I thought I read somewhere that they were doing the assembly and testing and that's why they had trouble meeting demand, I could be mistaken.Who said it was assembled by Fractal employees? I'm fairly certain they weren't doing component soldering and that's the bulk of the assembly. I'm also certain final QA was, and still will be, done by Fractal employees here in the USA before any units ship. No way would Cliff let go of that quality control. He just bought a big, new warehouse to put all the stuff in to handle all of this stuff too.
I don't see how that changes based on where parts are populated on to boards and boards are screwed on to chassis. I think they still love what they do. Don't you?
I'm quite positive the Fractal team's involvement in the QA and final inspection of the products will be the same as what it was when the units were manufactured in the USA.
Final test, programming and QC will still be done in the US. We test and inspect every unit. We do not do random sampling. Every single unit is put through a full functional test and inspection. A second QC operation is then performed prior to shipping. Costs more but results in less returns due to defects.Out of curiosity, how does Fractal QC it's products? Are Fractal employees doing the QC? Is it a random sampling of a production run or is each unit individually QC'd when it arrives from China or wherever?
I know regardless of where a product is manufactured/assembled that sometimes defects arise during manufacturing/assembly and quite often those defects only become evident later on. I'm just curious as to what the process is more than anything.
Yes taxes matter, but Labor costs are the biggest reasons. Taxes pale in comparison to employee "minimum wage" and all the extras like unemployment tax, benefits, matching soc sec deduction etc, etc. Not to mention the cost to have people like me to process all that. I just did an 8 year stint processing payroll for 350+ employees in an upscale retirement community.It's mind boggling.Could be coming soon....
It's hard to compete in the US when taxes / tariffs are lower if you build overseas and ship back versus start to finish in the US.
True in many cases of government owned/controlled industries. Eg steel, automotive etc. Hardly never for small medium sized private companies/factories that I would guess FAS and most other buyers source products from here.Their government offers subsidies which keep their manufacturing costs low, or so I've read.
I doubt anyone does, but I can only speak for myself. No, I don't believe that. Just business in the USA...plain and simple........Does anyone here believe they do it just to park another Lambo on their driveways ? So far I had the impression they were really passionate about the products they develop.
Very nice. Thanks for being so transparent. I've never had any issues with my Axe FX II XL and I don't anticipate having any with my soon-to-arrive AX 8. I appreciate that you guys are so focused on quality.Final test, programming and QC will still be done in the US. We test and inspect every unit. We do not do random sampling. Every single unit is put through a full functional test and inspection. A second QC operation is then performed prior to shipping. Costs more but results in less returns due to defects.