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Outsourcing to China – a simple guide


Outsourcing your manufacturing to China may seem like a monumental task but with the simple process at China Outsourcing Ltd, a trusted outsourcing agent located both in the UK and China itself, you’ll find it’s both easy and cost-effective. Read on for our step-by-step guide to the outsourcing process. 

Step 1 - Establish your outsourcing goals

The first step on the road to outsourcing your manufacturing to China is for our expert team at China Outsourcing Ltd to gain a thorough understanding of why you want to outsource and what you want to gain from doing so. This includes a review of your current supplier and why you want to make a change, the basis of your make/buy decisions, understanding your NPI plans, and the development of your IP protection strategy. 

Step 2 - Translating specifications for you

Next, we will work with you to produce, or amend, drawings of the products you need manufactured to give to our suppliers. Don’t worry about the language barrier, our native Chinese speakers will translate the drawings and, if necessary, adapt them to Chinese specifications, for you. Our engineers are experienced working with China, ensuring all specifications, processes and crucial manufacturing requirements are correct so we get the job right the first time. 

Step 3 – Marvel at the great deals outsourcing to China offers

Once we are all happy and confident with your technical requirements, we will approach our suppliers in China for quotations. Rest assured that we only use suppliers from our portfolio of trusted manufacturers who have a proven track record of supplying products of the highest quality and efficiency. Working hard on your behalf, we will also negotiate prices with our suppliers in their own language in order to get you and your business the very best deal possible

Step 4 – Review samples from China 

The next step when outsourcing to China with us is to review samples from your chosen manufacturer(s) to ensure you are happy with the product before giving the go ahead with the entire order. Our specialist quality assurance team work closely with both the Chinese supplier and your own engineering and technical departments to ensure top quality parts

Step 5 – First batch production and manufacturing 

When you are happy with the quality of the product, we will begin first batch production. To reduce perceived risk and give you added confidence in the process, you can split your original order. Throughout manufacturing, we uphold strict quality control to ensure your parts are of the highest standard. 

Step 6 – Shipping from China 

The final stage of outsourcing your manufacturing to China is shipping. Our team will take care of all the logistics and shipping processes so you can sit back and relax in the knowledge your parts will arrive safely and on time. The dedicated sales order processing team at China Outsourcing Ltd will also work with your business’ buyers to establish a shipping and delivery routine that fits in with your requirements, minimising your inventory costs. 

China Outsourcing Ltd provide Chinese sourced high specification metallic and plastic components and assemblies to both large & SME western customers. To learn more about our process please get in touch with us today on +44(0)1202 606141