Cellnet’s acquisition of a factory to manufacture mobile phone and Navman accessories in China could well be at the sharp end of a new industry trend. Since acquiring exclusive distribution rights for the Scala brand of mobile, hands-free and navigation accessories for Australia and New Zealand, the company has leased a new warehouse and factory in south China’s Guangzhou. It opened officially last month. Cellnet has a team of around 20 Chinese workers, as well as a Guangzhou-based operations manager and two staff members in Australia responsible for overseeing the operation.
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Ten years is a long time in anybody’s book. Though in the IT industry 10 years is an eternity. In 1997 you used a mobile phone that looked like a brick to make calls. You took pictures with a camera and shot videos using a video camera. Email – if you used it then – was accessed from your 486 PC.