I distinctly remember saying that India is going to be the New China somewhere here a while back.
I was talking about how all of the cheap trinkets and even the machinery that we have been getting from China for decades now is going to start showing up as being made in India more and more.
Because of President Trump and his trade war with China and some savvy business people in India seeing an opportunity to grab some market share, you are most definitely be going to see Made In India more and more here in the future.
I think I made the observation shortly after I bought an inexpensive knurling tool off of Ebay for my mini lathe and Mountain Forge kind of jumped my shit for not buying something made here in the states.
For one thing, I honestly don’t think anyone here in the U.S. makes ANYTHING for the cheap Chinesium mini lathes.
They may sell stuff for them but almost all of it comes from China just like the mini lathes themselves.
That particular item wasn’t the first or even the second piece of Machine Tooling that I had purchased off of Ebay that originated in India as a matter of fact.
I had purchased some metric T nuts and a 4 inch Angle plate before and what caught my attention besides them being on a price point very comparable to what the Chinese wanted for them, the quality actually turned out to be a step above what I had been getting but more importantly, they were offering Free Shipping to boot and that sealed the freaking deal for me.
This was several months ago as I recall so I was a bit surprised to see someone else putting two and two together on this very subject that has absolutely nothing to do with machinery or tooling but rather something that may surprise you like it did me.
Leather Boot laces of all things.