CLOTHING MANUFACTURERS IN CHINA: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO WORK WITH THEM! (COMPLETE GUIDE 2021)
If your ambition is to create your clothing collection then reading this article will give you the tools and resources necessary for the successful implementation of your project.
In this article, we analyze in detail all the parameters to choose your textile factory, you will learn what you need to know to select the right small quantity clothing manufacturer China, create a techpack, choose the materials, have samples made and much more. again.
BUY CLOTHES WHOLESALE IN CHINA
Manufacturers of clothing and textiles do not keep products in stock. Rather, they offer production as an “on-demand” service . Some suppliers don’t even keep fabrics, zippers and other components in stock, but instead source the materials needed for each new order that comes in.
The only exception concerns products intended for the domestic market. Some Chinese textile suppliers manufacture their own products for their own domestic market. The “problem”, at least for foreign importers, is that “domestic products” do not comply with European or American textile labeling requirements. Therefore, importing textiles wholesale is not even an option for most importers.
So why are importers always interested in clothing wholesalers? The reason is that manufacturers have a minimum order quantity (MOQ) requirement, while wholesalers do not.
HOW TO FIND A GOOD CLOTHING MANUFACTURER IN CHINA
Clothing manufacturer in China Not all clothing and textile manufacturing companies are the same. Randomly selecting factories on the internet, without checking that the supplier is able to meet your quality requirements and needs, risks ending in disaster. Below is an introduction to the three big factors that really go into choosing Women clothing manufacturers.
1. THE SCOPE OF THE PRODUCT
All suppliers specialize in certain categories of products, and sometimes even materials. If you are considering importing GOTS certified organic cotton t-shirts , you should specifically look for suppliers who make GOTS certified organic cotton t-shirts, and not just suppliers who make “cotton t-shirts”.
This also applies to printing techniques and other technical requirements. If you intend to import DTG printed t-shirts, for example, it is essential to only select suppliers who already offer DTG printing.
2. MINIMUM ORDER QUANTITY (MOQ) REQUIREMENT
All suppliers have MOQ requirement . For example, if the MOQ of suppliers is set at 500 pieces, you must purchase at least 500 pieces – otherwise they cannot accept your order. In textile industry, there are 3 different MOQ to follow:
MOQ per order: Normally 500 – 1000 pieces
MOQ per fabric: Normally 250 – 500 pieces
MOQ per color: Normally 250 – 500 pieces
MOQ per size: Normally 100 – 250 pieces
Note that the MOQ often reflects the minimum amount of fabric the supplier must purchase from their subcontractors. So you can reduce the overall MOQ by using the same fabrics and colors on multiple products.
In addition, custom colored fabrics (i.e. according to a certain Pantone) tend to have a higher MOQ, compared to the standard colors of the supplier’s fabrics.
3. TEST REPORTS
Textile clothing items are subject to regulation in the vast majority of countries, including Europe, the United States and Australia. Most current safety standards, such as the REACH regulation in Europe and California Proposition 65, limit chemicals, heavy metals and pollutants.
A good part of Chinese manufacturers, especially the smaller ones, are not aware of the elements contained in their textiles.
This is a deeply rooted problem that goes far beyond the mere manufacturer. All clothing producers obtain the fabrics and the various elements from subcontractors. The number of these can range from a few to several hundred.
To make sure that non-conforming materials don’t creep in, the manufacturer has to test a large amount of samples, which is deemed too expensive and too time-consuming by most small factories.
For importers established in Europe, America, Canada and Australia, it is essential to select a manufacturer capable of demonstrating compliance in terms of test reports, issued by an accredited third party such as SGS or Intertek .
CLOTHING TESTING REPORTS
For example, you can perform a “compliance check” based on the following:
REACH test report (SVHC)
OEKO tex standard 100
California Proposition 65
Heavy Metal Testing Report
Azo Dye Testing Report
Nomenclature of substances
4. TEXTILE QUALITY
In 2019, we were entrusted with the management of the development of a new collection of polo shirts for a French brand. A new supplier had already been selected by the brand in the southern province of Fujian for the manufacture of their new designs.
He was a great maker. Appropriate infrastructure, extensive experience, significant capital, advanced machinery and a strict quality management system.
The customer received the samples and testing began. A few weeks of use and washing later, it became clear that the quality of the materials was far below the customer’s expectations. While he wanted to match the quality standards of brands such as GANT and Ralph Lauren.
The customer was clearly unhappy with this situation and we then filed a complaint with the supplier. He then produced another batch of samples. But the result was the same. This is how we realized that it was undoubtedly a reliable supplier, but that it was not able to meet the quality criteria and needs of our buyer
It turned out that this company did indeed specialize in making low-cost textile products for discount markets, and was also very talented in this area.
Before you get started, you need to tidy up your fabric specifications. Never assume that a clothing supplier specializes in producing items that meet your requirements.
SOURCE FABRICS DIRECTLY FROM MATERIAL SUPPLIERS
One of the strategies that we have applied more frequently in recent years is to look for two sets of suppliers
Supplier A: clothing manufacturer
Supplier B: Fabric supplier
Relying on the clothing manufacturer to choose fabrics and other materials can be time-consuming.
For example, communicating fabric quality requirements to a supplier can be complicated, and it can take weeks, or even months, of email exchanges to obtain satisfactory fabric samples.
A more suitable solution, if you have special fabric requirements, is to identify a textile supplier and order samples directly from them. The supplier will then send the fabrics to the garment manufacturer in time for production.
5. BSCI AND SEDEX AUDIT REPORT
BSCI and Sedex are organizations that conduct regular audits of social compliance in factories around the world. The BSCI, in particular, implements a protocol based on these fundamental principles:
The rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining
Health and security at work
Special protection for young workers
No bonded labor
Ethical behavior of companies
Decent working hours
No child labor
No precarious employment
Garment manufacturing factories that are already audited by BSCI or Sedex tend to be much better managed than factories that do not have such audit reports. There are different reasons for this, but the audit reports from BSCI and Sedex (SMETA) are some of the main decision factors we apply for sourcing garment manufacturing factories in China, Vietnam, China. India and other countries.