Rising labour costs in global manufacturing hot spots are redefining the map of global manufacturing, driving growth into the next group of low cost countries. This is forcing higher-cost countries such as China up the value chain. Labour cost is not the only determinant of production/ sourcing decisions. Even for cost-sensitive production such as fast fashion, proximity to consumer markets is increasingly important. Regions/countries close to major consumer blocks that offer a good balance of cost/risk are those best placed to see more “nearshoring” investment. These regions include Central and Eastern Europe, some Mediterranean countries, South East Asia and Mexico.
Source : Colliers International