timo: People here are dismissive about China's approach to quality and innovation. They were saying all the same thing about Japanese cars in the 1960s, and they've been saying the same thing about everything with 'Samsung' on it for years. Reality: China and Korea are going to give Japan, let alone the USA, real - really real - competition in every area of business over the next few years. (The Pacific is not going to be tension-free.) Get used to it. If you don't like it, produce more competitive products at home.
I agree with Lucafeb. I'm no expert, nut all the anecdotal stories I hear, China doesn't have, at least the reputation, the cultural DNA to strive for high quality, like Japan or Germany does. Making money seems to be the most important part of manufacturing, and quality/reliability is off the radar in favor of cutting corners. From what I've read, even China doesn't trust their own manufacturers for critical industrial safety equipment. Will they figure this out and adapt? As timo says, time will tell.
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