1945 or 2015? Seventy
years have passed since this photo of a vacuum tube manufacturing facility in China was taken. Given that most
new vacuum tubes are made in China, and that the labor work conditions have not changed much in the intervening
time period (except in high-profile plants like
Foxconn where Apple products are made), this might very likely represent
a modern day operation. BTW, most of the vacuum tubes not being made in China are made in Russia... to assure
their antiquated infrastructure has an ample supple of replacement parts. I say that only partly in jest. The
largest market for new vacuum tubes is music amplifier equipment and a few commercially made vintage radio
replicas (like my
Tesslor Model R601S).
Chinese Vacuum Tubes
JJ Electronics vacuum tubes, manufactured
in China, available new on
Gate is another Chinese vacuum tube producer that sells on Amazon.
Russian vacuum tubes are also available on
is another Russian vacuum tube manufacturer whose products are sold on Amazon.
This picture (right) was taken in the battery factory of the Central
Electric Works near Kweilin, China, before the Jap forces occupied
the city. The photograph shows the rather crude method employed
in the manufacture of radio tubes. Similar to American industries,
girls do the intricate assembly work. The city of Kweilin was recently
retaken by the Chinese forces. However, there is considerable doubt
as to whether production at this plant has been resumed. The radio
industry in China has always been rather crude. Chinese officials
aware of this fact have recently made plans to adopt American production
methods to facilitate expanding the radio industry in China. Provisions
have been made to send a group of engineers to this country to study
our production methods.
Posted February 27, 2015