Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A lesson from China

Shagang, the Chinese steel company owned by self-made billionaire Shen Wenrong, is raising its prices, according to Steel Business Briefing (4 January 2009).

In a manufacturing recession, this is a counterintuitive move by the man who bought what was left of the German "Phoenix" steelworks and shipped it to the Yangtze, reasoning that a ready-made factory would not only get into production faster, but (at the scrap price he paid for it) without the debt burden that would ruin his competitors when (as he foresaw) the next downturn came.

The company may also push ahead with its plan to "go public" and expand its operations.

We could do with people like him, over here.

1 comment:

James Higham said...

... and his money.