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For a lot of people, making actual stuff is very satisfying

Yes but "manufacturing" can mean all kinds of work, and you've not elaborated as to what your friend's family manufacturing business actually makes.

With the type of high-tech electronics manufacturing the original article is talking about no one actually 'makes' anything - it's watching lines of machinery print circuit boards and solder chips onto them.

That's very different to, say, a mom-n-pop US-based hand-made toy manufacturer where people are genuinely crafting something.

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