This Company Just Got 824 Percent Past Its Kickstarter Goal to Redesign This Basic Product

Stealtho is an example of how a successful Kickstarter campaign can be if you do it right. Stealtho fixed a typical caster wheel by using elastic polyurethane. This material is exceptionally quiet as it moves. This inspiration came from looking at other options in the market, but most importantly, they took the concept and dived deeper into market and consumer research. This led to Stealtho convincing their investors that they reinvented the wheel. It’s the perfect example of an everyday product getting a powerful overhaul! Written by: Wanda Thibodeaux, Copywriter, TakingDictation.com

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Manufacturing Consumer Goods in India vs. China

When it comes to choosing the best overseas manufacturer in Asia, two of the most common places for manufacturing are India and China. Both countries have very dynamic manufacturing capabilities and unique economic landscapes with proven skills, strengths and weaknesses that make both countries viable choices. However, it is imperative to weigh your choices carefully by considering specific external factors that will have an impact on your supply chain.

First, let’s review the economic landscape in India and China followed by five key factors that influence manufacturing in these two countries. Continue reading Manufacturing Consumer Goods in India vs. China

China & US Trade War – The Tariff Timeline (2018)

January 2018

President Trump approved a 30% tariff on solar panels and a 20% tariff on washing machines.

Mid-February

The United States Commerce Department had announced several ideas to fight China’s undesired trade practices, including a 24% tariff on all steel imports and 7.7 percent on aluminum. Continue reading China & US Trade War – The Tariff Timeline (2018)

UPDATE: March 22nd, 2018: President Trump Proposes $50 Billion in Tariffs on China

Top 10 U.S. trading partners for goods ($billions), year-to-date 2017

With the United States pulling back into an isolationist and protectionist stance and China extending its reach as a new global economic leader, who will come out ahead on the balance sheet as these two giant trading partners adjust their positions?

“The eyes of the world are turning to the East. A historic opportunity has opened up a vast strategic space for us to gain superiority. The drawbacks of capitalism have provided China with its chance to ride to the world’s rescue. China offers a completely new option for solving the common problems of humankind. This new option is called, The China Solution.” {Front page editorial Jan. 15 People’s Daily}

Continue reading UPDATE: March 22nd, 2018: President Trump Proposes $50 Billion in Tariffs on China

“Trade wars are good” according to Trump

On March 1st, Trump declared the U.S. would levy penalties of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum imports. The details aren’t clear yet and it has yet to be explained whether the tariffs will apply to raw materials or finished goods. What is clear is that:

  • Imports make up about one-third of steel consumed by U.S. auto, aircraft, appliance manufacturers and other industries.
  • Containers & packaging make up about 18 percent of aluminum consumption in the U.S.
  • Imported aluminum is 90 percent of all aluminum.
  • Canada is the largest supplier of both to the U.S., responsible for more than half the aluminum and about 17 percent of steel.

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This Holiday Kills Launches; Use These Expert Tips If You Want to Survive

Chinese New Year is now over and factories in China are starting to resume business this week. After our blog post from January on the Chinese New Year topic, Tracy Leigh Hazard, industrial designer, columnist for Inc.com and our dear friend, decided to chat with the Genimex team on the impact on product launches during this time of the year where she has summarized her thoughts as well as David Chitayat’s in this fun article entitled “This Holiday Kills Launches; Use These Expert Tips If You Want to Survive” which explains “everything you need to know about how Chinese New Year affects business and product launch timing, well after the holiday; and the crucial do’s and don’ts to avoid spiraling. Continue reading This Holiday Kills Launches; Use These Expert Tips If You Want to Survive

Genimex at the leading international consumer goods trade fair Ambiente – February 9th-13th 2018

Want to manufacture a product in China? Come meet the Genimex Team at the Ambiente 2018 (February 9 – 13) and we’d be happy to help you with your product design, product engineering, manufacturing in China, quality control and shipping. The Ambiente show will be held in Frankfurt am main, Germany February 9th-13th 2018. Contact us now at info@genimexgroup.com to setup an appointment.

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How does the Chinese New Year impact Manufacturing?

We are once again at the busiest time of the year for us (December-January), when our clients and potential clients speed up their decision making due to the approaching Chinese New Year holiday. Some even panic when they ask us the dates and realize it’s just around the corner… so we thought we’d write an article about why is it a stress factor and what really happens during Chinese New Year and how to cruise through it without too much disruption in your supply chain.

What is Chinese New Year?

“Chinese New Year (CNY)”, or “Spring Festival” is considered the Thanksgiving or Diwali of China only on a much larger scale. Continue reading How does the Chinese New Year impact Manufacturing?

Worried about your factories in China during the environmental crackdown?

Some of you have probably heard from your agents or factories in China that they were shutting down manufacturing facilities and didn’t know when they would open again. Will they make you wait for months or will they just stop manufacturing altogether until they get up to code? But how can you know if you are at risk? Continue reading Worried about your factories in China during the environmental crackdown?