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33123Re: [Z_Scale] Märklin and China

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  • bill.foote
    May 31, 2005
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      As ever, trust the media to get its facts wrong

      The statement "which makes most..........near Stuttgart" is just
      NOT true - the vast majority of what production is still located
      in Germany takes place in Nurnberg and Sonneberg

      The Goppingen factory (which I visited a month ago), is like a
      morgue, concentrating on producing some components, repairing
      models returned by customers for attention, and assembling an
      extremely limited range of models

      _If_ the statement attributed to Paul Adams about not letting
      production move to China is true (I have serious doubts about the
      truth of this attribution, as Marklin does already have some
      items produced in China), then Mr Martin of Hornby should be
      saving a few pounds in his piggy bank so as to be ready to step
      in, like he did with Limarossi, when the inevitable happens

      ***Read the full text of the article at


      Bill Foote <http://freespace.virgin.net/bill.foote>

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      An interesting article discussing the state of model train

      "The world's biggest maker of model trains is 145-year-old
      Märklin, which makes most of its products at its base near
      Stuttgart, although it also has a plant in Hungary. Insisting the
      company is recovering after severe financial problems, Paul
      Adams, managing director, says a move to China might enable
      Chinese train designers to learn about Märklin's technical

      "We are proud of being at the high end of quality and won't
      compromise on this," says Mr Adams, whose company's most
      expensive engine, made from gold, costs €35,000. Märklin has
      2,000 products but changes a quarter of them every year to
      accommodate customers' appetite for something new."
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