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The Shift from Human Labor to Robot Labor in China

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What is the next step for manufacturing? Today, the world is moving at such a fast pace due to the internet and technological advances, that everyone is wondering what the next step is for manufacturing.  We must take into account that China, the biggest manufacturer in the world, has increasing labor and production costs. According to The Economist, since 2001 the hourly wages for manufacturing jobs in China have increased 12% every year.

China’s 12th Five-Year Plan - Part 3

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This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on the 12th Five-Year Plan.

Part 1 simplifies and summarises the plan, and Parts 2 & 3 will discuss the importance of the Plan for those interested in the Chinese market.

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What does the Five-Year Plan mean for SMEs looking to enter the China market?

One thing that SMEs must be aware of is the rising cost of doing business in China. One of the implications of higher quality of life in China is increased wages, meaning increased production costs in the manufacturing sector. Some estimates show that the cost of labour has increased by 20 percent annually since 2008. And despite any delays in carbon tax, environmental awareness is sure to come at least partially at the expense of companies as well. These changes correspond to the shift toward high-tech manufacturing, as companies in low-end sectors will likely find it difficult to profit as they have in the past.

Increasing labour costs? Should I stay or should I go

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Offshoring and increasing labour costs

Every country with cheap labour eventually gets richer - the labour costs increase and alas, we nomadically relocate to another country. Generally, the key benefit of offshoring is lower labour costs. In light of China’s fast-increasing labour prices, companies are faced with a dilemma - to stick to one’s guns and remain in China, potentially losing that attractive profit margin, or to shift one’s industry to another developing market. This article sums up some key stats and argues for staying in China. The key tenet of this proposition is that a Yuan revaluation is inevitable, leading to an appreciation in buying power. The domestic market in China will experience a surge. This, coupled with China’s increasing investment in inbound SMEs and a superb infrastructure are but a few of the pillars of a competitive multinational in China.

The current labour problem

According to the IMF, China’s labour is now the third most expensive in emerging Asia, after Malaysia and Thailand. New labour laws arguably offer more job security to the detriment of employers and transport prices are rising with the cost of oil. All the while, there is the question of a Yuan revaluation and the resulting impact of an appreciation on the export Industry.

Boston Consulting Group listed a number of multinationals, which have already shifted production, including Caterpillar, Ford, Flextronics and toy manufacturers such as Wham-O. These have moved to other cheaper Asian countries or back to their home markets.