China Embarks on a New Push for Quality
(Industry Week – Michael Lyle)
“When you drink water, remember the spring.”
This Chinese proverb reminds us of the connection between the spring, the water and the drinker. The slightest variation in the source affects the quality of water that either quenches our thirst or sends us searching for another source. Similarly, the products made in China depend on the quality habits of the manufacturer, and ultimately impact a global customer base.
Chinese manufacturing is often considered synonymous with a large, focused workforce that produces goods with a premium on cost and convenience, perhaps at the expense of quality. However, the reality today is that China, like all industrialized nations, has a spectrum of quality that ranges from poor to superior. In the past, heightened demands for products allowed for quality discrepancies, but now a shift in consumer and production quality expectations creates new standards to reverberate through the manufacturing community. Read more here.
Date: March 20, 2012