Today, a bit of eye candy from International Business Times (China Manufacturing: 10 Things The Chinese Make More Of Than Anyone Else In The World , Aug 2).
To some extent, many of these numbers are not too surprising. Given all the news around Apple’s supply chain for its phones and tablets, it is not surprising that China has a dominate position in assembling mobile phones. It is also not too surprising that China has an overwhelming share of a labor intensive product like shoes.
The bigger issue may be what these numbers mean for other countries trying to compete against firms with Chinese-based production. Take the mobile phone example. It has been argued that Apple couldn’t move iPhone production back to the US even if wanted to because so much of the supporting supply chain is in Asia. These number seem to back that up. If China has 70+% of an industry’s output, it make sense that much of the supply base is also in China and that producing elsewhere (as Motorola plans to do) may mean compromising something in the availability of supply.