A Chinese worker operates heavy machinery at the warehouse section of the newly completed IKEA Siyuanqiao store in Beijing, China. Surging costs for energy, materials and labor, higher taxes and stricter enforcement of labor and environmental standards are squeezing the cheap out of Chinese manufacturing, eroding its price advantage and prompting both foreign and local manufacturers to shift sourcing and production to other markets, such as Vietnam, Indonesia and India.
AP - The teddy bears selling for $1.40 in Shanghai's IKEA store may be just about the cheapest in town, but they're not made in China — they're stitched and stuffed in Indonesia.
RLCC: That was predicted. The capitalists are going to go to the cheapest labor pool they can find and where safety and environment standards are low and cheap to meet or ignore.
from on February 21, 2008, 12:34pm