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Fascinating profile of 49-year old Irishman Liam Casey, who, more than perhaps anyone else, is responsible for the outsourcing of hi-tech manufacturing to China’s Pearl River Delta region. He now controls a network of around 100 factories in the region, employs over 30,000 people and names Apple, Beats by Dre, Nook, Xiaomi and FoxConn among his customers. “His company doesn’t just do manufacturing or logistics, it’s the full deal. It delivers an end-to-end service on any hardware product, starting with product design to manufacture, packaging, fulfilment and retail distribution.”

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