Taiwanese Apple Manufacturer Plants its Flag in US Soil
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  • Corlyss

    Let’s hope they become callous exploiters of cheap American laborers.

  • This is a trend that’s been accelerating as product runs are getting shorter and interaction with product designers is increasingly tight. Also, these factories are so heavily automated that it doesn’t really matter where they are in terms of labor costs: stuff like shipping costs and energy costs end up becoming more interesting.

    One aside: logistics in China is a nightmare, especially once you’re more than a few miles from a port or big river.

    • mgoodfel

      I’m surprised labor costs were ever much of a factor. A $400 iPad has how much final assembly labor in it? 10 minutes?

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Energy costs aren’t the only thing driving this foreign investment in the US. Foreign countries are reaching the limits of currency manipulation to give their businesses a price advantage. When the snap back occurs, businessmen want to be in a position to benefit from a US price advantage for the first time in many decades. There is over $5 Trillion in US Treasuries being held by foreign banks, and it is inevitable that much of that money must be repatriated.

  • Andrew Allison

    This overlooks the fact that the US manufacturing competitive disadvantage declines in proportion to the decline in amount of labor in electronics (or any other) production. Unhappily, this does nothing for US workers,

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