Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/23

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Ford & F1 Jaguar
From: nathan.wajsman at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Thu Sep 23 22:06:35 2004
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Kit is right. There is nothing magic about German manufacturing these 
days. I have a friend who works for GM and has been involved in various 
GM subsidiaries around Europe, and he tells me that their German plants 
are *at best* average in terms of productivity and defect rates compared 
to those in other countries.

I think that part of Leica long-term survival strategy will be to 
terminate manufacturing in Solms and simply keep the HQ, R&D and design 


Kit McChesney wrote:

> Are we saying that people in Portugal aren't capable of creating quality
> products? Pul-eez. I'd find that more than a bit distasteful if I were a
> Portuguese LUGger. I find it so and I'm not from Portugal at all! 
> There is no difference in quality between what is manufactured in Leica's
> Portugal facility, and what is manufactured in its German facilities.
> Portugal has been manufacturing some of the finest products in the Leica
> lineup for nearly, if not more than, thirty years. In fact, of the
> complaints I hear about Leica prodcuts, most of those are about products
> made in Germany, not in Portugal. Maybe that has more to do with the
> complainers than the actual products themselves. 
> This kind of argument might have had some currency at one time, but now, 
> no.
> And go ahead and accuse me of being PC; I don't really care. Besides, there
> are quite a few women working in the Portugal facility. So watch out! ;-)
> Kit 

Nathan Wajsman
Almere, The Netherlands

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