Author Archives: Renaud Anjoran

Stainless steel bottle testing for safety & compliance. How is it done?

Stainless steel bottle testing is something importers need to get right as they’re classed as a food contact material product (FCM). They’re a hot product and something we’re asked about quite regularly. In this post, we’ll explain the kinds of … Continue reading

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Plastic, Silicone, Steel, and Others: Updated China Raw Materials Costs (October ’21)

This year (2021) we’ve been tracking the costs of China raw materials in order for importers to have a clearer idea of the market in China and allow you to plan ahead if prices for your essential materials seem to … Continue reading

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My Manufacturer Is Forcing Me To Accept Poor Quality! | Disputes With Chinese Suppliers Q&A (Volume 11)

Sometimes your Chinese supplier will use various dirty tricks to push you into accepting products that don’t reach your quality standard. Why could this happen and what can you do about it? Find out here with a helpful example and … Continue reading

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Power Cuts In China. Why are they happening and how could this affect manufacturing?

In September 2021, 10 provinces on China’s East coast forced their manufacturing sector to suffer power cuts. Even our own Dongguan contract manufacturing facility, in South China, was without power during the daytime on Monday and Tuesday this week. Widespread … Continue reading

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A Product Designer’s Tips For New Product Launches

In this post, we interview an experienced product designer to get his tips for new product launches. Why? A lot of people who come up with an innovative product idea think that the new product launch process goes something like … Continue reading

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IP Infringement In China. What To Do If You’re A Victim?

Here’s an interesting, yet unfortunate scenario about IP infringement in China. You have designed a new product and have found a Chinese manufacturing partner (supplier) to help develop and manufacture it under a manufacturing agreement. Nothing uncommon here. But how … Continue reading

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How To Reduce Risks As Your Order Sizes Grow When Working With Chinese Manufacturers?

Despite the pandemic’s numerous lockdowns during 2020 and 2021, one positive result has been a boom in sales for a lot of businesses as many consumers have chosen to upgrade electronic, exercise, and home office equipment, furniture, home and kitchenware, … Continue reading

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My Supplier Keeps Going Missing, Even When We Have Orders In Progress! | Disputes With Chinese Suppliers Q&A (Volume 10)

It can be very frustrating when a Chinese supplier isn’t responding to your messages when you have an order that you’ve already paid for in production, have urgent issues to discuss, or simply want to place an additional order. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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List of PCB Manufacturing Companies in India

Printed circuit boards or PCBs are an integral part of most of today’s electronics and consumer products, from industrial robots to automobiles to toasters. While many are manufactured in China, there are a growing number of PCB manufacturing companies in … Continue reading

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EU MDR Update: How To Get a New Medical Device Certified? [Flow Charts]

If you are developing a new medical device for sale in the EU, the EU MDR update affects you as you must now get it certified to the EU MDR regulation.  But what is the path to get it certified? … Continue reading

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