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David Collins

25+ years manufacturing experience in computer, automotive, aerospace, furniture, and chemical industries.
Build and managed several automotive plants in North America.
Successfully turned around Foxconn’s Mexico plant.

Recent Posts

Chinese New Year (CNY), the most disruptive event in China, officially begins on February 5th, 2019. The rush, and subsequent slowdown, often much sooner than that depending on the facility.

Most businesses come to a standstill for the holidays as a flood of workers return to their home villages to be with their families. The Telegraph reported in 2017 that the country's authorities expected the nation to make around 2.5 billion trips by land, 356 million by rail, 58 million by plane and 43 million by sea during Chunyun (春运) — the world's largest annual human travel season. 

And after the holidays, many workers stay home and don't return to their factories. General managers are left scrambling to find and train replacements. So even if the holiday itself is only 3 weeks long, companies can take nearly 2 whole months to return to pre-holiday production levels!

It doesn't have to be this way. If a factory plans its operations correctly and makes changes before and during CNY, it can quickly regain full production and be a stronger, leaner manufacturing machine.  


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Topics: Process Improvement, Manufacturing Consulting, Lean Manufacturing, human resources

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

A while back I created this video to explain the new product introduction process. In particular, the 6 key areas that make it up.

Take a look at this video in this post...

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Topics: New Product Introduction

A central element of a good factory management system is the set of goals and objectives which each department, each team, and each employee are given. This is what we are going to cover in this article...

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Topics: Management/Turnaround

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