Labour in a Global World — Some Comparisons

  • Theo Nichols
  • Surhan Cam
Part of the The Future of Work Series book series (TFW)


Certain broad tendencies about the white goods industry are evident from the preceding chapters. As we have seen, despite the continued relevance of logistic and supply chain considerations and the specific needs of local markets, the shift from established to low wage production sites is taking place in many parts of the world: for example, in North America with reference to Mexico and China; in South Africa with reference to Swaziland; in the EU countries with reference to the European periphery; in Japan with reference to China; in Taiwan, once known for its status as an OEM producer with reference to OEM production in China. Then again, lower trade barriers and related measures have had their effects everywhere. They have put producers with plants in South Africa and Taiwan under considerable pressure. In Turkey, they have created opportunities for increased exports, though in the period reviewed, powerfully aided by currency devaluation. In China, they have both aided exports and, through an inflow of new foreign producers, they have led to severe reductions in the number of domestic Chinese producers. Similarly, the massive influx of steel into China in order to sustain its industrial expansion has had knock-on effects for white goods producers in all the countries reviewed.


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