Liam Casey, "Mr. China," and electronics manufacturing


13 Responses to “Liam Casey, "Mr. China," and electronics manufacturing”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m familiar with PCH and have heard good things but them are other similar services. However you get your product built, you still can’t supplement good, detailed due diligence within your own organization. We’ve found has some good information to help provide additional insight in the areas of outsourcing/offshoring products and global enterprises.

  2. yclept says:

    I know of a company that was able to bring its product to market and compete successfully (first mover) by using PCH. Funny to see the BBC story etc.

  3. Minivet says:

    I see some warning flags here. To do responsible buying in China, you have to qualify the factories, which means visits, inspections, and detailed contracts. Has he done this for 900 factories? What happens when one of them saves money by using lead paint?

  4. noen says:

    It also gets very close to removing the need for Western input at all. Time to brush up on your Mandarin.

    “Yes, Mistress. How may I be of service?”

    “是,女主人。 我怎么可以提供服务?”

  5. joebrown says:

    Isn’t this exactly what Li&Fung ( does? I know they’re primarily apparel, but also manage all toys for Disney, auto part peripherals for AutoZone, merch and displays for Sephora and other cosmetics companies. This seems like more of a Me-Too business model than something shining and unique. Good on him for making a buck, though.

  6. gadfly says:

    “And he doesn’t speak Chinese.”

    is this supposed to be impressive or something? seems rude to me.

  7. aeon says:


    Not rude I think. Managing to set up a business in the PRC that works that well without understanding the language *is* an achievement. I *do* speak the language and wouldn’t attempt it. Doing business in China is culturally very different to an anglophone environment.

  8. aeon says:


  9. bardfinn says:

    This is actually an extension of a business model that began in the Semiconductor industry called a “fabless” business model – semiconductor designers would write the logic for a chip, and then have someone else manufacture it. It revolutionised the semiconductor industry, allowing semiconductor companies to (for example) have nine highly skilled employees come up with a design and bring it to market in (for example) 9 months, while keeping prices competitive.

    It turned the semiconductor industry from three vertical silos manufacturing VLSI (that’d be Intel, AMD, and TI) and a bunch of outlying horizontal ecosystems manufacturing discrete semiconductor items (diodes, transistors) to literally hundreds of designers in a horizontal ecosystem with original equipment manufacturers and value-added service providers (logic optimisation companies, logic verification companies, physical model test and verification companies, even companies that help you pick which foundry should manufacture your design).

    VLSI Semiconductor design went from being the exclusive province of those with – or who could raise – sufficient capital to manufacture their own silicon, to needing only a few million dollars in capital to bring a startup with a few employees to have a marketed and successful product.

    Obviously, the model works at more than just the semiconductor market level.

  10. Takuan says:

    figures you would

  11. David Pescovitz says:

    BARDFINN @3, Good call on the “fabless” comparison!

  12. Takuan says:

    if everyone also used pinyin with such, many others might benefit.

  13. aeon says:

    Sorry ’bout the lack of pinyin.


    wǒ zìjǐ huānyīng wǒmen xīnde huá bàtóu!

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