Takara Tomy to move factories from China

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  1. agesthreeandup

    agesthreeandup Energon Supplier

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    Got this little bit of info today from one of my supliers. Not sure what kind of impact this may have on the Transformer toys but who knows.........

     
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    Pretty smart move really.
     
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    Agreed. Lose the trust of parents and you can kiss your market share goodbye. Hell, it's probably a move to gain market share from companies that have been caught violating lead content laws.
     
  4. Dark_Convoy

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    This strikes me as probably more of the reason they would move than the safety reasons.
     
  5. Spekkio

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    This seems like a good move for just about everyone involved. (Hopefully they pay people in the new factories a fair wage.)
     
  6. Omegatron

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    So...will all of those leaked prototype figures start disappearing from eBay (or at least spx_toys)?

    -Tony!
     
  7. General Tekno

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    Doubt it - we'll just have to bribe people in other countries.
     
  8. Dolza_Khyron

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    well it means more jobs for vietnam or thailand, i guess it's ok.
     
  9. Shin Densetsu

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    moving production back to japan would be great.
     
  10. David Hingtgen

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    Best stuff I own is made in Japan. (Which isn't much--even "Japanese" stuff is made in China nowadays)
     
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    Wouldn't that make the product cost more though? I mean the reason it was made in China was to keep cost down. Just sayin...

    Interesting move to Vietnam or Thailand. Would love to see the results of the merchandise.
     
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    Thats exactly what I was thinking. I hope that increased cost would not lead to fewer molds per line or a downgrade of quality. :( 
     
  13. shreddertron

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    They should do the paint apps. in Vietnam. They'll be better quality and done faster, if nail salons are any indication. Though durability would still be an issue, if Hasbro continues to use cheap paint.

    Legal Disclaimer:This is just a joke. Shreddertron is an American, with Vietnamese heritage. Shreddertron reserves the right to make jokes, in poor taste, about his own people. Reading this disclaimer may cause cancer.

    On a serious note. I wonder if this will improve non-safety related QC. Also I wonder if Hasbro is gonna follow in TakTomy's footsteps.
     
  14. Otispq

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    Seems like a good move from the standpoint of not having all your eggs in one basket. Production in several places keeps the pipeline full and avoids so many potential problems.
     
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    sounds like lip service to me.
     
  16. Deonasis

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    I wonder if this will cause a disruption to a particular line or mould (i.e. a shortage). Basically could we get a hard to find figure for no other reason than production issues?
     
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    With the projected economic rise of China over the next few decades this makes total sense. In China the rise of capitalism is increasing the gap between the rich and the poor but even so the workers in the kinds of factories that are producing western/Japanese good are still starting to crawl up the ladder in terms of their rights and their pay.

    Chinese wages are still low by European or American standards, but a worker in China is now paid, on average, 30 percent more than his counterpart in Vietnam and 15 percent more than a worker in Indonesia.

    The lead issue is a smokescreen - this is capitalism and globalisation at work. All TakaraTomy are doing is following the cheaper (slave?) labor.

    Steve.
     
  18. Pikatron

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    Then when labor starts to cost too much in Thailand and Vietnam, they can move their operations to Cambodia. There's loads of untapped Khmer resources and manpower! :lolol 
     
  19. Fit For natalie

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    Yeah, it's just them using cheaper slave labour. Watch Hasbro, Mattel and all the other toy companies do the same thing using lead paint as a pretext. As long as we western consumers demand low-ish prices, then consumer goods shall be assembled in countries where labour is dirt cheap.
     
  20. Robimus

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    You summed up my thoughts................
     

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