Thursday, August 16, 2007

China keeps making the news

These last few months there have been successive news stories on China product quality and safety regarding poor construction or wrong materials (harmful in some cases) being added as cost cutting measures or due to negligence.

In my almost 20 years in Taiwan, I've seen similar scenarios. More earlier on, less as of late fortunately. Most of the production we do is fairly technically oriented and doesn't merit going to China or uses proprietary materials we compound here. I've encountered just about every different situation you can imagine involving colleagues in house and suppliers outside.

I would really encourage buyers that deal in technical or industrial components and products to consider Taiwan over China and achieve greater peace of mind. China's quality awareness level and ability will rise over time. Taiwan's proficiency did as well and therefore is an excellent source for supplying sophisticated photonics, optics, and technical electronics.

Kudos to Terry Gou (郭台銘) for recent WSJ article on Foxconn here. While they have most assembly and many components done in China, they are still producing a lot here and adding to Taiwan's continued role in high tech design. Alas, still no IPhone love here in Taiwan but I'm dreaming on my Nokia 95.

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