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From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (3/16/2012)

Here’s a fascinating story which originally appeared in the Atlantic on how and where American companies choose to place their China-based factories. There is certainly a James Bond quality to the corporate espionage apparently going back and forth between China and the object of its desire, DuPont.  Specifically, the chemical equation for a product the Chinese government [...]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (2/24/2012)

Yes, it’s still mid-winter.  Yes, the now-off colored white stuff is still hanging in there tenaciously (and, in fact, as I write this if you’re in the Midwest like me you’re being pelted even today by inch after inch of wet, thick heavy, slushy snow).  And yes, each morning I’m still just as likely to turn on the [...]

China in Trouble, Both High and Low

I don’t know about you, but I can help but find myself these days occasionally tripping over the irony that currently litters the manufacturing landscape in China.  Not only have those at the very bottom of China’s economic food chain – the millions of hourly workers in its many low-salary, high-stress, high-volume sweat shops – [...]