Quality Management

Is China still a copying center?

China is synonym of copying. If you want any product, the Chinese can copy the exact same product and deliver it to you faster, cheaper and sometimes more customized than the original one. But is it still only synonym with copies and cheap products? As other Asian countries emerge as the new cheap place to produce, Chinese labor costs become more expensive in comparison. Vietnam, Malaysia and Myanmar are gaining in popularity when looking for low costs. China still has a lot to offer thos...

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Wrist Watches Factory Inspection

Good Morning Everyone! Ever heard the saying “clock watchers never seem to be having a good time”? Clearly, the One that said that never went on a wrist watches factory inspection! Let me tell you more about this! WHERE: Shenzhen, Guangdong Province WHEN: August 15th WHAT: Wrist Watches SBE TEAM: Jason – Engineer, Valentina, Teodora and Ade – Interns  Our journey started at Huangbeiling Station and it took almost 45 minutes to get to Qinghu Station at the end of...

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The importance of third party companies

In this day and age, it is very common to import products from other countries and then sell them locally. It reduces costs and it allows you to access to a wider range of products and designs. This is good for your business, as customers will appreciate your new products and everybody likes saving some money. You want your goods to be shipped on time and once you have them, you want to send them fast to the stores so customers can start buying them immediately. But, what would happe...

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Mexico – China Trade

After years being the factory of the world, China has started to go outside and invest in other countries, visiting them and above all creating new trade partnerships and friendships. One of the areas where China has focused the most in recent years has been Latin America, with Mexico being one of the biggest trade partners of the Asian giant. The trade relations between the countries have grown by more than 270% since the 2000s. But, the trade balance between the two countries is in favor of...

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CHINA’S LIGHTING INDUSTRY

Last time, we've discussed about the IP protection in China. Today, we'll discuss about the more specific issue regarding this IP protection. When China committed to restrict its IP protection, the government also paid more attention to several critical issues and one of them is related to the lighting industry.     Growth in Lighting Industry   Recently, there has been an extravagant growth in the lighting industry as improvements in the China's intellectual property en...

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CHINA’S PRIORITY IN IP PROTECTION

Last time, we've discussed about one of the biggest downside in China's industry: counterfeit. Chinese government has been trying to beat the counterfeit and increase the Intellectual Property or IP protection. So far, Chinese government has found some brilliant ways to fight the counterfeit. Let's find out the details!   Innovation Stream in China Don't underestimate China! Like I always say, they're really serious in improving their quality and innovation. This innovation has been le...

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FIGHTING AGAINST COUNTERFEIT IN CHINA

It's a normal thing, seeing people holding fake Prada or LV or other brands in China. It's a normal thing too to see people selling Gucci or Prada at the flee market in China. Getting further, in Shanghai or Shenzhen, the fake markets are one of the tourist attractions, where the sellers can speak English! From my friend's experience, they set a very high price, well, sometimes it depends on the quality. There are terms like Super Quality (very similar like the original one, and it's not cheap),...

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BREAKING AIRBUS AND BOEING DUOPOLY

I remember when I was a little kid, my mom taught me when we were inside the airplane that there were only 2 aircraft manufacturers: Boeing from the US and Airbus from Europe; and she preferred Airbus as she felt that Airbus's aircraft was more spacious than Boeing (oh, dearest mommy *hug*).   Speaking of which, some countries, mentioning 2 "Big Giants", Russia and China, want to break that duopoly market. Russia with its state-owned United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) confident to laun...

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IOT FOR THE “SMART” WORLD

Today we will discuss about the IoT and the future of the new business model. In the Quality Blog , I've also discussed about the advantages of IoT for the products' quality (check the article here), and in this article, let's dig out more about this IoT and the advantages for your business model!   The "Smart" Concept Nowadays, lots of products are getting more sophisticated. The key is located in its materials. Following the revolving technology, more and more products' materials are ...

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CHINA ON ITS R&D INVESTMENT

China has already overtaken the EU and 1 rank below the US in its R&D spending this year.   The research and development budgets in Europe and America have consumed the weight of advanced economies in science and technology research, patent citations and scientific publications, leaving China on track to be the world’s top R&D spender by 2019.   The reason why China intensely focus in its R&D is driven by economic dynamism, its long-term commitment to science ...

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