Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Will any parts be made in China?
The problem China has is not quality now, as they have RAPIDLY become quite adept at producing some quality items. However, they have a huge problem with consistency. Much of this is due to their use of scattered "garage" shops to produce parts, not necessarily the same shop this week as last week. Japan has operated like this for decades, but developed quality control methods to insure quality. China has not addressed this, yet.
I have been pretty amazed at how rapidly China has improved their production. I am very chagrined to see the US lose their manufacturing base, and don't see how we will ever get it back. China probably WILL become the next "Japan", and we will likely see many quality items coming from there in the not very distant future. I have seen a very rapid increase in items that are pretty good compared to just 5 years ago, an impressive feat for any country. Korea is producing some good quality, but it took them a long time to get there. China seems to be on a much faster track.
I recently purchased a pretty nice metal lathe (Jet brand) made in China. Certainly not the quality of the old American Iron, but not all that "bad" compared to just a few years ago. Plenty good for my hobby shop. I hate buying Chinese, but have to bent to the economic forces, like buy Chinese or do without. Absolutely cannot buy an American lathe now, same size would cost several times as much, if there even is one available. Grizzly tools bought out the South Bend name, but it is now produced in Taiwan and China.
Like Ron though, I sure would not want to fly an airplane produced there, yet.
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