Taking Hungary On A High Tech Ride

Contract manufacturer Flextronics dominates Europe from its old industrial heartland

As a manufacturer, Humphrey W. Porter cut his teeth on one of the toughest working environments around. Just when China was opening its doors to foreign investment in the early 1980s, Porter went to Hong Kong for Philips Consumer Electronics (PHG) to build up production of low-cost televisions on the Chinese mainland. Porter often had to spend hours criss-crossing the border. And his factories on the mainland were disrupted by frequent power shortages and bureaucratic wrangling with local authorities.

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