Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jun 2012 09:24 UTC
Google "Buried somewhat quietly in the noise of Google's spate of announcements today was an interesting fact: the Nexus Q, Google's new media streamer and first self-built consumer hardware, is being manufactured in the United States." Just getting their toes wet, for sure, but it's interesting it's Google making the first attempt to bring back production to the west. I won't comment on whether or not production should move back in the first place, but in all honesty, I expected Apple to be the one to make the first move here.
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by Kroc on Thu 28th Jun 2012 09:37 UTC
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One has to understand that things are not manufactured in China now just because it’s cheap — that may have been the case in the ’80s and ’90s — it’s because you cannot build stuff anywhere else, there isn’t the technology.

China has built an industry of building stuff. They have the machines, they have the processes, they have the 2-million employee factories. We need to get out of our head that China is some backwater cheap place where stuff is thrown together; there is the investment of technology out there (by necessity) that outstrips the ’West.

China is the _only_ place you can manufacture certain things. Google, even Apple would absolutely struggle to build their premier product in America. Neither the talent nor the resources exists there.

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