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Politics is messing up supply chains
Here it is. A definitive example of on-shoring. Motorola Mobility – now owned by Google – is to make its smartphone in Fort Worth, Texas, at a new plant which will hire 2,000 workers. Operated by Flextronics, a Singapore-based equivalent to Foxconn which also offers logistics services, the facility will join other Motorola Mobility plants in Brazil and China which were acquired by Flextronics in December. In a recent chat with The Loadstar, a source at Flextronics said the company did its utmost to keep out of media scrutiny. “Foxconn has had all sorts of trouble from publicity – we prefer to stay out of the spotlight,” he said. Which could be partly why Apple is shifting its supplier base. Presumably, however, a new plant in the US is the kind of publicity Flextronics is happy to have.