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AsiaInspection Q4 2017 Barometer: Manufacturing Peak Season Brings New Quality and Ethical Challenges

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As the holidays approach and manufacturing peak season has started in sourcing powerhouses throughout Asia, AI data on inspection and audit demand reflects the overall trends in the region.

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AsiaInspection Q4 2017 Barometer: Manufacturing Peak Season Brings New Quality and Ethical Challenges

  1. 1. MANUFACTURING PEAK SEASON BRINGS NEW QUALITY AND ETHICAL CHALLENGES ASIAINSPECTION Q4 2017 BAROMETER
  2. 2. HONG KONG, OCTOBER 5, 2017 ASIAINSPECTION (AI) A LEADING GLOBAL QUALITY CONTROL AND COMPLIANCE SERVICE PROVIDER THAT PARTNERS WITH BRANDS, RETAILERS AND IMPORTERS AROUND THE WORLD TO SECURE, MANAGE AND OPTIMIZE THEIR SUPPLY CHAIN today announces its 2017 Q4 Barometer, a quarterly synopsis on outsourced manufacturing and the quality control services industry.
  3. 3. GLOBAL SOURCING TRENDS: MANUFACTURING POWERHOUSES GOING STRONG INTO HOLIDAY SEASON +11.6%CHINA PAKISTAN +18.7% +22.7%CAMBODIA YEAROVERYEARGROWTH
  4. 4. +65%LATIN AMERICA SOUTH AFRICA +7.1% LESOTHO +13.6% YEARTODATEGROWTH GLOBAL SOURCING TRENDS: BRANDS DIVERSIFY GEOGRAPHICAL SOURCING
  5. 5. PEAK SEASON PUTS STRAIN ON ETHICAL COMPLIANCE Fully compliant factories with “Green” scores Factories with critical non- compliances Average score of the biggest compliance issue: “working hours and wages” 30%34% in 2016 34.7%27.3% in 2016 6.4/10
  6. 6. ETHICAL PERFORMANCE BY REGION Comparaison YTD vs 2016 7.5 CHINA -5% SOUTH & SOUTHEAST ASIA +7%
  7. 7. COMPLIANCE BY INDUSTRY REMAINS DISPARATE BEST ETHICAL SCORES IN Q3 2017 Homeware 8.1/10 E&E 8.0/10 SECTORS SHOWING IMPROVEMENT Textiles and apparel 7.6/10 (7.2 in 1H 2017) NEGATIVE EVOLUTION OF ETHICAL SCORES Toys and Juvenile Products 7.4/10 (8.1 in 2016) Cross-industry average 7.7/10
  8. 8. STRUCTURAL SAFETY DETERIORATES Share of factories at immediate risk more than doubled this year so far: 2017 YTD: 6.7% (End of 2016: 2.5%) Medium-term risks found in 61.3% factories Share of compliant factories flat at 32%
  9. 9. MANUFACTURING QUALITY DISPLAYS POSITIVE TREND 4-point YoY improvement in Beyond AQL rates Quality performance in Q3 2017 varied strongly by region and industry 4 pt.improvement in Beyond AQL rates
  10. 10. IN-FACTORY PRODUCT QUALITY TRENDS BY REGION Quality remains poor in South Asian sourcing hubs, with high Beyond AQL rates: Bangladesh: 47.8% India: 30.1% Sri Lanka: 28.2% China shows improvement: 19.7% Beyond AQL in Q3 2017, vs. 22.2% in Q3 2016
  11. 11. QUALITY PERFORMANCE BY INDUSTRY Textiles and Apparel: 30% products Beyond AQL in Q3 2017 Accessories and Eyewear are best performers with 14.3% and 12.2% Beyond AQL values respectively E&E: down 3 points vs. 2016 Beyond AQL values, to 16.9%
  12. 12. POSSIBLE PROGRESS FOR FOOD QUALITY IN CHINA FOOD QUALITY GLOBALLY: 28% failed inspections in 2017 CHINA: 30% in 2017 YTD vs. 46% in 2016 Potential impact of the new food safety law
  13. 13. CHEMICAL COMPLIANCE REMAINS A CHALLENGE FOR IMPORTERS TEST RESULTS FOR US MARKET PRODUCTS 12% failed for excessive amounts of Lead, Cadmium, Heavy Metals 11% contained banned phthalates On average, failure rates in Q3 2017 doubled vs. 1H 2017 EU MARKET (REACH COMPLIANCE) 2% failure for Lead content 5% failure for Phthalates
  14. 14. TOY MANUFACTURERS STRUGGLE TO COMPLY WITH UPDATED US STANDARD Key toy safety standard ASTM F963-16 recently updated FAILURE RATES for relevant tests in Q3 2017: 9% Average 8% Flame retardancy requirements 9% Mechanical hazards requirements 10% Meavy metals content
  15. 15. EYEWEAR: ANOTHER CHALLENGING PRODUCT CATEGORY Test results from AI’s HOKLAS accredited lab show high failure rates of eyewear products: EU MARKET: 12% failed in lab US MARKET: 28% failed in lab Most common REASONS FOR FAILURE: Most VULNERABLE product types: Nickel release UV and blue light transmittance Resistance to optical radiation Ready-to-wear spectacles Sunglasses Ni Ni Ni
  16. 16. www.asiainspection.com info@asiainspection.com facebook.com/asiainspection twitter.com/asiainspection linkedin.com/company/asiainspection   

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