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Can Wales compete? Learning from Ethan Allen

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I have just caught an episode of the Dylan Ratigan show and Dylan was speaking to Farooq Kathwari CEO of Ethan Allen Furniture in the United States. Ethan Allen is an American success story, and proof that American manufacturing can compete with low cost countries like China and India. At the moment Ethan Allen produces most of its furniture (65%) in the US with the goal being 70% in the near future. Ethan Allen has shops in China selling its US made furniture..

Mr Kathwari made a interesting point that Germany cost is very high yet Germany is still on of the World’s largest exporter. Surely that Wales could compete with high quality products, a matter of quality over quantity.

However we need a well trained and well educated work force and the question is? Is the Welsh education system up to the challenge?

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October 1, 2010 Posted by | Business, China, Ethan Allen, Farooq Kathwari, Furniture, Germany, United States, Wales | Leave a comment

Americans conducted tests on Guatemalans. Infecting them with syphilis

A rather disturbing story has just come out of the US. Apparently the americans were conducting tests on Guatemalans by deliberately infected them with Syphilis between 1946-48. The full story can be found here.

Not that sort of thing that would endear Americans to Latin America.

Hugo Chavez must be having a field day!

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October 1, 2010 Posted by | Guatemala, Health, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kathleen Sebelius, Latin America, Sexually transmitted disease, Syphilis, United States | Leave a comment