Manufacturing Overseas: China vs. Vietnam

Is Vietnam the new China in the manufacturing sector? 

The short answer is not yet. But it does have potential to get there in the future.

China’s economy is changing. It has been for a while. While that may shuffle the cards in the country’s manufacturing sector a bit, it also opens up opportunities for countries like Vietnam to move into a position of being a low-cost manufacturing hub.

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6 Things to Look for in a Contract Manufacturing Partner

There are many benefits to manufacturing abroad, but the logistics of it never come without challenges.

Whether you are just beginning your manufacturing journey or have already established a process, here are 6 things to look for in a contract manufacturing partner. With the right choice of a contract manufacturing partner, the process will be easier and much more manageable:

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DFM

3 Reasons Why DFM is Important to Think About

DFM (design for manufacturing) is the process of designing your product with the goal of making it easy to manufacture. It is a critical manufacturing tooling design and process development step before making a brand new product. If done well, DFM will assure both quality and productivity. Here are 3 reasons why you must take DFM into account in your planning:

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Just-in-Time supply chain model

When JIT Meets Murphy’s Law

In the contract manufacturing business, supply chain professionals know that an interruption in the supply chain will cause turmoil, and can even shut down the ecosystem of a sub-contractor network. This may lead to a major surge in overhead costs when re-establishing the system, and can also cause delays and lost revenue. They also know that the world is full of uncertainties, which are governed by Murphy’s Law (in short, Murphy’s Law can be explained as “what can go wrong, will go wrong”). So what does this have to do with the Just-In-Time (JIT) business model?

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How is a Batch of Customized Products Manufactured?

You’ve placed an order and you’re ready to get your custom product manufactured. Now what? What are the next steps in the process?

After an order is placed and confirmed, E-BI will dedicate a project team to your product. They will hold a kick-off meeting to discuss the timeline and product manufacturing specifications, such as detailed Bill of Materials (BOM) lists, Continue reading “How is a Batch of Customized Products Manufactured?”