Asia Invasion: Good or Bad?

You probably saw the news on CA’s home page about Wistron’s pending move to Europe. This marks the latest foray by an Asian EMS company into the West.

How should we look upon this?

One one hand, investment by companies of any origin in North America and Europe is good for the locals. They bring much-needed jobs and some stability.
On the other, they are buying on the cheap, and their presence means further competition for the local boys. And the factories these firms open or occupy are generally smaller — sometimes just NPI centers — than the ones that Solectron, Celestica, Sanmina and other Tier 1 EMS companies are closing.

It still boggles my mind that Honda, Toyota and other foreign car makers can make truckloads of cash building vehicles in Tennessee, while U.S. companies must relocate offshore to be profitable.

But every move does give me something to write about.

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Mike Buetow is editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He is also vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversees all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 20 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow