Author Archives: Adrian Leighton

How To Qualify A Contract Manufacturer Or Component Supplier [Podcast]

We’re often asked how to qualify a contract manufacturer or component supplier. In this episode, Renaud explores the best practices importers could follow when sourcing new manufacturers or suppliers in China, or beyond. This includes sourcing options (who to use), … Continue reading

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9 Things Small Importers Can’t Negotiate With Chinese & SE Asian Suppliers [Podcast]

In This Episode… Renaud is joined by Adrian for a conversation about some of the things that smaller companies who are getting products manufactured abroad either cannot or will have great difficulty negotiating with suppliers in China, Vietnam, or other … Continue reading

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How To Choose The Right 3PL Logistics Company?

Do you have trouble getting answers from your freight forwarder when there are issues? Do you even have an account manager with them? Is your current system creaking under the strain? If so, it’s probably time to invest in assistance … Continue reading

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ISO 9001 QMS Features, Benefits, & Implementation Tips [Podcast]

In This Episode… Phil Brown, owner of Phil Brown Consultancy, who is an ISO 9001 and 14001 consultant in the UK joins us in this episode of the China manufacturing decoded podcast. Phil talks us through the ISO 9001 QMS, the requirements … Continue reading

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Getting To Grips With Non-Recurring Engineering Costs (NRE) [Podcast]

In this episode of the podcast, we discuss Non-Recurring Engineering costs for manufacturers. As the name suggests, these costs are usually one-off and are what it takes to get your product into production. These costs are perhaps better known as … Continue reading

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Why Are Pilot Runs So Important When Launching New Products? [Podcast]

Pilot runs aren’t just a ‘good idea,’ they’re a must when manufacturing new products as you are about to find out… Renaud and Adrian from the team explore an important part of the new product launch process: pilot runs. In this … Continue reading

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Is Investing In Process Automation In The Factory Worth It? + Implementation Best Practices [Podcast]

Automation is a major focus of the Chinese government and many manufacturers here, but can it really reduce costs..? Renaud will answer the questions: “Is Investing In Process Automation In The Factory Worth It?” and “What are the best practices to … Continue reading

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Exploring Manufacturing and New Product Development in Vietnam [Podcast]

Vietnam continues to be a popular alternative to China for today’s importers. Let’s explore it… Renaud interviews Simon Caballero, a Hanoi-based purchasing manager and expert on manufacturing in Vietnam, to discuss the manufacturing industry in Vietnam, common risks and issues … Continue reading

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How A DFQ Review Designs Quality INTO Your Product At An Early Stage [Podcast]

What if you could reduce the chances of quality problems long before your product goes into production? A DFQ review can help you achieve this!   What is DFQ? Design For Quality is where we review a number of factors … Continue reading

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The Many Benefits Of Preventive Maintenance [Podcast]

Listen to this episode, where Renaud introduces why preventive maintenance is important and shares some examples to help illustrate how it all works and its many benefits. If you’re interested in implementing a preventive maintenance plan of your own, we … Continue reading

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