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The pros and cons of outsourcing to China


If you’re thinking about outsourcing your manufacturing to China, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of the process to make sure it’s the right decision for your business. 

Pro – Save money on manufacturing costs

Despite the added cost of transporting your goods overseas, outsourcing to China can save you a significant amount of money on your manufacturing processes. Due to a lower cost of living, factories can produce items at a much lower rate than their UK based counterparts. 

Con – Risk of factories overcharging

Some factories can charge British companies more than they would for nationals, so you may not be saving as much as you could. To help you save as much as possible, China Outsourcing’s UK based team work alongside our team of Chinese nationals, who are on the ground in China, to make sure you get the very best deals. 

Pro – Reduce resource expenses

When you outsource to China, there’s no need to invest money in expensive machinery, equipment or training. As companies have been outsourcing their manufacturing to China for decades, the country has the capability to produce almost any product to any specification. 

Con – Lower quality 

One of the biggest concerns some businesses have about Chinese manufacturing is the quality. While its true some factories do produce products to a lower quality that you would like, China Outsourcing only uses suppliers from our tried and tested portfolio and we are fastidious in our quality control checks. We even send you samples before full manufacturing begins. 

Pro – Diversify your business

Having an extra branch of your business in China means you gain additional insights into the Asian market, allowing you to diversify and expand your business into previously untapped markets that you may have never considered before. 

Con – The language and cultural difference

Of course, the main concern of outsourcing to China is the language and cultural differences. It can be all too easy to mistranslate a key specification or offend your supplier without knowing why. Again, our team of Chinese nationals ensures this doesn’t happen.

At China Outsourcing, we have offices in both England and China and only work with our tried and tested portfolio of suppliers, making outsourcing your manufacturing easy and completely low risk. To learn more about how we can help you make the most of your manufacturing, contact the team today on +44(0)1202 606141