lunes, 23 de enero de 2012

Why Apple Makes iPhones In China

Hi folks,

please fin below a really interesting doc from  by Henry Blodge.

 Your iPhone is built, in part, by 13-year olds working for ~70 cents an hour. But that's not the only reason Apple builds them in Shenzhen.

Apple does not build iPhones in USA, just because there is no longer an ecosystem here to support that manufacturing.
There´s no supply chain, there aren´t enought supoer-low-cost employees and not enought mid-level engineers.

  The real reasons Apple makes iPhones in China, therefore, are as follows:
  • Most of the components of iPhones and iPads — the supply chain — are now manufactured in China, so assembling the phones half-a-world away would create huge logistical challenges. It would also reduce flexibility — the ability to switch easily from one component supplier or manufacturer to another.
  • China's factories are now far bigger and more nimble than those in the United States. They can hire (and fire) tens of thousands of workers practically overnight. Because so many of the workers live on-site, they can also press them into service at a moment's notice. And they can change production practices and speeds extremely rapidly. 
  • China now has a far bigger supply of appropriately-qualified engineers than the U.S. does — folks with the technical skills necessary to build complex gadgets but not so credentialed that they cost too much.
  • And, lastly, China's workforce is much hungrier and more frugal than many of their counterparts in the United States.
Read more here.

Dou you still think that this is only a financial crisis ?...

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