How to Find a Good Manufacturer in China
If you’re looking how to find a good manufacturer in China, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re going to take you through every step you need to take in order to find the best one.
You know what product you want to sell, so you’re already one step ahead. Now it’s time to find someone that can manufacture it for you. However, finding a manufacturer in China can be a challenging task, especially if it’s the first time you’re doing it! But if you take it step by step, you’ll be sourcing and selling products manufactured in China in no time.
Step 1: Find Chinese Suppliers
Building a list of Chinese suppliers who can manufacture your product is your first step. The best place to start investigating is at the tip of your fingers: the Internet. For this, Google, Bing & Yahoo can seem like the obvious places. But think farther ahead: B2B platforms may be more akin to what you’re looking for. Also, if any of your contacts have sourced from China before, their word-of-mouth recommendations might be worth gold and save you a lot of time, effort, and money. And if you think you should be looking for the CHEAPEST Chinese manufacturer, think again! An extremely cheap manufacturer doesn’t necessarily equal quality end products, time-saving or problem-free processes. For the most part, it’s quite the opposite.
Step 2: Verify Your Suppliers
This step is absolutely essential. BEFORE hiring any Chinese manufacturer, we recommend verifying that they’re the real deal. This is one of our 5 tips on sourcing from China, and you can do it by requesting to see their audited accounts, checking its VAT (Value Added Tax) invoice, asking for product samples, and checking the factory’s Chinese credentials (like location and local government office). Or you can purchase an expert Chinese sourcing package that can help you get a product to sell in 30 days.
Also, don’t forget to set expectations with your Chinese manufacturer, as well as asking the right questions before you start in order to weed out bad suppliers.
Step 3: Verify Product Quality
It once again comes to verification. And don’t trust word of mouth or photographs here - request product samples directly or hire sample concierge services that can help you in Chinese territory. Ensuring that the product will meet your quality standards is key to finding the right Chinese manufacturer.
Step 4: Visit The Factory
If you can, it’s better this way because you’ll ensure the quality of the manufacturing processes, as well as verifying that you’ve found the best possible supplier for your product. And if you can’t, then don’t worry! Global TQM can act as your local office in China and physically visit suppliers or trade shows, run technical audits to review your manufacturer’s capabilities, or even run onsite pre-shipment inspections for you and your business.