China Expands TV Factory In Mexico, Targeting US Market

JP Carroll | National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter

Hisense is expanding a TV factory it acquired in 2015, making it the latest Chinese firm to increase its footprint south of the US border with increased investment in Latin America.

Hisense is putting an additional $30 million into the factory, which it purchased from Sharp. The Chinese electronics manufacturer sells products in the North American market under its own brand as well as the Sharp brand. Hisense and Sharp products can be found in various US retailers such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Amazon.

The factory is located along the border town of Rosarito in Baja California, reported The Wall Street Journal. The location of the factory raises questions about the allure of Mexican wages in lowering production costs for US manufacturers.

There was an uproar Feb. 12 when US firm Carrier Air Conditioning told employees at an Indianapolis factory that their jobs were being moved to Monterrey, Mexico and the announcement was caught on camera.

In January the Luxembourgian firm Dematic announced in January that it would be moving hundreds of jobs away from a Grand Rapids, Michigan location. Ultimately union bosses for the factory workers declined to challenge the move in February since they could not live off wages that would be in any way competitive with their Mexican replacements according to M Live.

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