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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2008
are 150 million car related jobs in China and these workers get one twentieth the pay of western workers and just for the overall mix, add 400,000 respiratory deaths each year and 255pp (particle pollution) in California is from China. And finally to add to the overall world manufacturing recipe and China, we have to acknowledge that China’s factories were not built with current energy levels in mind. Low tech products are facing ever-increasing transportation – freight costs. Distance costs money. Of course, oil prices may reduce by extra crude supplies from Brazil, Africa and the Gulf of Mexico reducing the power of the dictatorships that control most of the world’s remaining 5 trillion barrels of oil. (Mankind has used 1 trillion so far). So, as we move into 2009, what will Metal Casting Technologies’ annual of that year hold? Has globalisation passed its high watermark? Will auto componetry factories who have outsourced to China and India from the US et al, find the transportation costs, added to the increasing inflationary and wages cost in China, that it may be cheaper to manufacture at the home base and change their outsourcing habits. As the saying goes - only time will tell. Barbara Cail Publisher METAL Casting Technologies September 2008 31