By Hartmut Esslinger
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These competent company executives worked hard to become leaders in a difficult and very specialized market—a market that’s big enough to grow to a couple of billion dollars with staggering profit margins, but too small for the “global giants” like Siemens, GE, or Matsushita. The Mittelstand companies also benefit from their strategic locations. Most are based near mid-size or large German cities with very good universities, so the companies have both a local supply system for equipment and materials and a pool of highly skilled crafts people and qualified employees.
To convert the Apple brand from a Silicon Valley start-up to global player, the company had to change its design and engineering processes as well as its industrial model. Steve recognized the masterful production processes taking hold in Japan and Singapore, and one of the first steps he took toward the “new” Apple was to launch several important collaborations with Asian electronics companies. The Macintosh SE and the Apple IIc were in some ways Samsung-like products, because they were produced in Samsung’s Singapore manufacturing plant.
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A fine line : how design strategies are shaping the future of business by Hartmut Esslinger