Posts Tagged ‘Manufacturing’

Intel Shuts Shanghai Plant, Electrolux Shuts Changsha Plant, and McDonald’s Drops Prices

Thursday, February 5, 2009 9:04 Comments Off on Intel Shuts Shanghai Plant, Electrolux Shuts Changsha Plant, and McDonald’s Drops Prices

Three big announcements and 2 juicy rumors today highlight the fact that the scale of the global downturn is growing. Fast. Big Announcements: 1) Intel shuts Shanghai factory and lays off 2,000 to move inland 2) Electrolux closes refrigerator factory in Changsha as part of a wider move to move from low end products to […]

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Chengdu Investment News: Oct 15, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 23:58 Comments Off on Chengdu Investment News: Oct 15, 2008

1. First Chengdu Forum on Acceptance of Global Industrial Shift held in Chengdu On September 25th, the first Chengdu Forum on Acceptance of Global Industrial Shift sponsored by Chengdu Municipal People’s Government was held in the city, where gathered over 300 guests including representatives from multinational companies, persons in charge of key industrial parks in […]

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When Outsourcing is CLEARLY Not in Your Long Term Interests

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 23:03 1 Comment

The scenario is always the same. An executive team is in China assessing the opportunities for China based manufacturing.  they want to meet potential partners, understand the environment, see what the conditions on the ground are, etc. They have heard from others, and seen in the media (blogs inlcuded), that China can save them money… […]

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China’s Milk Test Melamine Free, But Will Anyone Buy It?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 1:50 8 Comments

Yesterday afternoon I was talking to another member of the Shanghai community while hanging around the pool and we were discussing the issue of how this recent scandal will impact the public’s faith in the food systems. It’s clear that the milk firms have a long way to go to rebuild confidence with consumers, and […]

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Innovation and Design in China

Monday, September 15, 2008 10:12 Comments Off on Innovation and Design in China

There are a lot of varying opinions on China’s level of innovation. Many externally to China would be quick to point out that China is a society lacking innovation or will copy anything rather than speak of China’s history of innovation (gun powder, paper, etc). For me, I see both sides.  I see where you […]

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Cheap Products Made in China Are Not Just Cheap Chinese Products

Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:37 19 Comments

While China has become a country that has begun to manufacture nearly everything, or components of nearly everything, it is still being dogged as a country who only produces low quality crap on a regular basis. It is something that for me defies logic as I know that Dell, Philips, and Samsung, Panasonic, Nokia and […]

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Adidas: A Proud Sponsor of the Beijing Games

Sunday, August 17, 2008 21:01 5 Comments

With firms spending 80-100 M USD to be sponsors of the Olympic Games, there are going to be questions. What I have found interesting through my discussions around this topic, and through reading the perspective of others, is that it is all in the matter of context.  Whether firms were trying to use this as […]

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Transportation Costs and Their Impact on the China Model

Monday, August 11, 2008 7:39 5 Comments

A topic I first covered 15 months ago in the post Accounting for Transportation Costs , I wrote about how companies were failing to full account for when making their decision to move to China.  Even before oil hit 155 a barrel, this was important stuff that was often being skipped over. but,as role of […]

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