Suppliers try to maximize profits. But some Western and Chinese suppliers use naughty tactics to increase their profit. See how tactics are related or have different focus. One conclusion: purchasers need to actively manage suppliers to avoid the worst tactics.
Not all sourcing projects will end up in China. We have prepared a simple Infographics summarizing the main factors we consider important to perform a China sourcing feasibility. We hope it is useful for you.
A study by Alan Tonelson (US Business and Industry Council) analyses US import data for high value goods and concludes that China is definitively gaining ground at high end manufacturing. The times when China only produced low end goods is over.
China has seen the rise of good PV module manufacturers. Although many have a tough time in the current low market, they are a great illustration of how Chinese suppliers combine automation and manual work to optimize technical requirement and cost.