Photograph by Qilai Shen/Panos
Rival Factories Mean Competition
While Apple and Foxconn increase pay and decrease hours, they must also keep an eye on the stiff competition for cheap labor in China. Ninbo Bird is one of China's largest mobile phone manufacturers. Competition from both domestic and foreign brands prompted the company to start its own research and development center and seek markets abroad for its own products. A woman takes a nap near crates holding mobile phone parts at the Ninbo Bird factory.
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