Years ago, I wrote a prescient article called 'Boing Boing Boeing' and it was all about the attempts by the Chinese communists to force the US which used Boeing sales to counterbalance the trade imbalances with China, the plan of the Chinese was to force Boeing to relocate most of the work in China because China would go to Airbus if they didn't hand over the factories. Well, starting this week, the newest Boeing jets will all be manufactured in...CHINA and 'assembled' here just like Toyotas. The Dragon wins another round.
Instead of hundreds of panels of aluminum, the 787's major components are being built mostly or entirely of carbon-fiber composite materials that are essentially baked in giant pressure cookers, flown in from faraway factories, then fastened together.
In the past, workers at Boeing plants have stuffed the electrical wiring, hydraulic systems and other innards into planes as they got assembled here, but with the 787, suppliers scattered all over the globe are doing that work.
"Basically ... we're snapping it together," said Tom Wroblewski, president of the union representing Boeing production workers in the Seattle area. "This is a whole new way of assembling an aircraft."
Scattered all over the globe where people speak Chinese. I love how Boeing hides the fact that they no longer make the important parts of these jets! There are a trillion harsh economic, political and diplomatic matters in this news. Basically, we already lost WWIII. We can't build ships and soon we will be unable to build simple transport jets too. And this is part of the long range Chinese plans. I remember very clearly, they discussed how they could tease out of the USA, the manufacturing of jets! 20 years ago.
From the AP article:
Boeing hasn't said how much money it has saved by having suppliers take on various development costs, but industry analyst Scott Hamilton said it's bound to be substantial.
"That kind of risk-sharing, which in the aggregate runs in the billions of dollars, is money that Boeing doesn't have to front," he said.
Once production hits full speed, it will take roughly 700 to 800 machinists to run the 787's final assembly line, Bair said. That's substantially less than the work force needed for Boeing's other jets, though Connie Kelliher, spokeswoman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751, said she couldn't offer a hard number as a comparison because the company doesn't break out employee totals by production line.
Instead of Americans toiling on building these machines, Chinese will do it. Cheaper. And this was inevitable. When Hu visted the US last year, he first went to visit the Boeing executives to offer them a deal they could not refuse. Either they play it his way or they will lose the biggest jet purchase contracts on earth. Quietly, Boeing's executives signed on board and why not? This is making them much, much richer.
The Chinese leaders know that if they didn't enrich the bosses, owners and other dying capitalists, these people would fight off Chinese penetration of their production methods and markets! So a feather bed of easy money was offered to these clowns who signed away our national security and wealth.
From the same article:
Boeing has said the outsourcing was crucial to keeping development and production costs low enough to make the 787 a good enough bargain that airlines would buy it.
Keep costs going to American workers LOW!!! Ha! No matter how far the dollar drops as a currency, China will always undersell the US workers. They have a huge population that is well-educated, easy to marshal for industrial use and eager to work. We keep forgetting that China has one of the oldest and most sophisticated imperial cultures, one that pratically invented government bureaucracies and certainly, paper money.
This is not some stone-age society suddenly in 'civilization': they are one of the great homelands of great cultures, great civilizations! Misunderstanding this is key to American weakness which the Chinese cheerfully exploit.
Now that they have their dragon paws on the technology, methodology and systems for making the innards and vital cores of our jets, they have the whole thing. Since our people are merely popping the parts together, they will forget how to make or use these processes while the Chinese will not only know all this and use this but will take over designing newer and better systems! So their technology and culture will rise and ours will turn into third world status. We will be the ones amazed at the sight of things. 'How do they do that?' we will stupidly ask.
GADS. Can't anyone see the obvious future? I rail about this a lot but look! Every blasted thing the leadership told me back in the mid-1980's is coming true, one after the other. Taking over Boeing was one of these important things they intended to grab and they have.
Well, congratulations. You beat us, Hu, Wen. You won yet anther round.
Friday, July 29, 2005
Boeing, which this year won orders from Chinese airlines for 60 of its new 787 Dreamliner jets, said in June that it would use about $600 million in parts from Chinese companies.
The Bush Administration is still debating the details of the new regulations, and an intense lobbying campaign is being waged to influence the outcome, Bloomberg report
The ultimate plan is to get Boeing into a large enough contract and then wait a while and then make a nifty deal: they transfer the factories wholesale to China and get the planes cheap and can keep the profits of this contract while it is finished by Chinese workers. This has to be introduced very slyly, at least, they hope.
I have chatted about this plan before. It is very obvious now. Note this article:
Seeing the future isn't very hard if one has wide open eyes and the help of creatures that are a form of psychic vultures that are attracted to dead things.
And one dead thing in our future is our economy! The Chinese are not stupid. This should be tattooed on every trade negotiator's palms. The Chinese are playing a dangerous game and are winning. The plan is to get our final, most developed industries into China and one of the key industries is....Boeing.
China's spending on factories and real estate grew 25.5 percent in the first four months of the year from a year earlier, a government report showed today, beating the 25.3 percent median estimate of 19 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.
``It was strong growth and may support the case for the central bank to keep raising interest rates,'' which will hurt bonds, said Li Huiyong, an economist at Shenyin Wanguo Research and Consulting Co. in Shanghai.
In the US we just went through a gigantic building boom. And how many Boeing factories did we build? None? Har. We spent the money on decorating and building zillions of suburban houses, that's what we did. And this is why we will live many years, filled with regrets. We acted like aristocrats who built palaces and hunting lodges only to lose to anyone who practiced capitalism, building businesses and factories and to this day, the fundamental basis of all capitalist cultures still is the spending of money on factories that add value to raw materials.
Maybe some day the Chinese will teach us all this interesting stuff. Starting with Karl Marx. Labor is wealth.