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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: Consulting Method, Manufacturing Consulting

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

Factories in China are seldom perfect, having fairly common issues, for example, 'quality fade,' or a lack of a production planning system.

While working with consultants who can come in and help fix your factory on site is a great way to improve operations, what if you're just looking for factory improvement ideas in order to handle this in house right now?

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Topics: Manufacturing Consulting, Manufacturing In China

CMC's manufacturing consultants often need to explain the differences between breakdown maintenance and preventive maintenance in a manufacturing setting. Let’s take 2 extreme examples, in other contexts, to make it very clear...

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Topics: Preventive maintenance

This Auto factory paint workshop case study demonstrates in detail how CMC's Partner, David Collins, made savings of almost $3 million per year on paint & rework in a US Auto factory in his former role as senior manager at Dodge.

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Topics: Statistical process control, Automotive Industry

If your factory has invested substantial amounts in equipment, the controller probably wants to see if those machines & tools are used often for a productive purpose.

That’s the whole logic behind the indicator called overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

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Topics: Preventive maintenance

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