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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

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

If you work in a purchasing department, you are certainly looking to get cost savings and quality improvements out of your suppliers.

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Topics: Cost Reduction, Chinese Factories

Setting Up a New Factory in China

Posted by David Collins on 9 January 2015

Setting up a "greenfield facility", or a brand new facility, requires following a certain process. It is a blank piece of paper.

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How can a manufacturer keep track of its performance along the dimensions that really matter? The best manufacturers tend to focus on Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Morale, and together the metrics behind these dimensions of performance form a "balanced scorecard". This is very applicable to Chinese factories.

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David Collins explains why Chinese manufacturers need to look for good ideas and techniques outside their industry.

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David Collins gives tips to reduce the likelihood of corruption in purchasing departments. The response is a mix of staff rotation, data transparency, and random auditing.

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