Factory Visit Audit

Factory inspection services in China and assessing Chinese suppliers are crucial. Never buy anything without having somebody visit the factory first hand. Direct Station travels countrywide for client doing factory visits in China to audit them in person. Book your factory audit in China here.

Audit is your unique opportunity to see the factory management, as well as technical peculiarities of the manufacture process. As a rule, the factory visit audit consists of several stages.

Pre-audit

This stage includes collecting data about the supplier, defining goals of the audit, and planning the business trip and audit procedure.

Audit

Audit is a good chance for every customer to contact with the suppliers, learn about real conditions of the supplied goods production, and re-consider contractual terms and conditions. The personal factory audit give you an idea about the real state of affairs. You can check that the producer complies with all manufacture standards and requirements.

Audit objectives

Make sure you know exactly what your objectives are before starting the audit. In general, the objective of any supplier-identification process is to identify a suitable manufacturing partner in China.

What is a “suitable manufacturing partner”?

There are a lot of mega-size and relatively professional factories in China. Keep in mind, however, that just because a factory has the most modern facilities and a staff that speaks English. It doesn’t mean it is the right fit for your company.

Any factory audit in China should also include a chance for you to face to face with the factory management. Not only will this allow you to collect data in regard to the more technical requirements of the audit. But it will also allow you and the factory personnel to introduce each other’s businesses at the highest level.

The technical review

This is the core of the audit, most of the factory data are collected. It’s important to have a well-organized reporting format. Following are a few of the key areas of the technical review:

Business registration, ownership, and organizational structure. In this section you should identify the ownership breakdown of the organization, ensure business and manufacturing licenses. It’s also beneficial to note the factory’s approximate sales volumes for the past and current year. You may also want to review and photocopy the factory’s organizational chart.

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