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Jan 9, 2018

Plastic Costs Expected to Rise as China Refuses Recyclables

As of 31 December 2017, China officially banned 24 types of recyclable waste. The impact on manufacturing? Higher prices for certain plastics worldwide. Find out why and what to do about it.

Dec 13, 2017

The Mini Gold Rush Happening in China

The American Chamber of Congress (AMCHAM) recently held an update meeting in Shanghai, providing a unique opportunity to mix with like-minded entrepreneurs in Asia and hear their take on current events. Given colourful political landscapes in both countries, we had much to discuss. As US-China relations continue trending in a positive direction, companies seeking to expand business in China have much to look forward to in 2018. 

Nov 6, 2017

5 Ways China’s 19th Party Congress Could Impact Foreign Companies in China

Five years ago China was heavy on fixed assets. Corruption was rampant. The global financial crisis was winding down but still smoldering, and top leadership was focused on preventing a Soviet-style collapse.  Five years ago China’s 18th Party Congress injected cash into the economy and advanced reforms… and now the 19th Party Congress just stepped on the gas.  As Randal Phillips, Mintz Group's Managing Partner for Asia, summarized for CCTV Business, “Expect what you’ve seen for the last five years on steroids going forward.  It’s clear where the power is. Now it’s all about results.” 

Oct 31, 2017

What is the Difference between Quality Assurance and Quality Control?

Quality Control is not Quality Assurance, in spite of the fact that many people uses these terms interchangeably. In summary:

Oct 20, 2017

Paul Stepanek Took the Stage at the Scale Up Summit

Can Scaling Up be applied successfully in China?  “Absolutely,” explained Paul Stepanek, President, Complete Manufacturing Solutions, as he took the stage at the ScaleUp Summit Fall 2017 Conference in St. Louis on October 17th.  “We make it personal, we make it real, and we make it part of a daily routine.”

Sep 5, 2017

Steeped in Tradition, Chinese New Year Welcomes the Coming of Spring

 The origins of Chinese New Year are rooted in history more than 2,000 years B.C. -- to mark the end of winter, celebrate the beginning of spring planting, and honor ancestors. The actual day of Chinese New Year is tied to the lunar calendar and changes each year, typically occurring at the end of January or beginning of February.  

Sep 5, 2017

5 actions to minimize supply chain disruption during Chinese New Year


Factories will close for up to 40 days around Chinese New Year.  What’s your plan? These five tactics will minimize costly disruptions.

 Celebrated for over 1000 years, Chinese New Year is THE mega social and economic holiday of the year. For nearly the entire month of February and the first few days of March, there will be significant slowdowns - and complete stoppages - of production related to the 2018 spring festival. 

Aug 22, 2017

New regulatory enforcement is disrupting supply chains in China

China wants high-polluting, undesirable industries to clean up their act or get out of China.  While environmental laws have been on the books for years, evidence is mounting that enforcement is catching up with policy.  Even a minor violation can trigger disruption or even disaster within your supply chains. 

Jun 27, 2017

Leaving China?  Avoid getting burned.

Maybe an acquisition has resulted in overlapping assets.  Or China is no longer a focus due to a shift in business strategy. Or perhaps it is more cost-effective to outsource China operations. Regardless of the reason for a China wind-down, there are many hurdles and regulations that are critical when divesting of your China assets, buildings, and most importantly—your people—of which you’ll want to be aware.

Jun 5, 2017

Improve Profitability in China: Blue Collar Productivity

 The days of working fat and happy in China are over. It’s time to get LEAN. For many years increasing productivity has been at that forefront of any plan to increase profitability where manufacturing is involved. This applies in China and everywhere.