Many Chinese manufactures struggle in today’s economic environment, thanks in no small part to rising labor costs. “Time is running out fast for Chinese manufacturers to adapt,” Albert Park, told Bloomberg.
Park, Director of HKUST IEMS, headed the international committee for the China Employer-Employee Survey, which aims to study both how Chinese firms are coping with a hostile business environment, as well as the implications for Chinese workers.
Among key findings of the survey discussed in the article were increased automation, production of higher quality products, and investment in R&D. These activities help firms weather worsening economic conditions, although many of them reduced fixed capital spending by 6% from 2013 to 2015. Park explains: “Decisions to reduce capital investment are often related to uncertainty about the future. They could reflect views about future growth in China.”
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