We are seeing a reverse globalization effect, manufacturing jobs are coming back to the West. And this because there are several benefits of having production in proximity to the R&D and close to the end consumers. You get quick feedback, and you are able to tweak product design and manufacturing appropriately and in a faster way. And innovation in manufacturing and hardware can be transmitted back to product design for evolution and vice versa.
The recent news is that Apple and Lenovo will bring some manufacturing production in the USA:
“Although the hardware is not manufactured in Silicon Valley, it is being conceived, designed, prototyped and financed here, usually by small start-ups. What has changed? Each of those steps is speeding up, which cuts the costs and lowers the risks of developing new things. It’s not that software is any less important in Silicon Valley. One reason for the rise of hardware is that it is now so tightly integrated with software.”