I know for sure that many of the Owner hook products shit out of Japan, I would assume it would be cost effective in some sense for them to ship where they produce, but I can also see the argument of having hooks "made in japan" to jack up the price
If Owner claims Japan in spite of making them elsewhere, it is understandable albeit unfortunate. "Made in China" doesn't have quite the desired ring to it.....it's a bit like buying Walmart's house-brand hooks (as just about everything in Walmart is chinese).
I am a direct account of Owners and from what I understand and have seen ALL the hooks are made in Japan. At Gamakatsu (we are direct account as well) they make the hooks in Japan, sent to Singapore for packing, and then back to Japan for distribution.
I have yet to see an Owner product from China, but I will ask next week when we are back in the States.
I really wish more products would be made here but sadly that is not the case.
labour & energy costs are driving product manufacture and processing of all types to the cheapest source in the world. That source is changing all the time.
As GVP in a country moves up and cost of living increases, site of manufacture or processing moves on.
Stainless Steel manufacture has virtually ceased in Oz , despite being a major world source of high quality iron ore, steelmaking coal, and many alloy ores............ its now primarily made in China & India due to their lower labour & energy costs.
one Fish co-operative here freezes fish and ships it to Asia for filleting and then ships it back to the Oz market for sale, rather than fillet it here.
its really irrelevant where a product is made these days as far as quality is concerned, it all depends on the quality control of the brand label, that is implemented at the manufacturing site under the supply contract.
Reputable brands will always maintain tight quality control because they have a reputation to protect ..............but there will always be 'knock-off' merchants and others deliberately manufacturing a poorer product just to achieve a lower pricepoint, trying to achieve market penetration.