Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/08/05

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Subject: Re: Wetzlar, Solms, Portugal
From: David Young <>
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 1997 14:23:45

At 10:37 PM 01/08/97 -0400, you wrote:

> >By interntational convention, a product is considered to be made in the
> country where more than 50% of it's value is added. It matters not that all
> the parts of a widgit are made in Sri Lanka, if it is assembled in the USA,
> and the value of the highly paid american workers is more than that of the
> more poorly paid Sri Lankan workers (who probably put a lot more hours into
> it), it is classed as "Made in USA".  Same with Canada, Britain, Italy etc.
> <
>David --
>Then if this is true, the early "R" cameras that were marked "made in
>with both the name  Leica & Leitz on them,  were actually made by Portugese
>workers and in Portugal?
>Joy Lindstrom


Presumably, more of the actual assembly work was done there, at that time.

BTW: Mark small advised me of one minor error (for which I thank him), namely
>Per the ECONOMIST, Japan is about 20% higher than German rates.  American
>rates are about 2/3 of German.