Manufacturing in China with Fero
With all the volatility and uncertainty surrounding the Chinese economy right now, some companies, manufacturing their products in China, may be concerned how it might affect their business. So, we thought it might be a good time to explain how Fero works with some of it’s clients in China.
Many companies see China as the answer to all their problems. Surely when you deal with China you get lower costs, better service and higher outputs/quicker times?
But it’s not all a bed of roses and there are definitely some challenges that most companies will face. Here are the top 4 reasons people struggle with China:
1. Finding a Factory
The #1 reason why people don’t manufacture overseas seems to be that it’s just not easy to find a factory. At Fero we understand this and that is why we have done all the hard work for you. We have found various suppliers that will deliver our products to the highest spec and we are happy to introduce you.
The language barrier does exist and can be hard and frustrating at times. Using webcams and photographs at every stage of the process can be essential. At Fero we have staff that speak the language so can easily converse direct with our Chinese manufacturers. We have also been able to customise the process so everyone understands what is required and when.
3. Higher Minimums
Chinese factories often work in quite high MOQs and sometimes these figures can simply rule you out of the market. At Fero we are able to produce shorter runs here in NZ and then send some of our other work, where relevant, out to China, giving you a WIN WIN situation.
4. Quality of Work (Sometimes)
This is something that can be hit and miss. Companies must stay on top of quality control because mistakes happen and corners are cut – no matter where the factory is located. At Fero we have put in stringent quality control checks throughout the whole process. This includes getting samples made up, changing materials and testing the looms before we even agree to manufacture.
So is China still a good place to manufacture?
Yep absolutely, as long as you know what you are doing and have some experience in the field.
At Fero we have been able to develop relationships over many years. Our Chinese factories understand our processes and the quality that we expect. This knowledge and experience enables us to offer some clients the ability to take some of their work offshore if appropriate whilst still maintaining manufacturing here in NZ.
If you are interested in getting Fero involved in your manufacturing, give Sam a call on 09 274 0104.