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So far the re-shoring debate has mainly centred around the higher end of manufactured goods and involved factors such as production quality and speed to market, but new research indicates that a host of companies involved in the lower-value goods sector are also increasingly attracted to the US as a production base. The reasons include the fact that the US is fast becoming as cheap as China, and there is a growing trend among many multinationals to regionalise production bases – Chinese factories for the Chinese market, and North American factories for North America, etc.

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