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Manufacturing Steel Parts in China: CNC, Die Casting & Steel Grades

Steel Parts

Manufacturing steel parts in China requires a thorough understanding of steel grades, production options (e.g. Die Casting and CNC), and material analysis options to ensure that you’re getting what you’re paying for.

In this article, Renaud Anjoran of Sofeast Limited in Shenzhen, explains what every importer must know about importing steel parts and products from China.

This is covered

  • When to use CNC machining
  • When to use die casting
  • CNC and Die Casting cost calculations
  • Chinese Steel Grades (and their international equivalents)
  • Importing steel from other countries (for China manufacturing projects)
  • Material analysis
  • On-site inspection of steel parts

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Clothing & Textiles Manufacturers in Bangladesh: Top 6 Factories

bangladesh garment

Bangladesh functions as a garment manufacturing hub for many large European and Japanese brands. For smaller brands, Bangladesh is an increasingly attractive manufacturing alternative to China.

In this article, we list some of Bangladesh leading clothing and textiles factories. In addition, I also explain how you can find additional supplier lists using the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) databank.

List of Garment Factories in Bangladesh

Alhaj Textile Mills Ltd

Founded in 1962, Alhaj Textile Mills Ltd is one of the oldest cotton manufacturing companies in Bangladesh. Alhaj Jute Mills is an associate company of Alhaj Textile Mills which was established in 1967.

The company was established as a private limited company but was converted to a public limited company in 1983.

The Textile Mills manufacturing unit is located in Ishurdi Pabna. It has a total of 20,160 spindles and 800 rotor head. Alhaj Jute Mills is located in Sharisabari Jamalpur. It employs 1600 workers and 200 officers and has a production capacity of 20 tons per day.

Alhaj textile Mills has a diverse product range which includes:

  • Viz. Cotton
  • Polyester Spun
  • Poly Viscose Blend
  • Poly Cotton Blend
  • 100% Viscose Blend

Currently, Alhaj textile Mills mainly exports to the South American market. This includes Perú, Brazil, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Argentina and other small countries in this region.

Address: 66 Dilkusha C/A, 4th Floor, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh Continue Reading →

Clothing & Textiles Manufacturers in Cambodia: Top 5 Suppliers

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Compared to other export nations in the region, Cambodia is a fairly small player in terms of population. However, the country is a major player in the textiles industry, which makes up 80% of Cambodia’s total exports.

In this article, we list some of Cambodia’s leading garment manufacturers and point you in the right direction to find alternative suppliers.

Cambodia Garment Industry Overview

A large number of Cambodia’s garment manufacturers are owned and operated by foreign companies. Many of which are from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan – but there are quite a few European players as well.

Further, Cambodian garment factories procure large quantities of fabrics and other components (e.g., velcro, zippers and buttons) from suppliers in Mainland China.

It’s also important to mention that some garment suppliers have been subject to criticism over extremely low wages, and poor facilities. That said, a few bad suppliers should not be allowed to tarnish the reputation of the entire textiles industry in Cambodia – as it provides desperately needed jobs and access to capital. Continue Reading →

List of Toy Manufacturers in China: Plush, Wood, RC, Plastic & More

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Looking for toys and children’s products manufacturers in Mainland China? In this article, we list some of China’s leading suppliers for the following toy categories:

  • Plus and soft toys
  • Educational toys
  • Electronic and RC toys
  • Wooden toys
  • Plastic toys

In addition, you’ll also learn what every importer must know about toy safety standards, minimum order quantity requirements and the best supplier directories for sourcing additional toy manufacturers.

Plush & Soft Toy Manufacturers

plush toys

Woodfield Toys Limited

Founded in 2009, Woodfield Toys Limited is a well-known manufacturer of soft and activity toys that export their products to global clients like Target, WalMart, Disney, Toys Rus, and Tommy. Their head office and the 5000 sqm factory is based in Dongguan, Guangdong, Mainland China.

The product range from Woodfield Toys is not only limited to soft toys but include several other products like:

  • Playmats
  • Rattles
  • Chimes
  • Teethers
  • Bibs
  • Blankets
  • Bedding products

They also offer OEM services to their clients with a promise to develop customize products according to client’s specifications in just three days.

Woodfield Toys exports 100% of their products to North America and Europe. They currently employ around 400 people with a monthly capacity of 150,000 pieces. On average, they offer 20 new product designs every month.

Address: No. 13 Shangkeng Industrial, District, Changping Town, Dongguan, Guangdong, China (523560) Continue Reading →

List of Shoes & Footwear Manufacturers in Vietnam

vietnam footwear

Looking for qualified shoes and footwear suppliers in Vietnam? In this article, we list some of Vietnam’s leading manufacturers, while also explaining what brands must know about the following:

  • Buying custom designed or private label footwear
  • MOQ Requirements
  • Finding shoe suppliers online
  • Relevant trade shows

Custom Design or Private Label?

Small importers tend to assume that manufacturers operate as design houses, developing their own yearly collections – for others to buy at factory prices, and resell with big profit margins.

That is not the case, as footwear manufacturers generally expect the buyer to provide a complete specification, including the following:

  • Design drawings
  • Bill of materials
  • Label files
  • List of standards

Some suppliers have basic ‘template products’, but don’t expect them to be on par with major brands. Continue Reading →

List of PCB and PCBA Manufacturers in China

PCB factory

In this article we introduce several PCB and PCBA manufacturers, however they may not be the perfect match for your specific product. Our Starter Package also includes a list of handpicked suppliers, according to your specs and needs. Click here to learn more!

Planning to manufacture electronics? In this article, we list some of China’s leading Printed Circuit Board (PCB) suppliers, both for mass production and prototyping.

In addition, we also cover some of the basics of PCB manufacturing, including:

  • What is the difference between PCB and PCBA?
  • PCB specifications
  • PCB design software
  • PCB prototypes

What is the difference between PCB and PCBA?

The PCB (Printed Circuit Board) is the layered board itself, without assembled components. PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) refers to the PCB itself, but with all components mounted.

If you browse suppliers on and, you’ll find many suppliers claiming to offer ‘PCBA’ or ‘PCBA service’. This signals that the supplier is not only making the printed circuit board itself, but can also manage the following:

  • Make pre-production prototypes
  • Procure components (i.e., CPUs and memory) from other suppliers
  • Manufacture the PCBs
  • Assemble the components on the PCBs

In other words, a PCBA supplier can offer a one stop solution for OEM electronics manufacturing, while a PCB manufacturers only make the board. Continue Reading →

Yoga Mat Suppliers in China: A Complete Guide

Rubber yoga mat

About to import Yoga mats from suppliers in China? In this article, we list some of China’s leading Yoga mat suppliers, and explain what US and EU importers must know about material options and product regulations.

Yoga Mat Material Options

Manufacturers make Yoga mats according to specification. As such, the quality is defined by the product specification, rather than the factory itself.

Before you even approach suppliers, you need to define your Yoga mat in terms of materials, and other technical specifications:

1. Thickness (1.5 – 7 mm)
2. Material (PVC, Natural Rubber or EVA Foam)
3. Surface material / texture (Laminated PU, No Lamination, Other)

Keep in mind that some Yoga mat suppliers are specialized in natural rubber, while others exclusively manufacture PVC products. Their product and material focus is the first thing you must confirm when approaching a supplier. Continue Reading →

Silk Suppliers in China: A Complete Guide

silk fabric

About to import silk scarves, fabric rolls or other silk products from China? In this article, we list some of China’s established silk producers and trading companies, based in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Shanghai.

We also explain what all Silk importers must know about chemical regulations, silk labeling requirements and minimum order quantity.

Production Clusters in Mainland China

Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, in eastern China, are the traditional production clusters for silk. Today, suppliers are not entirely concentrated to Zhejiang and Jiangsu.

However, as you can see in this supplier list, companies based in this region are still among the top silk exporters.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that their silk is exclusively produced there. In fact, many Silk suppliers are trading companies, buying raw materials from local producers in various provinces.

Also notice that many Silk suppliers are not apparel makers. They supply silk fabrics, but you may need to work with another factory to produce the final goods. Continue Reading →

Underwear & Lingerie Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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In this product guide, we explain everything you must know about Underwear & Lingerie Manufacturers in China, including industrial clusters, supplier qualification and design customization options.

We also explain what you must know about potential quality issues and applicable labelling requirements – and substance restrictions in the United States and the European Union.

Underwear and Lingerie Manufacturing Clusters in China

China’s export oriented underwear manufacturers are largely concentrated in the country’s primary textiles production centers; Guangdong Province, Fujian Province and Zhejiang Province.

If you intend to visit manufacturers in Mainland China, you are likely to find yourself in one of the following cities: Continue Reading →

Pump Manufacturers in China: Types, MOQ, Regulations & More

submersible water pump

Looking for a pump supplier in Mainland China? In this article, we list some of China’s leading pump exporters, most of which are based in Zhejiang province.

In addition, we also cover the following topics:

  • Types of Pumps
  • Product Regulations in the EU, US and Australia
  • Trade Shows
  • MOQ Requirements
  • Ordering samples
  • How to find pump factories on, and

Types of Pumps

There are hundreds of export focused pump manufacturers in China. Most are specialized in one or more of the following categories:

  • Diesel water pumps
  • Gasoline water pumps
  • Magnetic pump
  • Screw pump
  • Diaphragm pump
  • Gear pump
  • Solar pumps
  • Deep well pumps
  • AC/DC pumps
  • Sewage pumps
  • Submersible pump

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