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Just imagine for a moment that you manufacture a product in America that has quickly become a hot selling item. You decide to expand distribution of your product to China because you know China is a very fast-growing consumer market. But where do you begin?
The hottest trend in US manufacturing is Reshoring. According to a recent study by Boston Consulting Group, 54% of all US companies over $1 billion in revenues are planning or considering bringing at least some of their manufacturing back to the US. But just how attractive is it to leave China? This decision isn’t an easy one.
A few times a year, when my clients request it, I go to China to evaluate a manufacturing site, solve a quality problem, or set up a new operation. I have seen some things that are astonishing and some not so pretty.
I help my clients (and the attorneys representing them) to understand the nature of doing business in the tough and tumbling and very high-energy environment of Chinese manufacturing.
I spend a lot of time qualifying Chinese factories, helping my clients identify new sources and resolving production and quality problems. You wouldn’t believe some of the things I have seen. And when a new fad product arrives on the scene, I cannot help but wonder what might go wrong because there are plenty of things that can. Take hoverboards for example.
Quality Fade, the process of quality degradation over time, is the single biggest issue in low cost manufacturing countries. It happens frequently in China where manufacturing processes are immature and competitive pricing drives the profits to extremely low levels.