing faster than most expected.
@Jennifer, thanks for the post. I think inflation is bigger threat to not only china but to all the developing nations. For example in India also GDP growth has reduced drastically because of inflation. Weakening currency is one of the major reasons why inflation is so high in developing nations.
In the case of bulky electronic equipment, the transportation cost of shipping the manufactured products may be very high. Companies may find it more profitable to ship raw materials to the other country and manufacture the final product there. I think this may be the reason why regionalization is increasing.
It is well known fact that the manufacturing costs a same product will vary the regional where it is coming from. It is mainly because cost of the product is function of several parameters like labor, raw material, electricity, transportation required to transfer raw material. These are basic reasons are which are causing regionalization.
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