China Factory Management – We asked Kim Pen what’s going on behind the scenes

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Chinese manufacturers tend to work in mysterious ways. Well, at least that’s what they want you to think. Today we’re happy to publish our interview with Kim Pen, consulting director of CMC in Shenzhen, China. He explains how Chinese manufacturers are managed and tells you how to make an informed supplier selection.

Kim, please tell us about your company and what you do.

I am the consulting director of CMC (China Manufacturing Consultants). We work for importers that want their key suppliers to improve. Most of the time the client’s priority is better quality (less problems). My job is to find a few key issues to focus on and then accompany the factory as they act on these issues. But also to frame the action plan the right way, and get the factory to “buy in”. It is a sad reality that most Chinese manufacturers care only about costs, not about quality. Continue reading China Factory Management – We asked Kim Pen what’s going on behind the scenes

CE, RoHS and FCC Certification Explained – Interview with Han Zuyderwijk of CEmarking.net

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Han Zuyderwijk (we’ll give you a free Supplier Screening if you can properly pronounce his last name) is the founder of cemarking.net, the leading online resource for information on product certification. In this interview, Han explains what CE, RoHS and FCC really means – and why European and American importers should care!

Han, please tell us a bit about what you do and how you got started.

Hi, my name is Han Zuyderwijk. My last name is really a tongue-breaker, so everyone calls me just Han. Han is short for Johannes: in English you’d say “John”. I am Dutch. Yeah, a real cheese head… Continue reading CE, RoHS and FCC Certification Explained – Interview with Han Zuyderwijk of CEmarking.net

Quality Control when buying from China – Renaud Anjoran explains why it matters

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Renaud Anjoran, from France, is the founder of Sofeast – a Quality Inspection firm based in South China. He’s the guy to call when you want to be sure that your products are in compliance with your quality requirements, or when you already have serious quality issues. With years of experience in the industry, he has a lot to share with us. Renaud explains why Quality Control is essential for all businesses importing from China and how you can deal with your supplier when things go wrong.

Renaud, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into Quality Assurance to begin with?

Originally I came to this region for a job in a trading company based in Hong Kong. After about 18 months, I felt Chinese manufacturers had cheated me in every conceivable way and I was very frustrated. I was trying to get in another activity. Continue reading Quality Control when buying from China – Renaud Anjoran explains why it matters

Social Entrepreneurship and Importing from China – Interview with Kevin Ackermann of BACA Jewellery in London

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I’ve met hundreds of business owners from all corners of the world since I started out. One that really made a lasting impression on me was Kevin Ackermann, co-founder and CEO of BACA Jewellery Ltd based in London, UK. In this week’s article we introduced you to the importance of branding when importing products from China, something that Kevin Ackermann has managed exceptionally well. In this interview he tells us about his journey that started with a flight to Shanghai and brought him all the way to the United Nations.

Kevin, please tell us a bit about what you do, how you got started and how it involves China.

I am a Social Entrepreneur running and advising several startups based in London and San Francisco, CA. I am very passionate about retail hence my interactions with factories in China.

At BACA Jewellery, where I am currently acting as CEO, we import pearls and other components from China. Even though 98% of cultured freshwater pearls come from China and the region has built up a great reputation for its quality pearl jewellery, I wanted to check out every step of the supply chain myself to make sure that we do not exploit anybody. Continue reading Social Entrepreneurship and Importing from China – Interview with Kevin Ackermann of BACA Jewellery in London

Interview with a China sourcing expert – Anders Bäckström of Current Consulting

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Anders Bäckström is the co-founder of the sourcing and quality assurance company Current Consulting Group. With offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and their native Sweden, they manage various aspects of the supply chain for clients in Europe, Asia and North America. Anders Bäckström set his foot for the first time in the far east back in 1994. He is a leading expert in the sourcing industry and that is why we wanted to share his views. Keep reading to find out more!

Anders, please tell us a bit about how you got started.

I grew up in Sweden, but started traveling early. My parents had been living and working abroad for many years and therefore it felt only natural for me to do the same. Before I came to China I had already been working in Guatemala, US, Spain and Holland for a number of years. Continue reading Interview with a China sourcing expert – Anders Bäckström of Current Consulting

Behind the scenes of a Chinese Watch Manufacturer – Interview with Ningle Zhong

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I met Ningle Zhong at the HKTDC Watch fair in Hong Kong back in September 2012, while representing a client. Since then a lot of things have happened in life and business for both of us. Ningle Zhong is the founder and manager of the watch manufacturer Shenzhen Babylon Watch Co.Ltd. In this interview we look into how he got started, his views on the industry and what he thinks about the future.

Before you started Shenzhen Babylon Watch Co., Ltd. you were working for a Trading Company in Shenzhen. How come you decided to start your own factory?

When I was working for my previous employer I received a lot of customer complaints regarding quality issues. Each time I was being put into a position where I had to find a solution to these issues, I started thinking if I could make a difference. I spotted the opportunity and decided to give it a try, I started my own business. Continue reading Behind the scenes of a Chinese Watch Manufacturer – Interview with Ningle Zhong