Since its inception, Nike has established a reputation as an American athletic brand across all sports, from basketball to football and everything in between. Nike designs may be American, similar to New Balance, but it is now widely known that the shoes are made in China and Vietnam. The fact that the company is notorious for questionable labor and sweatshop tactics doesn’t help.
Although Bausch and Lomb Company established Ray-Bans in 1937, the brand is no longer American. Tom Cruise may have contributed to the brand’s transformation into a luxury item. In 1999, the company was sold to Luxottica, a titan in the production of sunglasses. Presently, China and Italy are the countries where these glasses are made. Only older models offered by independent dealers and owners are built in America.
iPad and iPhones
It’s hardly surprising that Apple takes advantage of China’s low wages given that it is the biggest and most admired corporation in the world. The reason is unknown to many, though. It is not surprising that these wildly popular electrical gadgets are produced in the resource-rich region given that China controls 97% of the world’s supply of rare earth elements (gold, silver, and copper, to mention a few).
Tesla, led by the lauded but divisive Elon Musk, is an American success story that, depending on your perspective, has factories all over the world. In Shanghai, China, a new factory has just been constructed. Even while Tesla may have a sizable factory in Fremont, California, indicating that the company is largely American-made, approximately 50% of its product parts are still built elsewhere.
Motorola is yet another IT business that is now controlled by Chinese investors, like many others. Google sold the phone brand to Lenovo in 2014. Although the company’s main offices are located in Chicago, Illinois, Motorola currently manufactures its phones in China and occasionally even India.