Possible but a bit unlikely. 'Just in time' production strategy requires production and assembly to be close to each other and separation by outsourcing just one to another continent would throw this. Of course not everyone uses 'just in time' but the fact that assembly (for instance) is cheaper overseas would suggest production would be too. You are right that it might prevent total closure of the business as HQ might well stay here because of family and cultural reasons, although this in turn will be influenced by the tax regime; Boots is now an offshore producer, assembler and corporation with only a domestic retail presence. Corporate HQ moved for tax reasons.