Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bucking the Offshoring Trend

Perhaps you saw the ABC television show Made In America where every non-US made item was removed from a "typical American suburban" home. No surprise that in a very short time, the home was stripped bare.

Apparently a number of US manufacturers are rethinking some of their production practices, including reversing the trend to subcontract manufacturing to China. In a Wired Magazine article entitled "Made in America: Small Businesses Buck the Offshoring Trend" author Brendan I. Koerner explains why many manufacturers are coming to grips with the headaches and hassles inherent in offshore assembly.

Koerner writes "In early 2010, somewhere high above the northern hemisphere, Mark Krywko decided he’d had enough. The CEO of Sleek Audio, a purveyor of high-end earphones, Krywko was flying home to Florida after yet another frustrating visit to Dongguan, China, where a contract factory assembled the majority of his company’s products. He and his son, Jason, Sleek Audio’s cofounder, made the long trip every few months to troubleshoot quality flaws. Every time the Krywkos visited Dongguan, their Chinese partners assured them everything was under control. Those promises almost always proved empty...The headaches had finally become too exasperating to bear. And so, on that flight, he turned to Jason and said that he was done with Dongguan. “I can’t do it anymore,” he said. “Let’s bring it home."

Read the entire article or listen to Robin Young's interview with Brendan Koerner.

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