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george.leopold
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re: U.S., European manufacturers join forces to compete with China
george.leopold   6/27/2012 9:02:34 PM
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Agree, Duane. Surface Mount Technology is ITAR certified and has military customers. Since they are "designing the labor out" of manufacturing products, they won't create a lot of new manufacturing jobs. But any products that can be made here rather than in China is a plus for the U.S. economy, right?

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Duane Benson   6/27/2012 8:39:02 PM
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I think that a real key to competing with Chinese manufacturers is to take a look at what they can't easily do that customers still need. The logistics of over seas shipping can be mostly overcome with money, but not always. When an engineer is on such a tight schedule that they want to drop a kit off one morning and pick up a finished prototype the next morning, expensive air shipping isn't going to cut it. Some government contracts fall under ITAR (International Trafficking in Arms Regulations) and more or less has to be built in the U.S. I doubt that we'll ever see high volume consumer manufacturing back in this country, but there are still growth areas for American manufacturing.

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george.leopold   6/27/2012 6:12:17 PM
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Full disclosure: I am a native of Appleton, Wisconsin. My father worked for Kimberly-Clark for years.

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PCIe_Evangelist   6/27/2012 5:56:59 PM
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Go Wisconsin, it's not often a dateline from Appleton appears in this publication. Nice jobs supplement to a lagging print (paper) industry.

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re: U.S., European manufacturers join forces to compete with China
george.leopold   6/27/2012 4:48:40 PM
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This is a modest example of new tactics being employed by European and U.S. tech manufacturers seeking to compete with China and maybe even return some production back to the U.S.

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