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Inside Chinese Factories

Hey Urban Gardeners!

It`s been an exciting few weeks, but this week was truly a blast.bus

This is what we have been waiting for a long time and one of the biggest reasons we have come to China- to see how things are being made here and make our own.

Finding the right factory and the right manufacturing partner is critical to bringing a product with a high quality at the right price and one of the biggest challenges in the manufacturing process. It`s also something we take very seriously as our mission is to deliver something you and us will be extremely proud of. Only then we will know we did our job.

That requires research and assessment of varies capabilities of different factories. Multiple visits, familiarity with the cultural customs and of course understanding of manufacturing process.

So this week we jumped on a bus with our fellow entrepreneurs and hit the adventures.

Doing Business In China

The interesting thing about Chinese way of doing business is that apparently it always includes food and drinks. When the factory owner likes you most probably it will invite you for a dinner. We had a taste of that and a pleasure of being invited to dinner and pleased with a very strong Chinese alcohol. Nothing to say that the meeting was very cheerful and everybody extremely enjoyed themselves.

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We should start practicing now so when we really need to make a deal we will be ready.

How is Stuff Made.

Without getting into too much technical details (ask us if you are interested in knowing more) we want to show you how it all looks like from inside.

We have visited two places from which one of them was Seed Studio. Its an open hardware facilitation company based in Shenzhen, China.

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Benefiting from local manufacture power and convenient global logistic system, they integrate resources to serve new era of innovation. Seeed also works with global distributors and partners to push open hardware movement. They design modular electronics for quick prototyping and small scale projects.  Basically awesome place if you want a quick prototype run, western quality of service and you are keen to spend a little bit more money.

Have a look inside:

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We had to all wear coats to not bring dust inside the rooms where especially PCBs are being made.

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This is one of the injection molds for plastic. Very, very very heavy.

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A quality control station. Once the circuit boards have been assembled, they are examined by a machine vision system which looks at each component to make sure it’s properly attached.

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And this is the CNC machine room in one of the factories. These machines are used to make the molds used for plastic (and sometimes metal) parts .

That’s all for now, but we’ll have plenty more manufacturing updates as we get closer to production. Thanks for your support!

 

Aga is a relentless entrepreneur, a passionate foodie and a fitness freak. A business mind behind Niwa, she dreams about building business which can truly make a shift in how we see personal food production, inspire and empower other to grow their own food.

  • Rafael V. Gonçalves

    Nice article Aga, thanks for sharing you know-how. Did you made NIWA on seed lab? It’s a good choice ?

    • Agnieszka Nazaruk

      Hey Rafael, Thanks for your support.
      We were not part of the Seed Labs. Are you looking to apply?

      • Rafael V. Gonçalves

        Hi Agnieszka, I’m looking for a Chinese factory to make small batches (100 to 1000). I think it’s a difficulty task. :D

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