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madengr
11-08-2012, 09:50 PM
What comes around goes around. Notice an iPhone is too complex to build in the US, so we get the easy stuff, along with training in China on product design and manufacturing.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2012/11/08/foxconn-sees-new-source-of-cheap-labor-the-united-states/



Foxconn Electronics – the China-based contract electronics manufacturer also known as Hon Hai – is planning to build manufacturing plants in the U.S., DigiTimes reports, in a story attributed to “market watchers.”

The company is reportedly evaluating “cites such as Detroit and Los Angeles.”

The story says that “since the manufacturing of Apple’s products is rather complicated, the market watchers expect the rumored plants to focus on LCD TV production, which can be highly automated and easier.”

Nice to think they will be hiring here…but still a fascinating insult to U.S. manufacturing prowess, dontcha think – the idea that actually making Apple products is a little too complicated for Americans to handle…

The story notes that Foxconn chairman Terry Guo noted at a recent event that the company is planning a training program for U.S.-based engineers, bringing them to Taiwan or China to take part in the processes of product design and manufacturing. According to DigiTimes, Gou said the program will give the engineers an environment to learn the Chinese language and first-hand experience in the manufacturing process. The story says Foxconn is in discussion with Massachusetts Institute of Technology over such a program.

No word on whether Foxconn plans to house U.S. employees in corporate-owned dormitories.

Tpoints
11-09-2012, 12:24 AM
Yay! Jobs are coming back!

Occam's Banana
11-09-2012, 01:28 AM
Coming someday to a headline near you: Middle-Class Chinese College Students Protest Sweatshop Conditions in US

FindLiberty
11-09-2012, 02:23 AM
I can imagine "sweet green shoots" popping up near all the larger US and State prison locations:

Imagine millions of Amerikans working triple eight hour shifts, seven days per week, building low-cost couches, EZ-chairs and HDTV screens before returning to their “warm-bunk” prison cell beds for rest. That combination of low-cost (free) labor, reduced shipping costs and 30% higher prison capacity (at a lower cost) will make it possible to install a new 1984 view screen on every wall of every room in every home. Those on parole don’t need to feel left out either ‘cause there are also countless streets and buildings that still need CCTV camera coverage!

madengr
11-09-2012, 06:33 AM
I can imagine "sweet green shoots" popping up near all the larger US and State prison locations:

Imagine millions of Amerikans working triple eight hour shifts, seven days per week, building low-cost couches, EZ-chairs and HDTV screens before returning to their “warm-bunk” prison cell beds for rest. That combination of low-cost (free) labor, reduced shipping costs and 30% higher prison capacity (at a lower cost) will make it possible to install a new 1984 view screen on every wall of every room in every home. Those on parole don’t need to feel left out either ‘cause there are also countless streets and buildings that still need CCTV camera coverage!

Wow, I think you nailed it there. Over two million workers available in the prison industrial complex.

Back in the early 90's the fedgov saw the writing on the wall with CRT and heavily invested billions in an LCD manufacturing startup in CA, in attempt to leg-up Asia. That plant was shuttered before it became operational. It was no different than Solyndra, you just don't hear about it since it was pre Internet.

tod evans
11-09-2012, 06:41 AM
Wow, I think you nailed it there. Over two million workers available in the prison industrial complex.

Growing hourly.....:mad:

rpfocus
11-09-2012, 01:21 PM
The sooner we start that trade war, the better.

tod evans
11-09-2012, 01:23 PM
The sooner we start that trade war, the better.

We'll get our asses handed to us on a platter, just look at our foundries for one example...

Occam's Banana
11-09-2012, 02:12 PM
We'll get our asses handed to us on a platter, just look at our foundries for one example...

Exactly. When it comes to any "trade war" we are completely disarmed and helpless (unless you count loud-mouthed bluster as a weapon).

America used to be the undisputed Master of the the Machine-Tool Universe.

Now, thanks to MIC procurement processes (foremost among many other reasons), we're a complete joke at making stuff (or at making stuff that makes stuff, to be more precise - though we're not so hot at just plain making stuff, either).

All this has been excused & justified by pat lines of blather about the "New Economy" and how the laws of reality have fundamentally changed since we now live in the "Information Age."

Making stuff is just soooo 19th-century. Now we're just supposed to "consume" the stuff other people make for us, and everything will be sunshine & lollipops.

It is any wonder the economy is a basket case?