Can the United States become more competitive as a maker of things?
In this video, MAKE editor/publisher Dale Dougherty catches up with Liam Casey at at Foo Camp 2010. Casey runs a supply-chain business in China and often serves as a sort of manufacturing liaison between Western companies and Chinese factories.
Casey’s view is that as manufacturing has become a commodity, fewer large companies own their own factories. Rather, they rent rather than own, and the cheapest places to rent are those in China and as China begins to create web interfaces to its manufacturing capacity, the rest of the world will find it even easier to make things in China.
As most of us smaller firms and 1-man designers have difficulty connecting with overseas manufacturers, it’s definitely worth watching this discussion.
[via O’Reilly Radar]