Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

Summary: According to recent reports, Apple's iPad and iPhone are keeping Japan's machining industry afloat — one of the leaders in its economy in the quarter — as well as dominating the touch screen market.

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According to recent reports, Apple's iPad and iPhone are keeping Japan's machining industry afloat — one of the leaders in its economy in the quarter — as well as dominating the touch screen market.

At the Business Insider's Money Game, Joe Weisenthal said that the sales of high tech manufacturing equipment could lift Japan out its deflationary cycle. The one bright spot last month was the resurgent demand from Chinese manufacturers making Apple iOS devices.

At the risk of indulging in over-enthusiasm about globalization, the fact that an American company, which builds its products in China, is having a meaningful impact on the export fortunes of Japan is pretty remarkable.

Then DigiTimes on Thursday said that Apple has grabbed about 60 percent of the touch screen market, which will put a squeeze on the competition.

Sources from iPad distributors pointed out that in 2010, Apple's order forecasts to its OEM partners were all high and the biggest problem on the supply side was not capacity, but low yields of touch panels. In 2011, Apple's strategy of taking up most of the capacity should help the company quickly expand its sales, while reducing its competitors' shipment growth.

Part of the slow arrival of tablets from competing vendors may be OS releated. But perhaps another reason for the delays is the shortage of components. By the time the bottleneck clears, Apple will be ready to release a further generation or two.

Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, CXO, Hardware

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  • RE: Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

    Most people who live to hate apple really don't grasp the impact Apple as ONE company has on the industry.
    CarlosViscarra
    • RE: Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

      @CarlosViscarra
      Well said, as in inventing the personal computer, the laptop, the trackpad, the PDA(Newton), the netbook(eMate), pioneering Online communities (eWorld), & Cloud Services. Raising the bar on touchscreen UI, and a host of other things they were either first or among the first. And like the iPod they were generally so far ahead that consumers didn't always ?get it? until another company introduced what Apple already had tried or done. Basically the competition is what is in a large part because they are chasing or racing with Apple innovation and design.
      Jamieohara
  • RE: Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

    And to think that an Apple computer my dad bought back in 1988 (IIc+) was made in Japan... I guess this means the Japanese have a new reason to love the fruity computer company.
    nix_hed
  • RE: Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

    I wish Apple would bring some of that work back home to America. We sure could use it.
    gtdworak
    • RE: Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

      @gtdworak
      Great idea, except it appears that there are no north American manufacturers of touchscreens. I know what you mean, but Apple does create and positively effect the US economy through their distribution, retail stores, customer service, and massive resale/refurbish market. A used Apple is a high quality item, so there are individuals and businesses earning gain in the secondary market as well as the primary market. Not to mention the cash flow from iTunes and selling iPod/iPad accessories. Did I mention the Apps? The door is wide open for creative entrepreneurs to profit from Apple stuff. The onus is on the individual not the corporation.
      Jamieohara
      • RE: Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

        @Jamieohara You are wrong. China and Japan are really huge markets.
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    • Better money flipping burgers

      Did you really read the article? The Chinese companies making iPads are buying automated machine tools from Japan. In Japan, the automated machine tools are themselves made by --wait for it -- automated machine tools. Encouraged by know- nothing politicians and know-nothing journalists, people have this 1940's idea about "high paid manufacturing jobs" where highly- skilled craftsmen earning good money work in factories to produce things.

      Those days are gone. The Chinese didn't take those jobs, the machines did. All these. "manufacturing jobs" you read about in China consist mostly of sitting on a stool watching a big machine. The "job" is to push The Big Red Button if smoke starts coming out the sides.

      There is no money in such a job. Not in China, and not here. Most manufacturing jobs today could be performed by a really well-trained German Shepherd. Forget the "high paid manufacturing jobs" that the politicians talk about. Those only exist today in high-ticket low volume operations like aircraft manufacturing. Anything that is done today in serious volume gets automated.

      By the way -- you can look this up -- China is losing manufacturing jobs. Not to people anywhere... to machines.

      Kneel before Watson, and welcome your new computer overlords.
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

        @Robert Hahn My Dad was a highly skilled machinist. He made parts for helicopter transmissions. He retired before the advent of computerized machines like the one in the article, but he retired because of hearing loss and emphysema from the environment of the machine shop. He died early due the the latter ailment. There are simply some jobs that the machines can do better with less harmful impact on the workers. There will still be a need for "Designed by Apple Engineers in California" creative designing which is where the human mind excels. We just can't be dependent upon jobs that machines do better, cheaper, and without the impact to the worker.
        Yes, the days of highly paid (union?) factory workers who excel at screwing a nut to a bolt in an assembly line and looking forward to an early retirement supported by pension plans using tax dollars is over. Thank goodness.
        dheady@...
  • Hey Trickytom3, Loverock

    It's just a toy right? Not in the wild right?
    Ron Burgundy
    • RE: Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

      @Ron Burgundy Hahaha!


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      lelandhendrix@...
  • RE: Apple iOS keeps Japanese heavy machining industry afloat, throttles touch screen market

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