Made in China

In our modern world it has become increasingly difficult to support our local manufacturers. A huge amount of what we buy is now made, or assembled, in China.

The economics are quite simple. Labour is cheap and plentiful.

I am not proclaiming that all Chinese labour is modern slavery but the unfortunate truth is that much of it benefits from exactly that. Even at the higher skills end of the market it is still funded by cheap local labour. A skilled worker in China is a much lower cost because his cost of living is much lower because all of his services are supplied by the lower classes who are paid a pittance.

I have spent some time in China and the gap between rich and poor is very stark.

We all want a bargain but it is time we looked at the price that others are paying for it. There is only one way this will change and that is for us to make a choice. Business and governments will not make that choice for us because they have vested interests. It is only the will of the consumer that can steer business.

The iPhone

This is a bit of a complex web. A quick look around the web and you will soon get lost in contradictory stories on this one.

Apple assemble most of their products in China from components sourced from around the world.

Many iPhones are assembled in the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen in Southern China. I believe some are made at other locations but not the majority.

It is true that many of the components that make the iPhone are manufactured elsewhere and then shipped to Foxconn for assembly. Many think this allows them to claim it is not made in China and if that makes them feel better about themselves then who am I to argue?

The simple fact is that iPhone is made in China because the labour is cheap and someone wants to make more money.