Made in China
China currently manufactures 60% of the world’s shoes, 70% of the world’s mobile phones, and 80% of the world’s air conditioners. We may not be able to live without made in China products.
China is a well-known massive producer of all sorts of things like simple household products, tech, toys, textile, fashion accessories, and even colossal ships, trains, and more. Because of this, it is no surprise that most of what you own is made in China—probably the branded bag you own has a “made in China” tag in it.
And oh, manufacturing is only the tip of the iceberg—China is also one of the major food producers in the world, being one of the forerunners in agricultural output.
According to the Telegraph UK, these are the 10 products that China manufactures the most for the rest of the world:
- Computers (laptops, personal computers)
- Air conditioners
- Lamps (energy saving light bulbs)
- Solar cells/panels
- Mobile phones
- Shoes / leather bags
Apart from this list, the country is known to manufacture so much more.
Although the country is somewhat notorious for scandals involving counterfeit and substandard products, the country is actually home to major product brands that are too many to mention.
Why? China is a powerhouse of the most sophisticated factories in the world and yet it is home to cost-effective labour and industrial fees. These are actually favourable circumstances for most brands and save them both time and money, which means more profit.
Made in China goods are not all substandard or counterfeit. If you’ll look closely, most “American”, “European”, or even “Australian” brands are more often than not imported from China, but that does not mean that they are inferior.
Manufacturers in China are able to match their output per brand’s standard since brands would accept nothing less.
Items made in China are here to stay. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Low-cost manufacturing. Most of the raw materials for manufacturing are already produced in the country and lower labour rates apply to this country’s workers, hence the comparatively cheaper overall industrial costs.
- Brand migration. Brands are saving tons of money by choosing China to create their products, hence their headquartering in the country.
- Technology. Chinese factories are well-equipped for high-tech manufacturing, which means that they will be the top choices for manufacturing tech products, and high-quality consumer items like jewellery, clothing, bags, and many others.
Made in China products have already saturated the world market, whether we like it or not, and judging by the rate of the demand for China-made products, we’ll be seeing more the “made in China” products in the future.
This is not bad at all—designer brand products made in China will have their quality consistent with the brand’s promise. Eg: Italian brand Pierre Cardin leather briefcase, Australian Cue Clothing is one of the many.
You can always expect your China-made Apple computer to perform excellently and live up to the thousands of dollars you paid for the item. In the same way, you should not expect a $20 made in China faux leather bags to last you a lifetime. One should really need to look closer to the material use and the process of making it. For example in the case of branded genuine leather briefcase or any Italian leather handbags in your house, do you know the make-up grades of leather component in it? Do you know their tanning processes? Is that “genuine leather” really is genuine? What if I tell you they are not.
Check this blog out if you are interested. Surprisingly not too many people actually know the leather grades at all.
Ultimately, quality is consistent with the product cost—in this case, the adage “you get what you pay for” is pretty true.