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The Trade Tariff Ceasefire: What is it and what does it mean for you?

Anyone involved in trade and manufacturing knows that the trade row between the United States and China is not good for business. Rising tariffs on both sides create price increases that are felt in almost every industry.

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Topics: Process Improvement, Manufacturing Consulting, Cost Reduction, Lean Manufacturing

The idea of factory process improvement is something a lot of factory owners and managers in China are resistant to, but the truth is that improvement can be effectively managed and scaled up by simply starting out small.

Using “mini-projects” instead of wholesale factory shake-up is a great way to bring the team around to the idea that change can be good.

In this article, we’ll discuss how one can get started on the road to factory process improvement and how to scale it up to larger improvements.


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Topics: Process Improvement

In a move long overdue, China has made environmental compliance an integral part of its initiative to grow its economy, improve quality of life, increase manufacturing efficiency, and help create a better work environment for everyone.


This article highlights how Chinese factories that find themselves struggling to reduce emissions from their paint shops can take actionable steps to maintain environmental compliance in the wake of new environmental regulations.


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Topics: Pollution in China, Social & Environmental Compliance

How many times do you go to meetings that get nothing done?  

Why is so much time wasted?

Some planner, production manager, or even the boss leads the meeting and only coffee, and sometimes not even that, can keep you awake.

Do you often wonder, “Isn’t there a better use of my time?”

There is!

In this article, I’m going to share 3 easy tips you can put into action today to laser focus your factory meetings around your company’s most important goals: quality, cost, delivery, safety and morale.

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Topics: Process Improvement

Companies manufacturing in China are suffering.


Environmental regulations, social insurance and HR regulations are now being strictly enforced (often for the first time), taxes are being collected properly and ongoing trade disputes with the United States and other countries all are pushing factories out of business.


With so much pressure in today’s manufacturing landscape in China, we highlight 6 things companies must do to keep their heads above water and increase business.

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Topics: Manufacturing In China

Many factories will quickly offer the credentials, such as ISO certification, as proof of their production management systems. However, this is often (not always) a paper facade that masks the real systems and processes in the factory. Let's take a closer look at a recent factory visit to see how simple it can be to get beyond the veil and starting improving systems today.

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Topics: Production planning, Process Improvement

Walmart recently set a goal to reduce emissions and electrical consumption by over 50 million metric tons in its China supply chain and operations.

It is not only large buyers like Walmart who can either action or benefit from environmental initiatives like this. See how your business can benefit from what they're doing here too...

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Topics: Pollution in China

One of the questions we get asked most often by Chinese-owned manufacturers is, “can you help us with our automation strategy?” And the first thing we ask them is, how mature are your maintenance systems?

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Topics: Preventive maintenance

Do you feel the need for external support to improve your China operations? Good news, many companies are competing for your RMBs. The first question you should ask yourself is, ‘what type of manufacturing consultant/trainer do we need?’

In this article, I divided them into 6 categories. The most common categories are listed first, and those more seldom found come last.

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Topics: Manufacturing Consulting, Consulting Method

Running a 5S program on the shop floor, and then re-running it at a regular interval, is one of the basic initiatives any factory can tackle in order to improve its performance. It is also one of the bases of good preventive maintenance. Let's explore why a 5S program can produce great results in Chinese factories here...

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Topics: Preventive maintenance


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