East West Manufacturing Blog

December 01, 2022

Guide to Switching Suppliers

You’ve done your research and have decided it is time to switch to a new supplier. Maybe you are looking to reduce your risk by moving out of China, or perhaps you'd like to gain a competitive advantage with new pricing, or you’re considering the need to diversify your supply chain. Whatever your reason may be, moving production doesn’t have to be...

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November 22, 2022

Advantages of Manufacturing in Vietnam

Companies are continuing to search for alternative low cost countries to manufacture their products to lessen their reliance on China as rising labor costs and persistent disruptions continue to affect the entire supply chain. Among other Asian countries, Vietnam is garnering significant attention from C-suites and has seen a massive jump in...

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May 22, 2020

Warning: Experts Predict These Supply Chain Changes Are Needed to Survive

It is the pandemic that has shocked the world. Though health experts had been talking about a global pandemic for years, lack of adequate planning and global reliance on China’s manufacturing prowess allowed COVID-19 to unveil major vulnerabilities in today’s supply chain trends.

While we have our own theories on what the post-coronavirus world...

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April 28, 2020

Overseas Manufacturing: Guarding Against Risk

We've written a lot about protecting your facility and processes from cyberattack. As these incursions continue to escalate, in number and in scope, companies of all sizes must address the issue of cybersecurity.  

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April 23, 2020

Maintaining Quality Control When Manufacturing Overseas

Hindsight is 20/20. We’ve all heard that adage. But what if hindsight could become foresight? 

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April 08, 2020

7 Advantages to India Manufacturing

It's no secret that labor costs are rising in China, and talk of alternative manufacturing locations continues to grow. While some operations are returning to the US and Europe, others are staying in Asia, and India is rapidly attracting more business. Yes, there are labor and raw material advantages, as well as increasing infrastructure, but...

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April 08, 2020

Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) When Strategic Sourcing

Do you remember the scene in the movie Father of the Bride when Steve Martin’s character George Banks goes nuts over the number of hot dogs in a package versus the number of buns in a package?

No?

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March 24, 2020

What is Design for Manufacturing or DFM?

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the process of designing parts, components or products for ease of manufacturing with an end goal of making a better product at a lower cost. This is done by simplifying, optimizing and refining the product design. The acronym DFMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) is sometimes used interchangeably with DFM. 

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June 25, 2019

Dictionary of Common Manufacturing Terms

You don't need to be part of the manufacturing industry long to learn it has it's own native language with no shortage of acronyms. BOM, CBOM, EBOM, MBOM -- it can get confusing very quickly, but we've got you covered with this dictionary of the most commonly heard terms to help you navigate your way through the product development process.

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December 19, 2018

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property in China

Let me guess – you’ve designed an amazing product that you want to manufacture in China, but you’re worried that a cheaper version of your product will appear on Alibaba in a month. Who wants to spend the R+D dollars to then have their intellectual property (IP) stolen in a flash? Taking your IP to China will prove much smoother (and less risky)...

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