@wale, I understand your point. In effect it confirms this song by Kelly Clarkson- "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" Isn't? I suppose it's the right thing for Seagate to do - planning, streamlining and strategy to cope and forge ahead despite its challenges.
There will be challenges any where you go in the world. The thing is some of them will be foreseen and others will be unforeseen. The firms can mitigate risks that are foreseen while the unforeseen ones like floods, earthquakes etc cannot be mitigated unless they actually occur. Yes, you can plan for safety precautions and instill practices that will yield a minimum loss to the firm but there will be some kind of impact because of natural disasters. The key point is to get going again once you hit a roadblock!
There are many factors that are considered before actually setting up a manufacturing unit. Economic, political and infrastructural factors are always taken into consideration. Apart from these factors any other incentives from the Government like tax breaks etc further help to convince the manufacturer to come to a certain region.
Attitude is what matters the most for manufacturing concerns. You should be prepared and willing to move forward after a disaster and that is what differentiates good companies from the rest. Seagate is doing a great job in trying to expand business in this region and their attitude is commendable.
It's apparent Seagate is undeterred by Thailand's flood disaster which affected the company last year. Seagate like many other technological and manufacturing industries has realized business potentials and growth in this region and are willing to forge ahead despite challenges. Good on them.
I recently read that western companies are planning to cut offshore manufacturing due to complex supply chain, increasing labor cost and political pressure. Tata's case is different as this is limited to one region only. I would rather see Tata's case as an example of how manufacturing will shift from one region to another if there is not enough policy and political support.
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