Author Archives: Renaud Anjoran

Buy China Tooling For Plastic Production Abroad? (Benefits & Risks)

Many manufacturers utilize injection molding for the production of their plastic enclosures and components. When working with the right company, China tooling tends to be the right blend of quality, low cost, and relatively high speed. That’s why many importers … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Why Your Supplier Won’t Let You Visit Their Factory

Around 10 to 20% of the time suppliers demand payment from our clients before they allow an auditor, or even just a visitor, to visit the factory. As you can imagine, this makes factory audits and quality inspections difficult! Let’s … Continue reading

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How Many Prototypes Are Needed Before We Get ‘Perfection?’

Some people expect a perfect product that’s ready for manufacturing after just one round of prototyping. Is this realistic, though? Let’s explore how many prototypes might be required, why different rounds of prototyping are undertaken during the new product introduction … Continue reading

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My Supplier Has Raised Prices Unexpectedly! | Disputes With Chinese Suppliers Q&A (Volume 14)

A common fear that importers have when outsourcing product development and/or manufacturing to Chinese suppliers is that they will suddenly increase prices without warning. After doing months or even years of work to prepare to launch your new product, you … Continue reading

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What is the EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation?

The European Union is getting serious about sustainability and is already working towards ‘becoming a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use.’ … Continue reading

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How Sourcing From India Has Changed In 2022 (Part 2: Chennai & Hubli-Dharwad)

Following my recent trip to India to tour a lot of component manufacturers and get to grips with what it’s like as a supply chain base for today’s importers who’re interested in alternatives to China in June 2022, I wrote … Continue reading

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How Sourcing From India Has Changed In 2022 (Part 1: Trends & Manufacturing Landscape)

For the past 2 weeks in June 2022, I’ve been travelling around India on a mission to discover how sourcing from India has changed since my last visit around a decade ago. I’ve seen a number of different component factories, … Continue reading

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My Supplier Won’t Provide Important Supply Chain Information! | Disputes With Chinese Suppliers Q&A (Volume 13)

Anyone that has worked with Chinese manufacturers or suppliers for a period of time will no doubt have experienced times when they simply do not want to give you supply chain information. We recently discussed the problems caused by a lack … Continue reading

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Silicone Production Processes, Properties, And Testing [Videos]

Our senior engineer Paul Adams has put together a video playlist where he explores silicone production processes, properties, and the common testing importers do to assess this production material’s suitability for their products. If you use silicone in your products, … Continue reading

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My Supplier Pushes Back & Makes The Business Relationship More Difficult | Disputes With Chinese Suppliers Q&A (Volume 12)

Relationships with your Chinese suppliers aren’t always plain sailing. Oftentimes they push back against your requests and make the relationship more difficult. Let’s look at an real example we were sent of this (no identifying details given for confidentiality) and … Continue reading

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