I personally feel that in addition to SARS

I personally feel that in addition to SARS

“We also have issues traveling to the Middle East due to the situation there. Again, we work on a voluntary basis on sending people there if required. Thankfully, most of the work in this region is also handled by local people, so the customers are not affected in a negative way.”

Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. (Nagano, Japan): “With the spread of SARS, Nissei has immediately implemented prohibition of business trips from headquarters to Hong Kong and the homecoming of family members.” That’s how the official word from Nissei’s HQ begins.

Officials continue, saying, “Moreover, the company has supplied germproof masks, clinical thermometers, and goggles at once. The range of business and service activities has been restricted in Shanghai as well. The company is taking measures to force company members returning from a business trip to Taiwan to stand by at home for 10 days.

The company has called off its planned exhibition at ChinaPlas 2003, scheduled for Beijing in September 2003. And it is considering the cancellation of its exhibit at TaipeiPlas 2003 in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., which also will be held in September.

“A decrease in order receiving and sales is forecast due to the slowdown of operations of local manufacturing plants in China,” Nissei officials say. Seventy percent of Nissei’s production is for exports-40 percent of which is destined for the Chinese market.

Tim Glassburn, Toshiba Machine Co. America, Injection Molding Div. (Elk Grove Village, IL): “I know one of our customers that has a plant in China and has asked our serviceman to hold off making a scheduled trip to their plant until things clear up.”

Finally, a machinery rep who wishes to remain anonymous says, “Several companies that I know of have curtailed any and all travel to China and other locations in Asia. Not that I can blame them.

“My partner has a cousin working in Hong Kong who says that the actual numbers of sick people there are much higher, and that this whole thing is having a devastating effect on everything there. He claims that the Chinese government is still playing ‘hide the weenie’ with this whole thing. He plans on not going back, even if it means quitting his job.

“Other than the human misery that SARS is inflicting, the consensus of molders that I speak with is that SARS may be the best thing that has happened to them when it comes to things ‘Chinese.’

“I personally feel that in addition to SARS, we should have another dock strike at the same time, to really drum home the point that there is a downside to dealing with someone far away who does not have our best interests at heart. Seriously, so far it has just been too easy to move things over there, and people have to be aware that there can be serious interruptions in our economy for all kinds of reasons if we persist in this type of activity.

“Maybe this whole situation will at least slow down the ‘sucking sound’ of jobs leaving for China. I am sick to death of what is happening to our industry while many go to China in pursuit of the quick buck.”

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