Just read this article in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung (sorry German only):
Siemens has started manufacturing a smartphone in the German town of Bocholt near the border with the Netherlands. Manufacturing is to a great extent being automized and done by robots. Right now they are able to produce up to 6.000 phones a week, with the factory offering enough space to establish four more production lines; with 8 workers working at the same time (I guess they are working in shifts, so there are more employed for the production of this phone).
Should the phone be successful, they could start producing the plastic-backcovers as well as some of the electronics in that factory. In that case more than 75% of the creation of value would happen in Germany. By now it’s about 60% as the design is done in Munich.
I don’t know?
What would you think, just as a thought game?
Fairphone cooperating with Siemens, using their factory and producing the phone locally.
Of course there are a lot of obstacles that way, like possibly the need for a larger investment in robotics.
If Siemens would be willing to cooperate is another question as well.
Still, from a political/ethical/ecological/social point of view; what do you think?
I, to be honest, am not yet decided (that’s why I am asking ).