Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica as a business
From: "Raimo Korhonen" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 23:30:24 +0100

Well - I´ve heard Leica reflex enthusiasts leave their newly arrived zooms
in the store when they found out that they were made in Japan - by Minolta
at that time. I´d think that the decision to move all assembly to Germany
was a sound one because everything is marked made in Germany now and to
many people that means a lot. Rational? Maybe not but as I have gathered
from LUG the M sales are steady. Leica folks tend to be conservative. I
hope that the R8 will not bring the company down.
photos at
nyt myös Kameralehden juttuja suomeksi

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> From: Nathan Wajsman <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica as a business
> Date: 29. marraskuuta 1998 21:56
> Raimo,
> Why? Manufacturing costs in Germany are some of the highest in the world.
> quality German products are manufactured elsewhere these days: Mercedes
> Alabama, BMW in South Carolina (or is it the other way round?), etc. Many
> Japanese products are made outside Japan for the same reason. As long as
I can
> be sure that the product is made to German or Japanese standards, I have
> problem with the actual assembly having been performed elsewhere.
> Remember, the goal of all this would be for Leica to survive. If they
> the current trajectory of their financial much longer, the survival of
> company will be in question.
> Nathan
> Raimo Korhonen wrote:
> > To move out of Germany would bet lethal.
> > Raimo
> > photos at
> > nyt myös Kameralehden juttuja suomeksi--
> Nathan Wajsman
> Overijse, Belgium
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