Axis: Ends Made In China Products 2017 (Except For Domestic China Sales)By: John Honovich, Published on Mar 13, 2017
A member recently asked about where Axis is made because a school had raised concerns about the "security of Chinese manufactured cameras."
Here is Axis response:
Today we have very few globally available models manufactured by global EMS partners located in China. Going forward the plan is to use EMS partners located in China only for products dedicated for the Chinese market.
Beginning 2018 we expect this to be fully implemented.
China made, non-China sold Axis products, are quite rare as in the dozens of Axis models we have tested, none have ever been made in China, with all manufactured either in Thailand (M series) or Sweden (P/Q), with one P series dome made in the Czech Republic.
Note: EMS stands for Electronics manufacturing services and is often colloquially referred to as contract manufacturing. Axis develops the software, designs the hardware, etc. and the contract manufacturer builds it.
Made In China For China
For those wondering why Axis is making products in China for the Chinese market, it is important to do so and is common with other Western surveillance manufacturers that pursue business in China. China places significant penalties (e.g., financial) for those products manufactured outside of China. This is the reality of China's trade policies and is not common in most countries, including the USA.