Today, China is Asia's major manufacturing powerhouse and a prime sourcing destination for brands and retailers worldwide. Globally, "made in China" is no longer always synonymous with poor quality, but effective quality control mechanisms remain a priority for any business looking to secure their supply chain.
With offices and labs in Hong Kong, Guangdong, Sichuan, Zhejiang, AI performs product inspections, lab testing and supplier audits in all of China, helping you ensure product quality, avoid supply chain disruptions and protect your brand reputation.
AI's highly qualified auditors can conduct Manufacturing, Ethical, Structural, Environmental and C-TPAT audits of your Chinese suppliers' factories, helping you engage with capable and ethical suppliers. AI conducts audits to a number of international standards, our own Best-in-Class protocol or your in-house requirements.
AI Supplier Audits in China help you:
AI operates 3 testing labs in Hong Kong, Hangzhou and Wenzhou which are fully accredited to perform a wide range of tests on products in China. AI labs offer over 6,000 tests in a number of categories, including softlines, hardlines, eyewear, promotional items, textiles, apparel, toys and children's products, and more.
Our lab testing capabilities in China are accredited by and in accordance with the following regulatory bodies and international standards:
Inspect your product before it leaves your Chinese supplier's factory, and prevent quality problems down the line. We guarantee an inspector on-site of any factory in China within 48 hours, and the inspection report will be delivered to you on the day of the inspection.
Experienced AI product inspectors help you safeguard the quality of your product at every stage of manufacturing:
Easy and Flexible Scheduling:
Your Eyes in the Supply Chain!™ - We are an independent, certified and licensed quality control company, working on your side to protect your business interests in the supply chain.
Manage Your Quality Control Process Online - Create your free account, schedule your Inspections online, make payment arrangements, and receive your detailed Inspection report electronically.
Safer - AI utilizes the strictest international standards ensuring product safety and regulatory requirements are met.
Comprehensive Reports – Inspection reports include detailed pictures to let you see what our inspectors see. Audit reports include copies of factory records, management interviews, and images, ensuring a complete profile of your supplier.
Recent product inspection data shows that China's beyond AQL rates are hovering around the 30% percent mark, a slight improvement on the average value for Asia and Asia Pacific, and a distinct advantage against other manufacturing powerhouses, such as India and Bangladesh (where failure rates reach 46% and 54%, respectively). Nevertheless, a supply chain where one-third must be reworked before they are shipped leaves ample room for improvement, especially for brands and retailers sourcing on a large scale.
In the face of these figures, any brand and retailer sourcing from China must remain vigilant. This is especially the case for high-risk product categories, such as toys and children's products, as shown by the fact that China-sourced toys firmly remain in the lead among the EU's recalls.
This data serves to emphasize the importance of quality control and reliable on-site inspection services. For any Western-based brand manufacturing in China, the perfect third-party inspector must combine industry expertise with local knowledge and experience. Dependable quality control services must span the entire sourcing cycle: from onsite product inspections at different manufacturing stages, to comprehensive supplier audits and lab testing.
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