Yep, no such thing as a US-terminated HDMI cable. We have looked at doing it, and still haven't entirely given up, but the problem is that the cost is so high that it would drive away all of the customers who aren't real buy-American diehards. As you can imagine, too, the problem gets worse the shorter the cable is, yet the greatest volume of work is in the short lengths; and without large volume, the cost per unit is even higher.
I know, from my contacts at Belden, that others have looked at using US cable stock and having it terminated in China, but we are the only ones who have been willing to do it. I think that's primarily because the Belden cable stock is the most expensive bulk HDMI cable in the world (American labor's not cheap in bulk cable manufacture either!), and most people just don't want to mess with an American product when there are cheaper Chinese alternatives, especially given that those Chinese alternatives are a lot quicker to deliver to a Chinese assembly house. Most people in this market have a very high retail price to manufacturing cost ratio; if the cable needs to retail for 1000 to 2000 percent or more of manufacturing cost, the impact of manufacturing cost on the pricing model is very high, and the result is that it doesn't make sense to use American cable unless you are operating on much smaller margins, which we can do because we are direct-to-consumer.
From a cost standpoint, our Series-1 cable is on average about 90% American content; because the lengths are shorter and the stock smaller, the Series-F2 percentage is lower--but still, if I recall correctly, about 60 to 70% American content on average. The percentage of everyone else's is easy to work out: it's zero.
One interesting side effect of this, by the way, is that we occasionally are contacted by a customer who is outraged that we use Chinese assembly, and we are told how awful, and shameful, that is. Oddly, nobody ever calls to holler at us about how awful it is that our economy Tartan Cable line is made (100%) in China--and we imagine that the many, many suppliers who have their cable made entirely in China don't get these calls, either. I am too diplomatic to tell them so directly, but when we do get those calls I always feel like saying that if they want to vote with their feet and buy the all-Chinese product somewhere else, that's a very odd way to protest our use of Chinese assembly services.
On the subject of "where is HDMI cable stock made": I did learn at CES this year that there is one company that manufactures HDMI cable stock in Taiwan. Like us, they can't terminate it economically in their own country, so they send it to China for termination. To my knowledge, that's the only other HDMI cable in the world with any non-Chinese sourcing (and, of course, if you follow the US government's official "one-China policy" on these things, Taiwan is China, too...). I can't recall the name of the company, but it's not a name you would recognize unless you buy your HDMI cable by the containerload, and I think they've got a pretty small share of the market--I've never seen one of their cables in the US.
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