Automation in China

This article originally appeared in Managing Automation.

China may be the low-wage manufacturing capital of the world, but not every company comes here to save money on labor.

Instead, as China develops its own economy, companies are opening plants here to be close to customers, to be close to raw materials, and for other strategic reasons.

Clariant, for example, a leading specialty chemicals company, is close to finishing construction on a state-of-the-art pigments plant in Hangzhou, about three hours from Shanghai.

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