HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Feature

Time for Obama to End Timidity on US Tech Manufacturing Jobs

Page 1 / 3 Next >
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 3/9  >  >>
George Leopold
User Rank
Blogger
Re: R&D outsourcing? No way
George Leopold   2/1/2012 6:25:08 PM
NO RATINGS
Tim, I have seen the same exported factory machinery in China and other parts of Asia. In Indonesia, which touts itself as a lower cost alternative to China (imagine that!), nearly all the managers were ex-pats, mostly Americans.

George Leopold
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Timidity
George Leopold   2/1/2012 6:21:58 PM
NO RATINGS
For the record, "Architect," the original title of my commentary was:

"Time to play hard ball on tech manufacturing"

George Leopold
User Rank
Blogger
Re: R&D outsourcing? No way
George Leopold   2/1/2012 6:18:27 PM
NO RATINGS
We have spoken with U.S.-based companies like pc-board makers who say they have brought work back from Asia for the reasons jmiller has cited. Lower manufacturing costs in Asia were outweighed by low quality, logistics issues and communications problems. I'm guessing more of this type of mid-level, -volume manufacturing will come back from Asia.

George Leopold
User Rank
Blogger
Re: The Engine of Prosperity and Growth
George Leopold   2/1/2012 6:12:10 PM
NO RATINGS
I would take issue with the assertion that elimination of the tax on overseas profits would result in greater investment in the U.S. Many multinational companies are sitting on piles of cash now and have shown no inclination to invest in workers, infrastructure or innovative products. Moreover, many benefit from the U.S. R&D tax credit, but you'd be hard pressed to find a single innovation since this "tax incentive" was created in 1981.

George Leopold
User Rank
Blogger
Re: SOTU and manufacturing
George Leopold   2/1/2012 6:05:13 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks to all who weighed in on this thread about the vital issue of reviving U.S. manufacturing.

On the issue of what we do to compete with the likes of Foxconn, we certainly can't replicate its model, nor would we want. We can fix our manufacturing problems while at the same time preserving the dignity of work. I believe we need to rebuild a flexible manufacturing base that can be quickly scaled up in order to compete with Asian manufacturers. The we leverage our unmatched worker productivity.

I'll next puruse other reader comments and respond where I can.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Global Market
Charles Murray   1/31/2012 7:36:52 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for your point about our civil discussions, Zachary. You'll just have to come back here more often now.

SJSUBusAct
User Rank
Iron
Global Market
SJSUBusAct   1/31/2012 6:37:04 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree with a lot of what everyone here has to say. It is important that we do reverse unemployment and get jobs back for many Americans. The task though is no longer bringing back jobs to America, the way we have structured the global marketplace today could simply not support it. Instead we must create new jobs to support and give structure to the jobs we have moved oversees. Yes, bringing back jobs would result in a few more Americans getting back jobs, but if we can build a stronger support network for the future, we will have created a strong enough infrastruture if or when jobs are to come back to America. 

By the way, it is amazing the way everyone discusses things here unlike yahoo and other ridiculous sites that simply post racist, religious, and outrageous things that are most likely due to a lack of education.

Zachary

Tcrook
User Rank
Gold
Re: Reality check
Tcrook   1/31/2012 12:48:17 PM
NO RATINGS
@Dave,   Yeah, I agree with your accessment of doing business in China although I bet the Chinese pave the way for companies like Foxcon.  It's no doubt a nightmare for little startups.  

My point was that it's also harder for small startups here.  And unlike very large companies, small startups in the US would not even THINK of locating in China.  So which should we be doing more to encourage?

Alexander Wolfe
User Rank
Blogger
Take our Poll
Alexander Wolfe   1/31/2012 11:55:07 AM
NO RATINGS
If you've weighed in here, please take our Quick Poll on "Should the government support the return of manufacturing jobs to the US?" It's on the lower right side of the Design News home page. Results so far are here. The answer options are:

a) Yes, by funding research, education, and tax credits

b) Yes, in principle, but without spending taxpayer money

c) No, the government shouldn't pick winners and losers

d) No opinion

Surprisingly, 64% have so far answered a.

Dave Palmer
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Reality check
Dave Palmer   1/31/2012 10:26:55 AM
@Tcrook: I agree that an "us vs. them" attitude can be counterproductive.  I just wanted to point out the fallacy of thinking that regulations are driving U.S. companies to go to China.  Some regulations can and do hurt business, but the Chinese government's level of intervention in the economy dwarfs that of the U.S, so an aversion to regulation is clearly not the driving force.  As your example suggests, the real driving force is access to cheap goods and services produced by cheap labor.

As your example also shows, the idea that the U.S. can't compete with China in manufacturing is also false.  In spite of our flaws, I think we actually have a lot of good things going for us.  With smart government policy, combined with private initiative and technological innovation, we can have a bright future.

<<  <  Page 3/9  >  >>
Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
At Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, Joe Wascow told Design News how Optimal Design prototyped a machine that captures the wing-beat of a duck.
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Oct 20 - 24, How to Design & Build an Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 11:00 AM
Sponsored by Stratasys
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Gates Corporation
Next Class: 11/11-11/13 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service