Many asian countries, Singapore, Korea and now the Phillipines have adopted ISO quality and certification. My biggest issue, is having the commitment and technology to manufacture and be approved under ISO9001. If any plant, anywhere can stick to meet their Quality Plan and make what they preach, then I stand behind it. I am also aware that the Czech Republic, Poland and to a lessor degree other countries make high quality glass now, to specification, with no cheating or fudging.
I helped implement Globalization over a period of (12) years in more than (10) countries on (4) continents and understand the drill very well. Even in China, we passed FDA muster for Class III, Medical Devices the first go-around. Even the Chinese can do this if you can keep them from backsliding and cheating by cutting corners. It all comes down to engineering controls, statistical verification and manufacturing discipline.
Most Chinese run manufacturing plants that I have been in lack the training, discipline and background of Process Capability, controls and product integrity. If they are willing to change their culture, implement controls and follow the ISO procedures, I am all for it. However, I do maintain a high degree of skepticism until I see better products coming from China.
I am retired now and am not in the global economy loop anymore. I guess I will just will hide and watch as far as Chinese products are concerned. In reality, I think China is still a work very much in progress as far as World Class Quality is concerned.
As far as lens manufacturing is concerned, I am truly sorry to see the use of these manufacturing technologies declining in our culture. What are we going to become when everybody in this country works for the service sector. No value added, no economic clout and control of your future.
Edited by Oldtrader3 - June/04/2009 at 11:37