China's export comeback has factories scrambling for workers

Manufacturing boom fuelled by foreign demand; some factories cope by hiring temporary staff

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BEIJING • China's manufacturing recovery, fuelled in part by demand from Covid-19-constrained consumers abroad, has soared past expectations this year, so much so that factories are now struggling to fill a shortage of blue-collar workers to clear mounting orders.

The country's output of industrial robots, computer equipment and integrated circuits has roared back from its coronavirus paralysis - production for the year to last month is up 22.2 per cent, 10.1 per cent and 15.9 per cent, respectively.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2020, with the headline China's export comeback has factories scrambling for workers. Subscribe