I hope that people in higher ups will appreciate all of the advantages that come from getting parts made here in the states. Often the cost per part might be a little higher and thus the choice is made to go to China. However, it's all of those other little advantages that add up to make the total cost less. Quality and avoiding service calls can add up in a hurry. But for some reason people don't see that sometimes. It can be very frustrating.
Sounds like the "good ole days" and makes sense especially for smaller volumes. My friend works for distributors that buy from China in large volumes and the stories I get to hear about communication issues and lack of QC makes one wonder why companies go overseas - but it boils down to cost. If Twisted Traces can increase efficiency to drive down cost and make their products competitive that would be a great trend for others to follow! Consumer expectation is so low - wouldn't it be great if we could revert back to quality made in U.S.A. products that are built to function well and last?!
I like the comment about how this strategy can be especially effective for smaller markets. Competing against Asian manufacturers can frequently be done if the product is high mix/low volume. Sounds like this company also offers a lot different value options for their customers (turnkey design and production services).
We went from a manufacturing economy to a service economy. When even the services went offshore (calling a tech support line connects you to some place on the opposite side of the Pacific Ocean), things had to change.
This is good for the 'Made in USA' movement, which is small to medium manufacturing.
Manufacturing in most of Asia, SE Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa is on a massive scale. At a certain point, the volume dictates the pricing. It's the different in producing tens of thousands vs tens of millions per week.
How can this help North America "beat" Asian manufacturing? At this point, manufacturing in different parts of the world is really worlds apart. Small-medium, niche, even handcrafted items can be made in N.A and Europe but the cost is high. I can see this helping bring the cost down for the smaller markets. How do you see it used in larger scale production?
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