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Flextronics eyes Malaysia as alternative to China

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Another article on the theme of chasing cheap. If your production strategy is based on being based in a cheap location, that seems like a losing strategy to me. You'll constantly be moving and building new facilities, adding cost and losing capabilities from changing people.

Why not considering using lean as the core business strategy? I thought Flextronics was winning awards and recognition for lean efforts. Why not locate close to your customers and rely on your people to drive costs down with lean improvements? That seems to work well for Toyota. You don't read about them wanting to move their Kentucky factory to Alabama because it's cheaper.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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