Both are made in the same factory in Taiwan by a company called Topkey. www.topkey.com.tw
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Both are quite nice, with the Scott being far lighter. I'm sure that many people on WW can vouch for this, but in my opinion they are far too commercialized for me.
btw - if you visit that link, you'll find that Tokey has 5,000 employees in China and only 170 in Taichung. How they operate the production line in Taiwan is beyond me
"Topkey production based in Xiamen are considered to be the most reliable carbon process manufacturer."
Xiamen ---> a province in China.
"The Production floor space: 3,000 square meter. capacity 60,000/ bike frame, 150,000 / fork & components in annual basis.
The Taiwan facility only has 2,629 sq meters of room. The Chinese facility in Xiamen has 65,032 sq meters. hmmmm which manufacturs the frames?
"made in Taiwan" is basically something Taiwanese OEM stamp on their frames now a days as they shift manufacturing to the mainland because Taiwanese labour prices are less competitive. The biggest exception is Merida and Giant - both companies are large enough and have the technological investment to continue high-end in Taiwan, but how long? Too early to say, probably not sustainable.
As a believer of the consumer benefits offered by globalized economies - I don't think it matters where it is made (I'm not made in the USA myself but I live in the US), but it is sure amusing eh?
this is one reason why I had difficultly believing superlite's theory that topkey made CR1. His best evidence came from a sheet of Q.C. inspection with Topkey stamped on it, but it was traditional chinese (which mainlanders aren't educated to use after the 50s~60s.)