2013 may see globalization wane while manufacturing rises

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 1, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Hutterite - couldn't agree with you less. Yes, shipping water seems silly, and yet we have importer water from France for decades (Perier and Evan). But this isn't about water. This is about the literally millions of households across the world that don't have running water, don't have TVs in their homes, don't have washer and dryers, don't have many or most of the things we take for granted her in the west.

    As the book from early ini this century proclaimed - the world is indeed getting flatter. Chevy's will be sold in India and China. Manufacturing specialization will encourage manufacturing closets where skills outweigh cost. The middle class globally is exploding, and yes they will demand food from France and Italy, electronics from Japan, China and Korea, Oil from Central Africa, process manufacturing raw materials and commuter jets from latin America.

    No - Angola may not export their food, but I can tell you from personal experience, they will be exporting their oil. And that money flow back into Angola is going to increase demand for other products.

    We are seeing global trade numbers slow because of global recession.... not desire.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 1, 2013 1:54 a.m.

    Eventually things like quality control and shipping costs will bring manufacturing back closer to the consumer, where it belongs. Labour costs will even out, as well. How is it that we buy drinking water from Fiji and dill pickles from India? Those places are a staggering distance away. Yet we buy trivial, almost worthless items like water and dill pickles from them. And India? A nation with millions of malnourished people, sells food to the US? It's time to recognise that we can't make a buck shipping anything from anywhere.