And that ladies and gentlemen is how corporate policies are formed...Read a sci-fi story once (might have been by Ray Bradbury) where creatures come to Earth to help out mankind. They can replicate anything from base elements - all they need is the original item.
Mankind becomes utterly reliant on them and, over many years, all manufacturing capability is lost.
The aliens gradually age, die, or just become dormant - plus, the copies they end up making are copies of copies of copies etc and they simply don't work.
Mankind becomes enraged and turns on their benefactors, attacking and killing them before beginning the descent into barbarism and extinction.
Bugger, I should have remembered that, thanks very much, i'm sure ive got a copy in the loft somewhereI've just remembered what the story was:
'Pay For the Printer' by Philip K Dick.
Alien was called a 'Biltong' - that's the bit I remembered. Google did the rest.