Following a release to the media and some strong public reaction....
It's probably only a matter of time.
CollectinSteve wrote:Yes, it is a trend. Most non "western" countries have their uniforms made in China these days. Some of the smaller military "western" countries, like Sweden and Norway, do as well. Others do partial or full outsourcing to cheaper countries, such as Belgium using Tunisia and Italy using Hungary for sources. I don't know about Finland, Denmark, or Spain, but as far as I know the sewing is still done within their own borders. The lower cost industrialized countries of the former Soviet Union/Warsaw Pact appear to still be doing their own production, as is Turkey. The fairly large sized militaries of the UK, US, Germany, Canada, and Australia are bucking the trend and still producing things domestically.
Camo_fiend wrote:I don't understand the cost savings tradeoff of crappily-assembled uniforms versus decent ones.
Truth be told, it's probably more expensive in the long run to keep on with the bad uniforms, due to how often they must be replaced when they wear out. Sure, the savings may be immediately noticeable, but they carry a negative effect in the long term. Yes, the immediate investment in slighty higher-quality (and therefore more expensive) uniforms may show through at first, but if it lasts, there's a lower replacement cost down the road. Wouldn't it make more sense to invest in a large quantity of well-made uniforms that will last through rigorous use, than to continually purchase equally large batches of crappy uniforms (and crappy replacements) that fall apart after only light wear?
Legitimate uniforms used for proper soldiering, in real combat, need to be well-made and durable... from domestic materials in domestic factories if need-be, to ensure that durability. How efficient can soldiers be in the field if they are constantly at the quartermaster tent, having to replace combat trousers with a blown-out crotch?
Just my 2¢.
downboy wrote:Made in China does`nt necessarily mean crap.We`re just so used to the made in China knock offs that are trully crappy.Other european countries have their uniforms made in China.Besides the Australian army have these made to specs.Truth of the matter is its all about cost cutting.Labor is way much cheaper in China than in OZ.