Environment, IPR, and Cheap Laptops: WSJ is on Fire!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 19:51

the last 24 hours have been active for the journal today, and they have done a good job of reporting on the above three issues:

1) The environment:
In their article Walk of Shame Jane Spencer reports that dozens of MNCs in China have been highlighted as polluters in a recent report entitled Greece Choice. A compilation of records from around the country, this report has been back by 20 environmental NGOs and outs Pepsi, Suzuki, Nestle, and Danone.

ctually a few months old (see our post here ), this report highlights what is to come for companies operating in China who thought that they could circumnavigate the environmental safeguards of their home countries by opening up shop in China.

Bill Valentino’s (probably the most well respected foreigner in the NGO game in China) comment at the end sums it up very nicely “Companies should be getting to this issue before the activists do”.

2) IPR
The second article, covered by, reports that the American Chamber of Commerce (Beijing based AMCHAM) will hold 3 days of discussions with senior government leaders about protecting intellectual property rights.

One of the only cases where operational and political goals are aligned, IPR is a huge topic for everyone, and no matter how small the gain may be, any win is a win.

However, the tone was set by John Chambers when he told reporters “We’re not talking about fairy tales — we’re talking about very specific issues,”

3) Cheap Laptops:
In a third piece relevant to China, Dell announced that they will offer a laptop for 335USD (I hope they are hedging the RMB with those margins) in China (and other developing countries).

With many second and third their cities coming up, this strategy could end up being a strong play that results in strong penetration rates in homes that are currently unable to afford pc.

Unlike some cheap laptops that are offered to support the laptop brigades found at your local Starbucks, expect a large number of these to be purchased by families for children in school.

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2 Responses to “Environment, IPR, and Cheap Laptops: WSJ is on Fire!”

  1. Eric says:

    March 22nd, 2007 at 2:10 am

    Hi, I just posted this up on Shanghaiist, so I feel obliged to make a correction: Dell is not selling a $335 USD laptop but a desktop. All your other comments are spot on, and with the local OEMs (Haier specifically, Founder next) positioning themselves to attach the sub Tier 3 city market that the MII is trying to “computerize,” I think this is a good strategic play for Dell. But the days of a fully functioning notebook computer at this price point has not quite arrived…though we’re getting close

    Great blog, btw, I enjoy reading it very much

  2. rbrubaker says:

    March 22nd, 2007 at 6:11 am

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks for correcting me on that. However, when you say Haier spectifically.. don’t you mean through Founder?

    Shanghaiist is one of my favorites and daily reads. You all are putting out great stuff!