What are the differences today compared to previous downturns, and what are the consequences?
“During the downturn in 2009 that followed the financial crisis, the Chinese government stepped in and invested heavily in telecommunications infrastructure, but we can’t really see any signs of that happening this time, and that´s a new situation. The management at the factories suddenly have to run operations that are no longer growing at the same pace. The smaller plants that are lacking export outlets have been hit particularly hard. This is because of a stagnating domestic market, due to the absence of any major new government projects. And this effects the factories negativley because operating at less than full capacity is a disaster for PCB production since the chemical processes deteriorate if they are not used up quickly.”
Choosing such a plant constitutes a major risk of the customer being landed with an inferior product, which can increase costs considerably if it leads to the failure of the final product. We feel confident in our choice of plants because a relatively large proportion of their production goes to exports. The choice of the right factory has always been important, but with the risks involved now, it has become more critical than ever. A sustainable end product requires reliable partners.
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