"Now we're allowed - actually requested - to go in other directions too," said Brian Strangways, director of the business development division for Canon Virginia.
"The mature, high-volume products went to low-cost countries," said Strangways
was hired this year by 3-D Systems
to mass-produce a desktop 3-D modeling machine.
"We've been doing it for 20 years, and it's been successful for both companies," said Strangways
The cartridges, not the printers, yield the profits.The cartridges are the heart of the machine, and require the most care to manufacture.That is why the production stayed in Newport News.One of the plant's first outside manufacturing clients moved production from China to Newport News because the necessary quality control and constant communication with engineers didn't work overseas.
"Manufacturing in China is great if the product is simple," said Strangways
"Logistically, it doesn't make sense to send that back overseas," said Strangways