From: Jonathan Kirwan
Subject: Re: Examples Of Common MCU's In Consumer Electronics?
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On Wed, 11 Sep 2002 19:17:00 GMT, "Spehro Pefhany"
>I don't think margins are that much different in Asia compared to similar
>volumes of consumer products in North America. If you think they are
>working for nothing, you're probably grossly misinformed on their costs.
I don't know the answers to these things, but I remember some
reporting, recently, about Jakarta, Indonesia, being ringed by vast,
guarded compounds, known as export processing zones, or EPZs. That
these EPZs often enclose hundreds of factories making products for
foreign companies -- such as clothes for Gap or shoes for Nike,
Adidas, and Reebok.
In one factory, making Gap trousers, I remember seeing what was said
to be more than a thousand young women work, battery-style, under
strip lighting in temperatures that reach 105F. The only air
conditioning was in the upstairs offices, where their Taiwanese bosses
Workers' faces (mostly women) were silent, eyes downcast, limbs moving
quickly and robotically. The report talked about a notorious "36 hour
shift" where they must continuously work for a day and a half without
going home. When the reporter, acting as a London fashion buyer in
2001, asked about his concerns, should he should want to place a
last-minute order, he is told that "we'd just make the workers stay
I seem to recall the reporter saying that the wage was 72 pence/day.
I think that was about US$1, or so.
>Where's this $100/week coming from, for example? Besides, their quality is
>relatively low, they probably waste 7% of raw materials overall. Dealing
>only in full container loads of stuff does add to the efficiency though.
The wages and work conditions seem to say a lot, anyway.