Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/12/19

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Unbelievable
From: alal at (A. Lal)
Date: Fri Dec 19 11:45:30 2008
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Alternatively, the current Leica company could set up its own manufacturing 
facilities in a low-cost country, while maintaining current QC standards.

As I see it, Leica may be trying to follow the example the Swiss watch 
industry which has not been price sensitive in the recent past. I do not 
believe this strategy will work. Leica need to find a way to reduce prices 
significantly while retaining quality.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <>
To: <>
Cc: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <>
Sent: Friday, 19 December, 2008 2:29 PM
Subject: [Leica] Re: Unbelievable

> If Leica couldn't find an overwhelming sympathetic audience in the  LUG, 
> it is unlikely to do so in the general camera using population.  Leica's 
> plight is similar. on a much smaller scale, to that of the  U.S. auto 
> industry. Their best bet might be to ask for a bailout or  bridge loan 
> from the German government and, if they can't return to  profitability 
> within six months, file for bankruptcy. Their best  strategy might be to 
> sell the Leica name, patents, and manufacturing  rights to one of the 
> Japanese camera giants. The precedent has been  set by Contax, 
> Voightlander, and scores of others. Then perhaps we  might have affordable 
> Leica cameras, although a bit plasticky.
> Larry Z
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