Moving to China? Motorola's Texas plant to shut down by the end of the year
0. phoneArena 30 May 2014, 13:05 posted on
Motorola made a big deal last year about how the Moto X would be the first smartphone to ever be assembled in the US, specifically at a manufacturing site in Fort Worth, Texas, which was an old Nokia factory. The idea was to change the prevailing wisdom that manufacturing in the US was simply too expensive. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out and Motorola has announced plans to shut down the site by the end of the year...
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4. sgodsell (Posts: 3252; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
They should have added more customization from the beginning. Like the 64gb option for storage, and a different CPU. Also making the battery slightly larger in capacity, even if its not needed. Its still better to have too much, then too little.
16. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The Moto X was all about Google's new platform for "always on/always listening". A surprisingly high number of suckers got on board the "specs don't matter" train, but in reality, specs do matter. And no one who wants to have their own life and not be Google's property wants a Moto X.
26. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Specs only matter to the idiotic masses who buy Samsung phones. Or are you going to argue that a quad core moto g is faster than the dual core moto x? Because it isn't by a long shot.
28. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
6 months after I got a Moto X (and 8 months after I got a Droid Mini, which has the same internals) and I'm still a firm believer that beyond a certain point, specs don't matter.
39. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11391; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Specs do matter to some degree. I'm pretty sure if the Moto X was an actual flagship with better specs you'd be singing a different tune.
42. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Not necessarily. For the first time in my smartphone owning life I have no envy versus any other smartphone currently available.
46. troutsy (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
iPhone fanboy dropping into a motorola article to troll the specs argument.....
OH THE SWEET, SWEET IRONY!!!!!!!!
36. miggymini (Posts: 15; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
I'm not sure what you where trying to convey in your last sentence but the specs of the Moto X was perfect for the device and the OS. This phone is a phone that just worked. On the contrary, the amount of the "suckers" as you put them wasn't high enough otherwise Motorola wouldn't be in the financial mess its in now. As for you claim about what the Moto X was all about the “always on/always listening” came after Moto X's touch-less control feature. Those where innovations Google adopted from Motorola not the other way around.
18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11391; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Lol I called it. I said the same exact thing months ago but sniggly didn't believe me.
23. My1cent (Posts: 342; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Sad but TRUE!!
Their devices ain't bad BUT Sale Dept. svck! Canceled my order cuz billing address & shipping addr. aren't the same?!
I ordered a tablet from MSstore.com at noon & got it afternoon the next day!
Even I chose FREE delivery (3-7 days) option!!
What did Google say, Moto?
2. hellonerds (Posts: 313; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
That sucks.... hard to find jobs now days... im sure the moto will be even cheaper. .
15. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1070; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Wake up...when have you EVER seen a manufacturer get cost savings and passed them on to the consumer. This is because the stock is not performing well because of busted sales. This means they must relocate to make more to satisfy the stock holder.
Look at Dell they made a hell of a machine and when they went public on the stock market started sellin g junk.
Now they are going private meaning they don't have to make junk to pass money to stock holders. This may cause them to go back to the roots of making good high standard products.....or not!
The era of passing good products to the consumer has gone the way of selling mediocre products, and passing the fat from the high cost to CEO's, bonuses, and preferred stock holders. The consumer rarely gets cost passed along. Look at the iPhone and the profit, and all the other phones, and products. Profit is passed to the stock holder, and for big bonus the more they ream a customer the more bonus and stock they receive until the company dies.
3. brar.arsh (Posts: 200; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
** which was an old Nokia factory** There is something wrong with this factory.
I wish Apple takes over this plant and soon it's name would be history.. :P
5. NexusX (Posts: 482; Member since: 16 May 2013)
it doesn't matter how much US gov subsidizes manufacturing sector with tax breaks and incentives, the Chinese would beat them with cheaper labor even at a loss. they've got billion people sitting around wait for shiit to do. Americans need to stop subsidizing manufacturing sectors.
29. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Chinese people need to stop multiplying...
6. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Been there, done that, it sucks having your job relocated to China while you hit the unemployment line instead. It's ironic, a few years ago Moto only sold well in the US but now they are selling more overseas so their manufacturing goes there instead.
8. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Logical.. Assembling in Asia is cheaper and will down the price of the phone..
9. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)
Or it could simply be because Motorola is now owned by the Chinese company Lenovo, so it would make sense for them to bring manufacturing "home". I would imagine if Google held onto the business the phone would still be produced in Texas.
10. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Apple is also an American company and the only product that is assembled in USA is the new Mac Pro..
11. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, that sucks. I wonder if it'll affect the lead time on custom orders, since part of the reason for having the phone built in the US was the 2-3 day wait for custom phones.
19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11391; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
It's business. This was a dumb and risky move. They shouldn't have moved production to the united States.
22. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Risky? Yes. Dumb? No. The United States needs jobs and it needs jobs badly. I will never fault a company for trying to fill that need.
34. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11391; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
It needs jobs but there needs to be real change for that to happen. It was a dumb decision simply because the of the costs. That in addition to the X having lukewarm sales didn't help much.
35. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The initial estimate was that the costs weren't that much extra over what it would cost to manufacture and import the phones from China, but you're right. The lukewarm sales doomed the experiment.
I also agree that real change needs to happen in the US for jobs to come back here.
43. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3794; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
At least Moto tried it. Apple seems to have no problems with lukewarm sales, what's their excuse?
Look up what Jobs said to Obama when he asked what it would take to get Apple building in the US. As far as Jobs was concerned the only thing American he cared about was our money and what we could do for him. At least Cook has changed that perception a bit, offering funds matching for charities and such. But if any company could afford to do so, it'd be Apple. And until either they decide to do so, or the cost of Chinese labor approaches ours, those jobs will continue to stay abroad. Apple has reaped a lot of benefits from the US, maybe it's time they gave something back.
24. boosook (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
The problem is that Americans do not seem to care. They keep buying iphones, which are made in China, and ignored the Moto X. What should Moto do? They opened a factory in US because they hoped it would push sales, but it didn't happen, so it would be a suicide to continue.
25. boosook (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Why don't you thank all the americans that ignored the moto x and bought a china-made iphone instead? At least, google tried.
14. wrm2013 (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Politicians sold this country down the river decades ago. How's that change..... In your pocket doing
17. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Google u guys really screw this up. now loosing more american jobs. you should of at least buy the patents leave the hardware mobile division alone
31. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
How does this shut down have anything to do with Google? Google tried their best to provide more jobs for America with this US factory, and I respect them for that...
20. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 230; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
Will MOTOROLA even come out with a FLAGSHIP phone this year? Hey, CEO Einstein @ MOTOROLA, Chicago office: IF you want a winner in the US market remember: SPECS are PARAMOUNT!
27. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
What's a flagship phone? 5.5 inch qhd screen bullsht? Or just a SD 805?
A SD805 isn't going to magically make your phone better if the software on top of it sucks like Samsungs.
32. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
1080p display, S800/S801 chip, and 2500MaH battery, with everything else exactly the same as Moto X, and you have yourself a winner, Motorola....
33. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
And that gap is increasing constantly unless the rest of the world does something about it...
37. Topcat488 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Well I guess When President Nixon choose to open up China to the world... He didn't imagine this... Oh well... Back to the drawing boards on saving or bringing jobs to America. O.o
38. JunitoNH (Posts: 1613; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
We all knew this was coming, no surprise here. Apple haters, be careful what you wish for, especially if you're American. You can always use your Asian phone to seek new employment. Hey, maybe Google will hire you.
41. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You do know that Apple's hardware is pretty much all made in Asia too, right?
44. JunitoNH (Posts: 1613; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Yes I do. There are few, very few, items manufactured in the US. However, the ideas, engineers, concepts, and company are based here. Go to Walmart and try to find three items made here.
45. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, Motorola's ideas, engineers, concepts and company are still based here, and may likely stay here despite their new foreign ownership.
That's what I hope, anyway. It works for Dodge-Chrysler group.
47. FingerMyApple (unregistered)
Smart move Moto indeed