Finding reliable and trusted manufacturers is a hard job for every industry. In this article, you will learn the channels to find a qualified kitchen sink manufacturer and how to select the right supplier in China.
Where to find a kitchen sink supplier in China?
Industry trade shows
Primary industry shows including Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Kitchen & Bath China, Canton Fair, etc. I have written an article that reveals 10 important trade shows in the kitchen sink industry.
Due to the epidemic, the most exhibition may not be held as scheduled this year. So looking for suppliers needs to move to online channels.
Whatever your niche industry is, Alibaba will remain at the top of the list. Alibaba has created a positive status for itself in the industry in a very short time. The platform is a China-based trading forum. It is a dynamic B2B portal that offers E-Commerce services to almost all industries related to any field. Here you will be able to get in contact with a vast list of Chinese manufacturers and suppliers.
It’s better to find suppliers and manufacturers by searching the specified material of kitchen sink, such as “stainless steel” or “granite composite” in the search bar. Because their manufacturer may not produce all kinds of sinks, their manufacturing process is different. That means you need to find different suppliers according to a different type of kitchen sink.
Another well-known trading forum. They have their headquarters in the heart of Hong Kong. With their proficient capabilities, they are deliberated to be the key facilitator of global trade from China. This will also provide you a chance to connect with various car garage equipment suppliers.
Made in China
As can be understood by the name, this platform was specially created to help Chinese SMEs showcase their products in front of the world. You can definitely be delighted with how many Chinese suppliers are present here. Mostly this website is employed by small scale businesses buy occasionally you will be able to some big industry tycoon.
Manufacturers and marketplaces in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders and service providers. It’s a lesser-known supplier and manufacturer directory for a huge range of products, from auto parts and accessories to electronics, jewellery, textiles, and toys. It’s very simple to contact suppliers. There’s even a pop-up message box to email the supplier directly. Just make sure you check that the supplier is verified and has a third-party reference before you contact them about possibly manufacturing your product.
A local sourcing agent is ideal when you need products manufactured to exact technical specifications. Agents based in China visit factories to inspect quality controls closely. After you’ve greenlighted mass production, the agent will revisit the factory to review raw materials and even check the first few batches for quality.
Many foreign trade salespersons have their LinkedIn accounts. To promote their products, they will show their company’s information in their profile. In this way, you can effortlessly search the manufacturer by using the industry keywords.
In my opinion, this is a useful channel. A good company may have a good company page; in the meantime, their salesperson will share a lot of valuable industry information on LinkedIn.
The first result that Google searches may show you an advertisement. It doesn’t matter; we can still find some high-quality suppliers. Due to the epidemic’s impact, many foreign trade companies in China are now paying more and more attention to the online promotion model. Whether a company is trustworthy or not, you can judge by its website.
Your industry network
Your business contacts may be able to connect you to Chinese suppliers or know someone who can guide you along the way. Also, check with local trade bodies and Chambers of Commerce. It’s not just what you know. It’s also who you know.
How to select a qualified supplier in kitchen sink industry?
Make a shortlist of suppliers/manufacturers.
Your initial searches will throw up a number of potential suppliers, and you will need to cut this list down further. You can do this by contacting each of them, telling them your requirements such as:
Provide a precise quality standard to the supplier
As a buyer, you need to list the details of the components you expect to manufacture. For example, specify material, the right type of finishing, exact dimensions.
Understand the supplier’s current customer base
Knowing the company’s existing customers is particularly important. This is because the size of their existing customers represents the level of service they can provide. Even if you pay more to the supplier, you can’t get better service in a short time.
Verify the credentials of supplier/manufacturer
1. Whether they are indeed the factory and not a middleman.
2. Whether they have the technical expertise and production capability to deliver what they say they can provide.
Knowing which Chinese region specialises in the product you want to be manufactured is also one way of weeding out resellers from manufacturers. For the kitchen sink industry, most manufacturers are found in great numbers in Guangdong province. So, if you find that a supplier is based in another province, that company is more likely to be a reseller than a manufacturer, and you may want to drop that name from your list.
3.Narrow down the list of suppliers you want to work with to a manageable amount.
At this stage, you may already know what your real needs are and what is available. Initiate contact with the suppliers you want to work with, and further develop relationships with them. Eventually, you will find the one. The process can be a fun and friendly experience.
Manufacturers are the people you’re handing your money over to to get your business off the ground. This will most likely be your most significant financial investment as a new eCommerce entrepreneur, which is why it’s so important to get it right. I hope this article will help you find the right supplier.