China Sourcing Services and Supply Chain Support
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“Made in China”. It’s a cliché, but for good reason. Many companies know that China sourcing could be saving them millions of dollars across their supply chain, but hold back with questions like:
How do I make sure I’m getting a good price from my China supplier?
How do I make sure my supplier consistently meets my quality standards?
How do I ensure my IP and trademarks are protected?
How will international trade tariffs affect my China sourcing efforts?
These are all key questions that affect your decision to source products from China, and these are all questions that Nicobar Group is ready to help you answer.
14 Years of On-the-Ground China Sourcing Experience
Nicobar has worked with many Western companies to optimize their China procurement approach over our 14-year history. Our value proposition is founded upon our deep expertise in developing and executing strategies for cost-effective operations and reducing procurement costs in China. Additionally, Nicobar has long-standing relationships with many top-tier, high quality suppliers in the metallic manufacturing industry, including manufacturers of castings, stampings, forgings and metal fabrication. Nicobar has maintained supplier independence as one of the primary facets of its business model so as to ensure true objectivity when providing clients with the ideal solution across different geographies. We never take kickbacks from factories in exchange for referrals - we work 100% for our clients to meet their needs for China sourcing services.
We Go Beyond Basic Supplier Identification
Nicobar provides its clients with turnkey procurement opportunities from China, include pricing, terms, and logistical coordination for shipping and warehousing. In our years of experience, we have developed institutional processes to ensure clients will secure highly competitive pricing for their China sourced products. Nicobar also collaborates with the suppliers to establish standard operating procedures for future production runs to ensure best practices are incorporated into the manufacturing process. Our long relationships with the manufacturers combine with our experience in all aspects of the metalworking industry, to provide Nicobar with unparalleled insight into the cost negotiation process.
The Nicobar team has broad experience with machinery processes as well as metal manufacturing processes, and we have deep experience performing analysis to match appropriate Chinese materials to standard foreign materials. This means we help our clients outsource all the headache of figuring out appropriate Chinese equivalents for material properties, standards and dimensions. Our team also has full professional competency with standard industry engineering tools and software suites including SolidWorks, ProE and AutoCAD.
Our Turn-key China Supply Chain Solution
The image below depicts the entire ecosystem of turnkey supply chain management and support Nicobar offers its clients. There are many sourcing companies in China that could provide you with some portion of this work flow, but very few qualified to take you through the entire manufacturing process, from initial need evaluation to non-conformance resolution and long-term site monitoring.
Specific Supply Chain Activities
Which one fits your needs?
Analysis and Procurement
Could your company be saving money by sourcing from China? How much? What about tariffs? We can help you confidently answer these questions, and so many more.
Industry Analysis in the value chain
Sourcing hubs and platforms in China
M&A suppliers and vendors
SCM concepts including logistics strategies
Tariff compliance analysis
Customized product approach across geographies
Supplier search, analysis and audits (RFI/ RFQ)
Supplier contracts and certifications
Supplier Quality Management, QS
Supplier Management and Benchmarking
Is your China factory delivering the best value for your China sourcing needs? Where are the key areas for improvement, and how could your China supply chain get leaner? Let us answer those questions for you.
Quarterly scorecard assessment
Supplier integration process
Design/engineering "to market"
Optimization of existing supply chains and processes OEM Management
Nicobar also offers factory audit and due diligence support to ensure you partner with high-quality, credible manufacturers in China. Our due diligence points of evaluation include manufacturing and quality team interviews, preliminary QA program audit, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) evaluations, product certifications and testing validation, and equipment capability evaluations.
Quality Assurance Support
Nicobar’s Quality Assurance services span the entire duration of the China sourcing and manufacturing process, from the arrival of raw materials in the factory to the shipment of finished products to the client.
We have deep experience in the development and implementation of quality assurance programs suitable for clients, giving you peace of mind that your quality standards are being met, without the expense of a flight to China to confirm! Nicobar’s experienced team of quality control engineers and supply chain consultants is comprised of both international and Chinese experts, offering an unparalleled quality assurance presence throughout the whole manufacturing process.
Nicobar’s platform also provides the flexibility needed in order to develop quality assurance platforms that are tailored to the client’s individual industry-specific needs. Clients that are involved with special industries may elect for either a stricter program that forces vendors to submit to stringent testing procedures and inspections by third-party providers, or adopt themselves more rigorous in-house testing frequency and standards. Nicobar’s long-standing relationships with metallic product manufacturers at different levels of corporate organization, including executives, management, operations, and quality control personnel, permit its bilingual team to provide clients with the peace of mind that Nicobar will provide an unbiased, third-party quality assurance presence in the factory.
Our basic quality assurance support services include pre-production quality control (IQC), 24/7 In-Line Production Monitoring (IPQC), Post-production Quality Control, Container Loading Check, and third party testing