Adrian and Renaud tackle the big question of cost versus quality and how they both affect each other in manufacturing. You’ll learn common Chinese attitudes towards them, the long-term power of lean, and some achievable levers that can bring you cost and quality benefits that most businesses can implement quickly.


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Episode sections

  • 00:00 – Greetings and introduction (inc. our team at CES ’24!)
  • 01:50 – What do we mean by Cost V Quality?
  • 04:49 – A typical Chinese manufacturer’s logic about quality.
  • 15:29 – The Lean manufacturing ideal.
  • 25:32 – Day-to-day keys that can give you quality and cost benefits. 
    • 26:38 – Do design for manufacturing and assembly
    • 29:30 – Follow a sound NPI process
    • 32:57 – Use good tooling and automation
    • 35:12 – Staff training for avoiding defects and more
    • 37:21 – Experience effects
  • 38:21 – Wrapping up.


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