There is a lot of talk about how manufacturing is moving overseas. Others talk about how this will lead to the demise of design in Europe and America. That’s why I was so surprised by this report published by the OECD in May 2007:
The Changing Nature of Manufacturing in OECD Economies
A few of the more interesting nuggets:
- The number of Chinese employed in manufacturing has been declining for the decade up to 2002.
- The value of manufacturing (not as % of economy) has been increasing in the west.
- The textile industry is, by far, the manufacturing industry responsible for outsourcing of manufacturing jobs overseas.
- The biggest factor to the reduction of employment in western manufacturing is increased productivity.
There is also some stuff on R&D in there that somewhat applies to design.
I hope this makes people think as much as it made me. Especially considering the election on American’s minds these days!