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A single factory in China explains why MCI needed trimming

To understand the forces Maersk Container Industry is up against, and why MCI has shut down two of its three factories within just a few months, there is one competitor in particular, and one factory, that explains most of the story.

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One must look to the city of Foshan in China's Guangdong Province for much of the explanation behind why Maersk has, within just half a year, shut down two of its three container factories and laid off 3,000 – or more than half – of its employees.

The ultra-robotized Fuwa factory is key to understanding why Maersk Container Industry in just a few months changed its plans from serving as a supplier of reefer and dry containers from several continents to now having just a single production facility left in Qingdao, China, where the company only makes reefer containers.

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