Trading Companies in China: A Complete Guide

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Everyone wants to stay away from Trading Companies and go directly to factories when buying from China. That said, it’s not always clear when the trading ends and the manufacturing begins. In this article, I aim to explain what a trading company is, and how they differ from manufacturers.

Further, I also cover the different types of trading companies, some of which are good and some of which are less so. Continue reading Trading Companies in China: A Complete Guide

Globalsources Electronics Show 2019: Highlights & Photos

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A little over a week ago we attended the Globalsources electronics show at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong. I had the honor to host a presentation and Q&A session covering electronics regulations in the United States and Europe. Unfortunately, there is no video recording available – but we have plenty of photos to share from the booths. Continue reading Globalsources Electronics Show 2019: Highlights & Photos

The Importers Guide to Guangzhou: Wholesale Markets, Visas & More

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Are you an importer or Amazon seller planning to visit Guangzhou, China? In this article, we explain everything you must know before your visit, and how to get there.

  • What kinds of suppliers can I find in Guangzhou?
  • List of Guangzhou Wholesale Markets
  • Trade Shows in Guangzhou
  • Ports in Guangzhou
  • How to get to Guangzhou
  • Visa Requirements

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List of Rapid Prototyping Companies in China

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Looking for a rapid prototyping company before you enter production? In this article, we list lading rapid prototyping service providers based in Mainland China and Hong Kong:

  • Esun
  • HLH
  • 3ERP
  • 3D Printing Lab
  • VPrint 3D
  • Kai Gong
  • Deep Mould
  • SuNPe
  • Vowin

What is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid Prototyping enables you to quickly, sometimes in a matter of days, create a physical product model. This model can serve as a proof of concept, or even for functionality testing, before you invest in more expensive tooling such as injections molds.

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List of Gloves Manufacturers in China

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Looking for glove suppliers in Mainland China? In this article, we list factories located in Zhejiang, Hebei, Guangdong, and Fujian – covering everything from safety and sports gloves to knitted and leather gloves.

In addition, we also explain why it’s essential to create a comprehensive product specification, regardless of whether you intend to buy custom-designed (OEM) or private label (ODM) gloves.

What should I include in my product specification?

When I speak to our customers on the phone, I often say that a product is only as good as its specification. In a way, you only get what you specify in terms of design, quality, and materials – nothing more or less.

As such, it’s crucial to understand what defines the design and quality of your gloves.

This is what I suggest you to include in your product specification:

  • Design drawings
  • Sewing patterns
  • Size chart
  • Bill of materials (e.g. fabrics and buttons)
  • Logo files
  • Care label

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Importing Watches from China: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import watches from China? In this article, we explain how you can implement our framework to go from design drawing and prototype to mass production and quality control.

This is covered

  • Product Specifications
  • Watch Movements
  • Design Customization Options
  • Straps
  • Product Packaging
  • Tooling Costs
  • Unit Prices
  • Prototype Development
  • Watch Standards and Regulations
  • Quality Control
  • Watch & Clock Trade Shows

Product Specifications

Watch Case

The biggest price factor is the watch case material. You have two options: Stainless steel or Zinc alloy. The latter is only used in low-quality watches, retailing for less than $50. Watches sold for above that price are almost always made of Stainless Steel, if exclude other less common watch case materials, such as plastic and silicon. Continue reading Importing Watches from China: A Complete Guide

FSC Certification When Importing from Asia: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import wood products or packaging carrying the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) from China, Vietnam or elsewhere in Asia? In this article, I explain how an FSC supply chain works, and what you must do to use the prestigious FSC logo on your product or packaging.

This is covered

  • Which products can carry the FSC logo?
  • What is FSC Certification?
  • FSC Forest Management Certification
  • FSC Chain of Custody Certification
  • FSC 100% and FSC Mix Labels
  • When can importers use the FSC Label?
  • How do I know if a supplier in Asia is FSC COC certified?
  • FSC when buying from trading companies

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List of Caps and Hats Manufacturers in China

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Planning to import caps or other headwear from factories in China? In this article, we list cap and hat suppliers in Guangdong, Jiangsu and other provinces.

In addition, we also answer key questions about what to include in your techpack, common quality issues and minimum order quantities.

Where are most Cap factories located in China?

Most export-oriented cap and headwear suppliers are located in Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Guangdong. If you’re planning to visit suppliers in this industry you’re quite likely to find yourself in at least one of the following cities:

  • Guangzhou, Guangdong
  • Dongguan, Guangdong
  • Xiamen, Fujian
  • Quanzhou, Fujian
  • Zhenjiang, Jiangsu

What should I include in my techpack?

While most factories can present showrooms full of demo products they’ve made for other customers, they still expect you to provide a complete techpack. These files must be included:

  • Design drawing
  • Sewing pattern
  • Bill of materials (fabric, color codes, velcro, and other parts)
  • Care label
  • Logo / Embroidery files
  • Size chart

While it may seem like a shortcut to send over a reference sample to the factory, that’s rarely the case. We’ve dealt with many cases involving buyer’s that fail to provide clear product information to their factories – something that often results in severe quality issues. Continue reading List of Caps and Hats Manufacturers in China

Watch Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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Millions of watches are assembled in China every year, primarily in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. With hundreds of watch manufacturers to choose from, it can be somewhat tricky to find one capable to manufacture your watch design.

In this article, we share our experience of China’s wristwatch industry and explain the factors that matter when selecting a manufacturer. We also explain what importers must know about design customization, and how this has a direct impact on pricing and minimum order quantity requirements.

This is covered:

  • List of Watch Manufacturers in Shenzhen
  • The role of the Watch manufacturer
  • Materials and Components
  • Design Customization
  • Heavy metals, phthalates, and other restricted substances
  • Product Packaging
  • MOQ Requirement
  • How do I know if the supplier can make my watch design?

 

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List of Watch Manufacturers in Shenzhen

Shenzhen is known as an electronics manufacturing powerhouse but is also the worlds largest industrial base for watch manufacturers. A few years ago I was told there are more than 3000 companies, both watch factories, and component suppliers, in Shenzhen’s Bao’An district aline.

Below follows a list of Shenzhen based watch suppliers that’s been around for a while:

  • Shenzhen Aiers Watch Co. Ltd
  • Shenzhen City Yonghao Clock And Watch Co., Ltd
  • Shenzhen City Yongda Clock And Watch Co., Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Kastar Timepieces Co., Ltd.
  • Window’s Clock & Watch Co., Ltd.
  • Shenzhen Zhongshi Watch Co., Ltd.

Note that all listed suppliers require that you provide a clear product specification for your watch, complete with design files, bill of materials and logo design.

Product Scope

While these companies all make watches, they are also specialized in certain types and materials. Here are a few examples:

  • Stainless steel watches
  • Zinc alloy watches
  • Plastic watches
  • Wooden watches
  • Digital watches

The role of the Watch manufacturer

The truth is that a ‘Watch manufacturer’ don’t really manufacture the watches. They assemble the watches and procure all individual components. The Watch case, crown, hands, clock face, and even the indexing are all produced by specialized subcontractors.

This also applies to movements, which are often procured directly from Miyota, Seiko or Ronda.

The Watch supplier is essentially managing these subcontractors, and assemble the final products. In general, all Watch suppliers have access to the same subcontractors. As they don’t invest much in R&D, this means that all suppliers in the industry have access to the same materials and components.

Does that mean that all suppliers are equal? Definitely not. Watch manufacturers differ on the following factors:

a. Product compliance: Most suppliers are not aware of EU and US product regulations,  such as REACH and RoHS. Hence, they may supply a product with excessive amounts of lead and other restricted substances.

b. Quality management: Managing a large number of subcontractors is not an easy task. At a minimum, the supplier must have established procedures for checking incoming materials and components – and checkpoints on the assembly line.

c. Management: Some people are just better at taking care of their customers and running businesses than others. This is also how it works in China’s watch industry.

So, what about pricing? The price difference between two different suppliers is normally small, assuming you get quoted based on the same product specification. As mentioned, the suppliers are buying materials and components from the same network of subcontractors.

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List of Quality Inspection Companies in India

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Shifting production to factories in India? Then it’s in your best interest to reach out to one of the quality control firms listed in this article – ready to send out their agents to factories located across the great subcontinent.

Is it necessary to book a quality inspection when importing from India?

The risk of quality issues is always relatively high when outsourcing production to other countries, India included. Once the goods are shipped there’s no turning back, as there’s no simple legal or economically viable way to either request a refund or return the goods.

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