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Prototyping with Manufacturers in China – nepchin

In this blog post, nepchin is delighted to talk to Anthony, China Trade Consultant, who talks about prototyping in China with Chinese manufacturers. It covers some of the things to look out for when mass-producing, different ways foreign companies have engaged their Chinese counter parts and also the quality one can expect. Read on.


nepchin: “Hi Anthony! Yeah, so tell us, you’ve got a lot of experience around prototyping in China, can you tell us if I was to get something done in China, what kind of challenges would we face?”

Anthony: “Well it depends on what kind of prototyping. Some industries have greater technical aspects to their product and require more thought out Quality control systems and Quality assurance mechanisms in the design and prototyping stage to ensure they meet certain programs they need to abide to. Smaller to medium companies from industries with less technical products may need to utilise the same structure in a less stringent perspective.”

nepchin: “so it can be quite complex to get a prototype done? Can you give us an example of something you’ve done in your experience and what kind of issues you have had to overcome?”

Anthony: “Prototyping isn’t complex. Prototyping a product for procurement that can be mass-produced within the required specifications is the issue. This is where the difference between designing a product and creating it for mass production creates issues that need to be overcome during the prototype stage. For example, we had to create a solid stainless steel structure which required a lot of welding in particular joints which were to be unseen. This was impossible as we could not hand polish those welded joints into the specified grading. This is where revisions on specifications are made and it becomes a time consuming activity meeting legal requirements in regards to authenticating documentation / maintaining agreed project lead times / customer satisfaction when projects are controlled in one country and procured in another.”

nepchin: “Based on you experience then, how have you found foreign companies in the way they have worked with Chinese manufacturers?”

Anthony: “They tend to have a local representative or a mobile representative. Depending on the project, visitations to uphold QC and QA requirements are planned out for pre-production, the first week of production and the Final stage production. Some may liaise with a China agent, but this generally depends on the foreign companies’ relationship with their local representative and how strong their working relationship is. China is pretty accessible via business visa’s so it’s not much of a drama organising flights in.”

nepchin: “So, how have you found the level of manufacturing quality?”

Anthony: “You get what you pay for?! I found that the issue is usually something that has been “lost in translation”. Often, the QA officers involved, local or foreign, are under considerable pressure and deadlines and this has affected their views on what meets specification and what doesn’t? These are hard decisions to make on-site as the balance between rectification on-site / overseas and costs are juggled around to see which has the least burden.”

nepchin: “Anthony thanks for your time today, it’s been great to get a perspective on someone on the ground in China who’s done it before.”


If you looking to get manufacturing done in China, Post a need on nepchin to reach Anthony.


Sourcing from China – nepchin

Sourcing from China can be an incredibly complex challenge especially trying to obtain commercial quantities that are critical to your inventory or supply chain. Who do you work with? How do you know you will get what you asked for? How do you come to a deal? Importing from China can be tricky. We thought it might be useful to share some of the on the ground experiences that ChinaFind have put together in a series of articles to help you source in China.

They have seven articles at the moment that covers:
ChinaFind’s Guide to Sourcing from China Part 1
Sourcing Guide Part 2: How to Find a Manufacturer in China
Sourcing Guide Part 3: How to Screen and Verify Chinese Manufacturers
Sourcing Guide Part 4: How to Negotiate with a Chinese Manufacturer
Sourcing Guide Part 5: How to Oversee and Control Production in China
Sourcing Guide Part 6: How to Arrange Quality Inspections in China
Sourcing Guide Part 7: How to Arrange Shipping and Customs Brokerage from China

There’s also a handy glossary as well.
Glossary of Shipping Terms for Importing from China

It’s an interesting to read which gives you a feel for the different dimensions involved in sourcing and importing from China. Feel free to get in touch with the guys at ChinaFind or Post a need on nepchin for them to source for you.

Embroided Patches and Badges from China – nepchin

Just recently, nepchin got some embroided patches made by Wuhan Shifa Embroidery in China. Very exciting, nepchin’s first proper piece of designed marketing material to help promote nepchin.com . It’s pretty hard and time consuming to find someone both cost competitive, trustable and reliable especially from overseas, so we are quite delighted with how it has turned out.

Our experience with Shifa has been pretty good from the outset. We got their contact details from a friend who also had something similar made, I sent them an email with the nepchin.com logo and our tag line “what do you need?” in a pdf format and said I wanted the same kind of patch made with questions on delivery, quantities, timeframes and costs.

nepchin logo

I found them pretty prompt with their email replies. The quote was 500 pieces for USD$270 delivered to Sydney Australia. After we made payment on paypal, they made a test one and sent us a picture of it which had the option of 5 x 10cm or 3 x 10cm. We chose the 5 x 10cm one.

nepchin patch test

After we confirmed which one, we received an email to confirm they were sent by registered mail. After we received them, we’ve taken pictures of them on whatever they could be stuck to. Might have gone a little overboard but quite exciting and little bit of fun. We like the patches because they have a sticky back and can be stuck to anything and are simple to use. Much like the ones used by poker sites and allows the person to wear whatever they want which you can’t if you have company t-shirts caps and t-shirts.

If you need to get patches done and at an affordable price, we are happy to suggest the people at Wuhan Shifa Embroidery or you can post a need at nepchin to reach them. Thanks to Queenie from Shifa Embroidery for helping us with our patches, we love them!

nepchin logo on laptop

nepchin logo on laptop

nepchin logo on back of phone

nepchin logo on back of phone

nepchin logo on a mug

nepchin logo on a mug

nepchin logo on a laptop bag

nepchin logo on a laptop bag

Examples of Safety Products – nepchin

In one of recent blog posts, nepchin talked about construction and building supplies that can be sourced from one of our business listings, ChinaFind, who are western procurement professionals in China. In this post, they talk about Safety Products that can also be sourced for you. see some of the examples they have:

“We have a wide range of safety products such as Pedestrian Crossings, Traffic Cones, Traffic Speed Control, Cable Cover, Barriers & Fencing, Wheel Stoppers, Signage and Parking Locks. here are some examples that we can procure for you. There are much more in each range.

Rubber Pedestrian Crossing

Assembled from vulcanized rubber modular parts. Surface contains anti-slip raised studs. Can be fixed to the ground via expansion screws and bone connector.

Traffic Cones

European Standard PVC Cone
Much more durable than PE or Rubber traffic cones. Flexible cone body with high impact resistance Brighter color than PE or rubber traffic cones

Flexible Traffic Cone
10x Longer life than Rubber or PE Any fluorescent color can be produced Meets US standards

Lane Divider
Lane divider get flexible flag with color installed on a base, so the lane dividers are very easy noticed by driver. The flag with reflective sheet of the lane divider work normally in night and bad weather.

PU Flexible Post
These flexible posts are made from high grade PU. After an impact or being flexed they will quickly return to their original shape.

Rubber Traffic Cone
100% Rubber flow-molded “one piece design” means no seams to split or tear, as well as easier stacking.

T-Top Delineator Post, T-Top Stacker Cone, Vertical Panel
Designed for maximum visibility, quick setup and low maintenance. Convenient T-top carry handle, moulded in bolt hole for flashing light, recesses for reflective bands. Tested and certified to meet the crash worth requirements NCHRP-350

Traffic Cone Topper
With its 4 way connectivity, it is very easy to use and proves to be a quick and effective way to restrict access.

Traffic Speed Control
Import speed bumps, speed humps and other traffic control accessories from China.

Arrow Speed Hump
High visibility yellow rubber and reflectors enhance visibility and alert drivers

Guardrail Reflector
Imported high quality PMMA from Japan ensures these reflectors have a long service life with high performance. The reflective properties are optimised so that night glare is not a risk to driver safety.

Indoor Convex Mirror
Suitable for shop interior, supermarkets, entrances to roads, parking lots and any other corner where increased visibility or theft protection is required. Long life can withstand UV exposure.

Outdoor Convex Mirror
Suitable for shop interior, supermarkets, entrances to roads, parking lots and any other corner where increased visibility or theft protection is required.

Portable Speed Bump
Removable speed bumps are the perfect way to slow drivers without having to install a permanent speed bump. Ideal for situations such as temporary school zones, crosswalks etc. Removable speed bumps are simple to deploy and maintain.

Railroad Crossing Pad
Railway crossing pads are used between the railway lines at a crossing to allow smooth vehicle passage and maintain tire traction on the road. The pad is made from rubber with a textured surface for increased traction. Much safer than concrete applications as it will not crack or cause similar safety issues.

Cable Cover

5 Channel Cable Protector
Occasionally you just can’t avoid running cables or hoses across the floor. To help with these applications we offer a cable protector designed to save your valuable cables and hoses from vehicle damage. These cable protectors also provide safe passage for vehicles across potentially hazardous cables.

Fire Hose Ramp
For protecting hose and cable, is made of reinforced solid rubber, can be supported about 20 tons. It is easy to install, there are the connectors at the bottom and reflective strips on the surface.

Pedestrian Cable Cover
Pedestrian cable covers protect power cables, telephone lines, water and temporary gas lines from vehicle and foot traffic, also minimizing the risk of tripping. The cavity accepts one line up to 25mm diameter. They can be joined together with the L–connector system to meet your different length requirements.

Barriers & Fencing

Anti-Dazzle Panel
Use to separate lanes or roadways the panels block approaching car lights from the opposite direction.

Barricade Light and Solar Barricade Light
Visual distance up to 500 meters with two 6v 4R25 batteries running in parallel. Total running time on each batter is up to 700 hours. Light sensore turns the unit on automatically at night/low light conditions.

Chain Lock, Plastic Chain
Furnished on a stand compatible reel, this polyethelene chain is made from light-weight trouble free plastic with up to 50kg loading capacity. Available color combinations are: White, Red and White, Black, Black and Yellow.

Corner Guard
Black rubber with reflective yellow film the corner guard has high visibility and easily catches attention of an approaching driver day or night.The durable rubber protects both the vehicle and the structure during an impact.

Dock Bumper
Made from high-strength rubber, protects the delivery platform and vehicles in the warehouse.

Flexible Traffic Seperator
Made from Durable Plastic by Injection Expandable from 420mm to 3500mm Detachable Rubber Legs to Enhance Reliability

Wheel Stoppers
Wheel Stop
Prevent vehicles from going past a certain limit thus protection both the vehicle and the wall/structure from damage. Available in Black/Yellow color and also black with a yellow reflective strip as per the examples below.

Folding Sign
Plastic folding safety sign printed on both sides. Lightweight and versatile these signs are excellent for effective safety communication with employees or customers. 2-sided sign folds easily for convenient storage and portability.

Parking Locks
Import parking locks from China, save your parking space or prevent unwanted vehicles entering your premises with these high quality parking locks made in China.”

Anyone need safety products?! If you anything related to safety to import from China, you can start by just posting your need on nepchin and the professionals in China will be notified by email of your requirements. Also for a limited time, anyone who ‘posts a need’ to buy from China goes into a monthly draw to win the book: “Where East eats West: The Street-Smarts Guide to Business in China”. This book is now used in the MBA curriculum for schools at Boston College, Rutgers and Colorado State University.

Examples of Construction and Building Supplies from China – nepchin

In our last post nepchin, talked about our new business listings from ChinaFind, western procurement professionals based in China, who can help you source whatever you need to buy especially Construction and Building Supplies. nepchin were asked what kind of Construction and Building Supplies that could be sourced. So we have gone and asked the Professionals abit about what they can source for you and here is what they have had to say:

Price competitiveness of Chinese glass is very high due to the large volume and established international market for Chinese glass. Almost all markets are primarily importing glass as opposed to manufacturing.

Advantages: glass can be produced to any size or specification and can be fitted with frames or additional labour intensive work carried out in China at low cost such as treating or polishing.

Insulated Glass Units & Double Glasing

There are all types of flooring. Any material used as the finish surface of a floor, such as boards, bricks, planks, tiles, carpet, laminates, and linoleum.

The most popular type of wood flooring is hardwood flooring, with an increasing popularity of bamboo floors.
Increase efficiency of building with floor tiles. Trials have shown up to 300% increase in heating and cooling efficiency by increasing the radiant conductivity of the surface area. Instead of using timber or carpet, use tiles to help owners save on their energy bills. The life cycle of tiles are much greater (examples of tiles from B.C. can be found today) and they can be recycled. Cleaning and upkeep costs are also lower.

Tiles & Mosaics
Bricks & Paving
Wood and Faux Wood Flooring
Acrylic & Laminated Flooring
Bamboo Flooring

Frames and profiles
Think outside the square. No doubt the frame or profile you will weld together will have been imported from China, why not have the welding done in China as well? Windows and doors can be pre-fitted with frames and larger constructions are possible only limited by the size of a 40’ ocean freight container.
For windows, internal fittings (e.g. mirrors, signage, banisters )
Building Frames
Door frames
Garage & Roller door frames
Warehouse shelving and storage solutions

Due to labour costs and high production volumes China is a very good source for flat packed cabinetry supplies. Made to specification and broad range of quality and specific production techniques are available to suit any project.
Kitchens Cabinetry
Furniture, wardrobes, cabinets.
Walls and fixed furniture such as wood panels.

Store & Office Fit Outs
Made to spec and shipped flat packed, save by buying direct. Most large fit outs are made to measure in China.

China is still the leading supplier of furniture and almost all furniture suppliers are sourcing their products from China. Order in significant quantity and save big money by buying direct from the source.

Bathroom & Sanitary ware
Bathroom fittings
Anti-theft & Vandal proof
Aged care & Handicapped

Interior doors
Security doors
Glass doors
Garage & Warehouse doors
Stone & Countertops:
Acrylic, Marble & Quartz
Sanitary ware
Bench tops and counters

Signs & Signage
From promotional material to outdoor LED advertising billboards
Standards & Certifications

Every country has unique regulatory requirements on the use of building materials via a set of certifications and building standards. For example, glass may need to be able to withstand a certain pressure or level of insulation. Certifications such as UL, CE, may be required to meet local building regulations.
Chinese factories can usually meet these requirements or obtain certifications but there is a cost involved in this process. We must understand that the cost of meeting these certifications are relative.

Is the major driver, if your quantity is large all expenses such as certifications costs, shipping, labour – they are all relatively lower. When making purchasing decisions factory the quantity into the decision first. Whether the quantity is large varies greatly between product types however a rule of thumb is if it will fill a freight container it is definitely sufficient quantity to import from China.”

There you go guys, a tip of the iceberg from procurement professionals in China. That’s quite a few products so if you are in the building industry and you need source goods from China, you can start by just posting your need on nepchin and the professionals in China will be notified by email of your requirements.