Electronics Manufacturing in China
The electronics industry is one of the fastest-evolving industries and one where you see a ton of innovation and even more competition. A 2015 IBISWorld report stated the global consumer electronics manufacturing industry was valued at upwards of $280 billion, nearly half of which can be accounted for by the Americas.
The Keys to Success for an Electronics Company
Product-Market fit: You don’t need to be revolutionary, but you should be able to provide value to a specific person or meet a specific need. As the saying goes, if you’re not making your product for someONE, you’re not making it for ANYone.
Research & Development: This cannot be overstated. In a world dominated by people looking to be the first, best or cheapest – where are you trying to fit in? Chances are one of these (phone, laptop, headphones) are less than a year old and already no longer the best product out there. Much like a shark in water, you need to keep moving or you’re dead.
Good Branding/Marketing: Are you sustainable? Is your product future proof? Do you have the best after-sales service? Is there anything about your product that makes you different or special? Marketing is essential, but the single most important thing is having a product that does what it promises to do.
Smart Pricing: With so many players out there, it’s not hard to find yourself in a race to the bottom. You must get this just right. Pricing yourself correctly is about understanding where you fit in with your consumer, but it is also strongly dictated by your costs and scale of manufacturing. These products consist of materials, parts, components, subassemblies, etc. Work with professionals and make sure you get this right.
Now, let’s try and understand the electronics manufacturing process a little better.
What Can I Expect From the Manufacturer?
Some companies only need a final design file to go ahead and begin development, source components and assemble/distribute your product. But if you haven’t prototyped and tested your product, ask more from your manufacturer – especially if you have a strong collaborative relationship with them. Unless you’re an expert yourself, you might not want to risk finding out your product could have been made cheaper, better or both.
What is the Actual Manufacturing Process?
Each product is different so there’s no one-size-fits-all, but the standard process is as follows:
Design: From understanding the customer’s specifications and product needs to exploring existing products and studying materials and components that have cost and performance implications, there’s a lot to be said for the process of visualizing, prototyping and testing.
Testing: This covers compliance for safety and setting quality guidelines, investigating failures, quality control, environmental testing, in-circuit testing and finally functional testing.
Manufacturing: There are several manufacturing techniques that can be applied for electronics products, depending on the needs of the product, like with Printed circuit boards (PCBs), Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and RF/Wireless to name a few.
Prototyping: Some providers build early samples made to test a product following the design phase. This ensures you can work out the kinks early before you get into a larger production run. This process can take place multiple times through the design and planning phase of the project.
The final manufacturing checklist can look like this:
- Circuit Design
- Packaging & Printed Circuit Design
- Manufacturing Setup
- Logistics & Follow up
Why Should You Manufacture Electronics in China?
Due to the nature and expansion of internal and external markets, most China-manufactured electronics are exported, making China nothing short of THE global production base. More than half the world’s mobile phones are made in China, along with almost every PCB.
Did you know that among the production facilities employed by the Top 200 Apple suppliers, there are almost 6 times as many in China than in the US?
MorphoMFG has a long history of manufacturing some of the most innovative products out there and our clients span across 6 continents. We’re not just good, we’re among the best in the electronics manufacturing space in China.
A variety of factors work together to make that happen:
- The scope of activities offered
- The range of certifications secured
- Industry-leading IP Protection services
- Competitive costing
- Technical abilities of our vetted factories
- Strength of production capability, material and component procurement AND
- Quality assurance
Whether you’re looking to create something innovative and need to launch your product or if you want to save a lot of money by moving your existing manufacturing from your incumbent solution to something cheaper and more reliable, look no further.