@Clairvoyant, i cant disagree with you on that. It may actually be the way the game has been played closely to the public. But how would Apple's investors perceived the move --- higher wages, taxation and other operating costs? Would the move not impact on the payment of dividends? No matter what, I cant see reasons why the likes of Apple & co not create more jobs especially in US. Yet a good news to supply chain sector though.
I didn't rule out the possibility of design and assembly in the USA. I'm sure it may eventually happen at some point and over a period of years. The point is at present, America still lacks the skill required to encourage the scale, speed and efficiency Apple placed on its Chinese manufacturing. Apple's strategy is about who can build the greatest number of item in a shortest period.
>>But can it really design and manufacture in the USA?<<
Why not? I could recollect in the 90s when Nokia phone dominates world markets. They were 3 types of Nokia phones then - (1) Made in Finland (2) Made in UK (3) Made in China. The most sought after among the 3 makes was made in Finland.
Wale, "Designed and Manufactured in the USA" hmmm! Good thoughts. I believe Apple's move is strategic and I applaud that. But can it really design and manufacture in the USA? Apple's executive said "the US has stopped producing the people with the skills we need" In spite of kick starting training, I think America is at present unable to match the scale of production Apple demands from its china assembly plant.
I can't imagine what would happen if at some point Apple is forced to have, in the same market, Macs built in China and in the US... and people start choosing one over the other (based on a different quality or perceived quality).
Perfect timing for Apple to "eliminate Negative PR". Apple's move to return some of its manufacturing business to the USA will certainly add to the continued manufacturing growth witnessed in the USA. The manufacturing sectors have been reported to lead American economy out of the recession. Profits generated from reshoring manufacturing companies alone in 2011 is reported to have increased by 25%. I don't think the likes of Apple would like to miss out. Apple has the clout to make the difference at a time when negative press coverage about the companies activities heightened. Good move!
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