​High volume low margin production goes to low cost countries. Equipment and skills available in US transition to higher margin value-added production. Even if manufacturers want to move production back to the US, investment in automation and appropriate talent is needed – and that’s not necessarily quick to pull off.

Dr. Susan Helper, an econ prof at Case Western, says that ​Apple can make more products in the US by relying more on robotics and specialized engineers instead of many low-wage line workers. Also needed are improvements in job training and supply-chain infrastructure.

Read more about the prospects of Apple manufacturing in the US in an article from the NY Times.

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-Danny Schaeffler, www.EQSgroup.com and www.Learning4M.com