Made in China: Opportunities and Challenges for Manufacturing Smart Phones
David Hoffman is the Director of New Product Introduction for Motorola Mobility's Home Products division. He has extensive experience over the last seven years working with China manufacturing as a quality director covering both product and component levels manufacturing. Mr. Hoffman has a master's degree in engineering management from Marquette University. Motorola Mobility is a $7B company that provides innovative technologies, products and services that enable a broad range of mobile and wireline, digital communication, information and entertainment experiences. Its product portfolio primarily includes mobile devices, wireless accessories, set-top boxes and video distribution systems, and wireline broadband infrastructure products and associated customer premises equipment.
In this lecture, Mr. Hoffman spoke about the factors contributing to China’s success in manufacturing smart phones, the impact their success has on the global economy, and also China’s future as a leader in smart phone manufacturing. Mr. Hoffman shared that because of the low cost of labor, as well as the tremendous labor access of 18-20 year old in China’s workforce, China has been able to attract several smart phone companies and has been able to manufacture these phones at an incredible rate. But he also warned of the dangers of the smart phone industry putting all of their eggs in one basket, so to speak. Mr. Hoffman mentioned the fact that other nations such as India and Vietnam are beginning to catch up with China in terms of smart phone manufacturing because of lower wages. However, he noted that China is a very pro-business nation that provides many incentives to manufacturers, as well as a more suitable infrastructure to cater to businesses.
Hoffman, David, "Made in China: Opportunities and Challenges for Manufacturing Smart Phones" (2011). Y.B. Min Lecture Series. 29.