Cheap labour not the only driver of factories' flight from China

Chinese production lines are feeling the heat from rivals in nations such as Bangladesh, which some say offers better quality. Photo: AFP

Foreign buyers are fleeing China for Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia not just for cheaper labour but also because of rising tensions between the workers and their employers, in some cases because of poor corporate social responsibility on the part of the companies.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 5:19am 1 comment

Britain and West can bring jobs, factories back from Asia, Cameron to say at Davos

If David Cameron has his way, perhaps replicas of a royal engagement ring will be made in British rather than Chinese factories. Photo: AFP

British Prime Minister David Cameron will use a speech at Davos on Friday to say Britain and the West have an opportunity to boost their economic fortunes by luring back jobs and factories from Asia, a trend he says is already under way.

24 Jan 2014 - 3:26pm

Whiff of wishful thinking about stories of onshoring

Whiff of wishful thinking about stories of onshoring

Like most businesses selling low-cost plastic items, the American company's executives considered manufacturing in China. But moulding problems, shipping costs and extended delivery times prompted them to think again. According to media reports, they decided it was worth paying an extra 5 to 10 per cent in manufacturing costs to make Orapups in the US.

5 Apr 2013 - 5:10am 3 comments

Deep dark hole of capitalism

WANTED: 600 million new jobs. This was the stark headline of a report last week by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that warned about increasingly wretched employment prospects almost everywhere in the world and said that, 'the world must rise to the urgent challenge of creating 600 million productive jobs over the next decade'.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Business strategy catches on

Regardless of the state of the economy, employers in Asia know that sustained success in any sector depends on effective talent management.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Tiger mother's truths too close to home?

Having read Amy Chua's book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (which many of her critics have not), I must say she comes across as an uncommonly dedicated and far-sighted mother, if a bit extreme in some of her methods (as she herself admits).

29 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Building of model outsourcing centres on course

Consolidation looms for the mainland's offshore outsourcing service sector, as government development plans prompt major domestic and international players to build specialist operations in selected cities.

12 May 2010 - 12:00am

It's time for evolution

Companies that have battled through recession and budgeted for better times this year must now prepare for a new set of challenges. The stresses of the past 18 months will have shown where their strengths lie, which roles are pivotal and, when stripped to the essentials, what really comprises their 'corporate DNA'.

6 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Police telecoms staff protest over outsourced maintenance

Dozens of police telecommunications staff members took half a day off to protest against the force outsourcing maintenance of its telecoms. They fear that the risk of secret data being leaked will increase.

5 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Global thoughts are as old as enterprise itself

The word itself is unappealing: globalisation. It is, frankly, soulless - a 1960's made-up word with too many syllables and no fixed definition. Yet, however jarring it sounds, the word is frequently charged with intense emotive force and used indiscriminately as a blanket term for concepts that can be political, cultural or financial.

6 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Seventy marine staff stage protest over outsourcing of patrol services

Marine Department staff unionists protested yesterday against the outsourcing of port-control services.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Firm's leadership and determination are a winning combination

The I-Consulting Group (ICG), winner of the special award for small and medium-sized enterprises, credited its determined but highly adaptable leadership and a dynamic workforce as the main factors for winning this year's HKMA Quality Award.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Cleaner's death shows need for change

Each tragedy that occurs in a public place on the government's watch is followed by the same response: profuse apologies, hand-wringing and belated action to prevent a repeat. Such is predictably the case after the crushing to death of a cleaner by a faulty security gate at a Social Welfare Department hostel for the intellectually disabled.

7 May 2009 - 12:00am

IT outsourcing firms see risks, openings in downturn

You Puhua, the 22-year-old owner of a small information technology outsourcing company in Beijing, is struggling to find a new direction for his firm's growth.

20 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Loyalty above layoffs ... up to a point

First we had legislator Wong Yuk-man throwing a banana in the Legislative Council, then an Iraqi journalist hurling shoes at US President George W. Bush. It's obviously a good way to get a lot of publicity.

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am