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Where are the bodies of D7000 made?

km6xz

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Fri 24-Sep-10 05:08 AM

The components in the assembled camera are certainly not made in Thailand exclusively, some are from Japan, China, Malaysia etc, some of the ICs might even be made in the US were there is still some manufacturing. About the only products which are made from parts and sub-assemblies from totally in-country might be China since it is now the most self-contained manufacturing country. Not many years ago, only the US and USSR were self contained, making all the parts, materials, chemicals, processing/assembling equipment needed for manufactured finished items.
So the country of assembly nowadays is little indication of quality, innovation or reliability of products. If anything is an indicator it is the age and generation of automation equipment used. China is used for most electronics sub assemblies, such as pc boards, regardless of where the final assembly is because they have the most up to date automation, as set forth in a national industrial policy. It is not because of cheaper labor, just how much hand labor it needed to assemble that pc motherboard or camera main processor board? Not much, and what there is, has to be higher skilled than prior generations of workers. China wins in that game also because they churn out more qualified engineers than anyplace, 50 times that of the US on an annual basis. The best and brightest students go into engineering and science in China and in the US those people now go into financial services- Wall Street, which last time I checked, does not produce anything. Recent reports by the IP monitoring organization rates China as the new innovation leader, with patent apps up 18% just last year, while the US was down 11% last year. Germany, also was on the same downward trend-line.

If someone limits their purchases to countries of origin other than China, they will not have any household products or electronics, not have transportation options(even their feet), have few if any processed food options, limited fresh food options, no communications, etc.
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