@Garyk, One of the more puzzling aspects of the global supply chain today is how complex things have become. Even companies that think they've diversified operations often found themselves held captive by the absence of a small but critical component.
Diversification can mean having more than one source for a particular set of components but sometimes companies may find that their suppliers are located in the same region. Yes, they should verify location but imagine if you have to do that for all of the components that go into a single equipment? Risks can be mitigated, it cannot be eliminated completely from the supply chain.
I'm sorry my message wasn't clear. I agree the government has to plan for the natual disasters. My message was for company's putting all there eggs in one basket, meaning suppliers of materials and products should not be one company or several companys in one county that would be unable to supply products if a Natual Disaster occures. You are absolutely correct. If the Thilands government isn't addressing the disaster in there country that there problem, there probably waiting for the USA to re-build there country.
"Forget the govenment, why should the govenment of any country get envoled?"
Well, to start with, any government of a country that experiences natural disasters should have the issue on the agenda. It's not only for the manufacturing companies, or any other company for that matter; it's for the whole nation's safety, protecting their jobs and homes, and the population, you see.
If the manufacturing companies decide to move their business elsewhere a lot of people get unemployed. Shouldn't the government think of this, too, and try to act fast in preventing the same last year´s results for next time?
I started reading your last article, and when I saw it part of a series I decided to start from the first one. Very interesting!
I particularly like that you have brought us a view from Thailand's manufacturing world after the floods. Normally, we hear a lot about the big manufacturing hubs, and too little about the small ones, like Thailand.
"the government hasn't significantly progressed in taking measures that would prevent wide-scale flooding from reoccurring in the future. So what has been done, and what needs doing?"
That is a surprise. One would think that the logical thing to do would be to take immediate action looking into the future, right?
the government hasn't significantly progressed in taking measures that would prevent wide-scale flooding from reoccurring in the future.
@Jennifer, thanks for the post. Its really surprising to know that inspite of such huge devastation last year, government hasn't significantly progressed in taking measures that would prevent wide-scale flooding from reoccurring. Do you think slow response from the government will force the companies to move out of Thailand ?
@garyk absolutely, because if anything happens to that basket then..., oh, I'm so tempted to mix metaphors here and say your goose is cooked. Well, to put it another way, you need a plan B and sometimes even a plan C.
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Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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