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Tomorrow's game: Offshore production with robots

Execs must factor in shifting costs and tech when choosing Asia's next factory site

TOKYO -- Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, has been at the forefront of offshoring in recent years, attracting foreign investors in droves as they scour the world for a low-cost alternative to production in China, where wages are rising.

But a recent visit to Phnom Penh offers intriguing signs that the offshoring trend is losing steam. Offshoring occurs when a company moves operations from one country to another to take advantage of lower labor costs or more favorable economic conditions. Typically, it involves manufacturing for export.

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