Join hosts Renaud and Adrian as they discuss the ins and outs of factory audits and how to select the right one based on your specific requirements.

In this episode, Renaud shares insights from his recent experiences and highlights the latest developments at Sofeast Group, including the expansion of their plastic injection molding facility.

The main focus of the discussion is on different types of factory audits such as the initial factory evaluation, quality system audits, social compliance audits, and environmental system audits. They explain what each audit entails, why they are important, and how to choose the most appropriate audit for your situation.

Whether you are sourcing a new supplier or ensuring compliance with existing partners, this episode offers valuable guidance to help you make informed decisions and manage risks effectively. Tune in for expert advice and practical tips to enhance your manufacturing processes in Asia.


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Episode sections

  • 00:00 – Greetings and discussing the expansion of our plastic injection molding facility.
  • 02:32 – Selecting the Right Factory Audit.
  • 09:38 – Diverse Approaches to Environmental Audits.
  • 14:14 – Focus on Quality System Audits.
  • 16:56 – Social Compliance Audits and Risks.
  • 22:21 – Initial Factory Evaluation vs. Quality System Audit
  • 25:58 – Factors Beyond Quality Systems in Supplier Selection.
  • 27:37 – Dealing with Factories that Restrict Access
  • 34:59 – Factory audits as part of the new product development toolkit
  • 36:36 – Wrapping up.


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