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Tech Manufacturing Is a Disaster Waiting To Happen 224

Hugh Pickens writes "Peter Cochrane writes that since globalization took hold, geographic diversity has become distorted along with the resilience of supply so we now have a concentration of limited sourcing and manufacture in the supply chain in just one geographic region, south-east Asia, amounting to a major disaster just waiting to happen. 'Examples of a growing supply-chain brittleness include manufacturers temporarily denuded of LCD screens, memory chips and batteries by fires, a tsunami, and industrial problems,' writes Cochrane. 'With only a few plants located in south-east Asia, we are running the gauntlet of man-made and natural disasters.' Today, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones are produced by just 10 dominant contract manufacturers, spearheaded by Foxconn of Taiwan — which manufactures for Apple, Dell, HP, Acer, Sony, Nokia, Intel, Cisco, Nintendo and Amazon among others. The bad news is that many of the 10 big players in the IT field are not making good profits, so economic pressure could result in the 10 becoming seven."
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Tech Manufacturing Is a Disaster Waiting To Happen

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  • Re:Floods (Score:5, Funny)

    by SlippyToad ( 240532 ) on Monday June 25, 2012 @09:02AM (#40437657)

    Of course not, that's how capitalism is supposed to work

    Well, when someone gets capitalism working would you please let us know?

  • by EmagGeek ( 574360 ) <(gterich) (at) (> on Monday June 25, 2012 @09:26AM (#40437845) Journal

    Our Cool Stuff(TM) goes way beyond just the red handle.

    Our ToastyBread XL4300 has Wifi and sends you an email and SMS when your toast is done, and has internal cameras that stream video of your toasting bread live to the Internet or your Android Phone. It can even post pictures of the finished product to your Facebook page so you don't even have to do the work to tell the world what you had for breakfast.

    In any case, we really only put the Red handle on it for legacy compatibility with older users who still need the interface to be there. All the handle does today is connect to a mechanical linkage that presses the "toast" button internally. We have a Patent on that, too, so don't get any ideas, or I shall sick our team of American lawyers on you.

  • Re:Floods (Score:5, Funny)

    by wisty ( 1335733 ) on Monday June 25, 2012 @09:54AM (#40438091)

    You forgot to mention floods, like what happened in Thailand last year, and could possibly happen again this year.

    But ... if you're outsourcing it shouldn't matter, because you don't carry the risk anymore. It all comes from the cloud, and you can instantly switch to another supplier.

    (Obligatory xkcd comic - [])

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