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Relationships Differentiate in Global Markets

A few follow-up thoughts on the global industrial products trade fair in Hannover, Germany last week. I came away with two very distinct, very different thoughts about what is happening in industrial markets, how customers are sourcing, and the impact on distributors.
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First the mind-boggling news. Some end-user customers and distributors I interviewed there were looking for the next source of product beyond China. Why? China pricing will be too expensive in a year or two. It's hard to exaggerate how many times I had to process that thought: China pricing is too high& hellip; "
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Of course, it is no surprise except for the speed at which the search for the next lowest-price source of product is happening. India, Turkey and other low labor-cost countries are in ...

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