Scandic Sourcing’s staff have gone on an inspection trip to a supplier of windscreens intended for subway cars, in Zhenghzou, in Henan district, acting on an order from TD Rail and Industry. The latest inspection trip is one in a long row of inspections in Zhengzhou. The windscreens have been delivered to Sweden by request from the Stockholm Metro.
Scandic Sourcing's quality engineer Steven Du inspects windscreens
The suppliers at work with the windshields in their plant in Zhengzhou
Scandic Sourcing is helping Copenhagen Malmö Port and Malmö City Council work closely in contacts with China. These contacts include Chinese government and associations, Chinese companies in the business segments of vehicles, logistics, processing machines, ‘green’ energy such as wind power and other so-called clean technology. With our assistance, CMP has made numerous visits to cities and regions in China, and Chinese delegations have visited CMP in both Copenhagen and Malmö. Most significantly, the relationship between CMP and Hebei/Shenzhen is continuously developing. Agreements have been signed with the ports in both regions which make CMP a selected partner and pave the way for new business opportunities. Big companies from Hebei and Shenzhen are having conversations with CMP about them expanding to Scandinavia to conduct business. It’s a long process, but CMP is anticipating further collaboration to commence soon.
Scandic Sourcing has received the 2012 Swedish Chamber of commerce Innovation price for its Supplier Code of conduct program. The code of conduct program is a continuous improvement program to align Chinese sub-suppliers with Westerns values in labor, safety and environmental practices in manufacturing operations.It has been tested extensively within Delaval China.
The award was presented by Swedish Minister of Trade Dr. Eva Björling at a Cermony at Qinghua University in connection with a the recent state visit.
Scandic Sourcing has completed delivery of air handling systems for Danske Stadsbaner (Danish State Railway) or DSB, Denmark in cooperation with TD Rail and Industry, Sweden. The air handling systems have been installed on the DSB IC4 inter-city train, built by the Italian company AnsaldoBreda. The delivery was done in 5 batches during 2011 and 2012.
Scandic Sourcing has completed delivery of an order to Bombardier in cooperation with TD Rail and Industry, Sweden. The order was for 120 different parts for a renovation project for Green Cargo RC2 locomotives.
TD Rail and Industry provides design and solutions to the rail industry.
Bombardier is a supplier of rail transport solutions http://www.bombardier.com/en/transportation.
Green Cargo is an operator of cargo trains in Sweden www.greencargo.com.
|Development and Code of Conducts|
In sourcing we sometimes find that all the customer requirements cannot be immediately fulfilled.
With our Supplier Development program we help you choose the best-fit supplier that has the potential and the willingness to reach the required standard level. We actively coach them to meet your international standards, helping them to consistently improve quality, service and lead time as well as decreasing costs. Our Chinese-Western cross-cultural team serves as a bridge that builds an understanding between you and the factories.
Supplier code of conduct program
Practical reality and the level of development in China is quite different to the western world. In addition there is an enormous range of standards between companies in China. As a result, the awareness of our concepts of ethics and code of conduct are sometimes low. We offer training for sourcing organizations in China, individual program development and provide third party auditing.
Whether it is setting up a long term supply chain or getting an urgent project order expedited, we can support you to meet your target. We can work on a consulting fee basis or we can work as a supplier/exporter. Discuss your targets with us and we will come up with the most efficient solution for you.
For smaller customized series we can quickly find a suitable supplier and give you a price. We take your drawings and specifications and find the right suppliers at the right price. Assemblies often require the cooperation and coordination of many suppliers. For example, an assembly may require extrusion, stampings, welding, machining, painting and assembly. Third party factories may provide anodizing, tooling and fixtures. Scandic gets involved in checking critical sub-suppliers and toolmakers. Scandic’s quality engineers audit, qualify and monitor each step in the supply chain, from the making of the moulds to the painting of the final product. During the production process and before shipment we are on site to check that everything is going according to plan. We make sure that potential problems are identified and solved before it is too late.
You want your supplier to understand that you need quality and delivery too. The price gets you to China, a smooth pipeline keeps you’re here.
|Finding a Chinese supplier|
There are an endless number of suppliers in China and it is easy to find one on the internet. Some of the suppliers in China are real manufacturers but many are trading companies. Because most Chinese manufacturing companies do not have export licenses, they often work with trading companies.
However, a trading company sometimes has its own agenda.
There exists a wide range in the quality of Chinese suppliers and it is important to select a supplier that offers the right combination of service, price, and quality to fit your needs. The suppliers you meet at exhibitions and those who have websites are usually the most eager ones to catch a foreign customer.ÂÂ However, do you know what is behind a nice website or a well-decorated exhibition booth? Do they really produce the products themselves? Do they have the capability to produce what you need? Are the samples representative of the daily production? Are there any hidden risks?
We go behind the website, the exhibition boots, and the factory walls to find the real picture for you.
Scandic Sourcing conducts consulting studies where we, in a systematic way, look into an industry. We can find the leaders and the competent management teams who possess the correct production machinery, the clean and organized factories, the working quality systems, good environmental practices, good labour practices and the willingness to understand your needs.
We research a large group of suppliers in China and weed out all the unqualified ones. We then benchmark the qualified ones according to agreed criteria and pick out the best-fit companies.ÂÂ With our informative company profiles and short lists you can decide which companies you want to visit, place test orders or do further follow-up by yourself.
This method is especially recommendable when you plan to develop suppliers to fit into your regular supply chain.
It is always expensive, risky, and time-consuming to switch suppliers. However spending the money up-front is worth when you get it right.
We are on your side and watch your interests.
Talk to us about your plans and let's together develop a sourcing strategy and supplier search proposal for you.