yo wrote:Even if it is just assembly it is something though no?
Forbes wrote:Automation, however, essentially eliminates the advantages of China as a manufacturing platform for the world. Robotized production in China is no cheaper than robotized production in, say, Texas or California, where Foxconn maintains manufacturing facilities. And so it should come as no surprise that, as Foxconn replaces humans with machines, Apple CEO Tim Cook told NBC’s Brian Williams on Thursday that next year his company will manufacture one of its Mac computers in the U.S.
Even though Cook’s announcement could have been “political”—a “token gesture” as one observer in Hong Kong sniffed—it nonetheless is part of a broader narrative of factories fleeing China. After all, Apple is not the only company to recently announce it was “onshoring.” Lenovo, China’s largest maker of PCs, in October said it would move some computer manufacturing to its North Carolina facility, and General Electric has been transferring production back to Appliance Park in Louisville. Small- and medium-sized manufacturers are started to return to the U.S. as well.
Cyberdemon wrote:I take all of this with a bit of a grain of salt. 90% of the components Apple (and everyone in the electronics industry) uses are still made by other companies in Asia, so the real question is are they just going to use this as PR where they machine a few bits and sandwich it all together and print a "Made in USA" sticker on it.
Timf wrote:There really isn't much of a choice. The Chinese government has stated that the new goal is to move manufacturing from externally focused to internally focused. Whether Chinese manufacturers really want to do this or not, it has been stated by the government as THE goal so anyone who does not follow the line will find it difficult doing business. So the US really has to figure out how to bring manufacturing back, because really there is no choice.