@JohnAskew:No they've rationalised it by pointing out that it's nearer their customer base and certain important components of their supply chain as well as having marketing benefits (that probably could allow them a price rise...).

I imagine, in the medium-term future, as globalisation takes off and geographically related inequality subsides we'll see manufacturing become distributed among the consumer bases (i.e. rather than shipping devices around the world from a factory in China they'll have many smaller factories in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and so on).