The textile color fastness is the capacity of a dyed textile to keep its original aspect without loosing color when being wet, washed or exposed to the light. It is one of the main issue of the textile industry.
In the article « Textile color fastness tests: ISO 105 » we learned how to test the textile color fastness. Today we will see which are the factors affecting the color fastness. Continue reading
China is the biggest cotton producer in the world. Chinese cotton represents more than 50% of global stocks.
During the last weeks many articles online told about the intention of Chinese textile mills lobby to change the Chinese cotton policy. Let’s try to understand what is happening. Continue reading
We already learned about the production level limits during a pre-shipment inspection to ensure its reliability: “Pre-shipment inspection: production level“. There is another important condition to take into consideration: the way the sampling for inspection is done. Continue reading
A pre-shipment inspection is the last opportunity to identify and correct issues “on-time”. This kind of inspection checks the goods quality and conformity to the purchase order specifications sent to the manufacturer. It is really an important one and the most commonly used. Did you know that the reliability of the pre-shipment inspection partially depends on the production level at which it is performed? Continue reading
As you already know, the Quality Control Blog has been created by Asia Quality Focus team to allow the Asian sourcing world to learn more and share experiences for a safer sourcing in Asia. We have been working for few months to improve its content, layout and features. Now that we have a new Quality Control Blog… let’s discover it! Continue reading
The first time we started to talk about textile colorfast was in 1916. It is an old story in the textile industry! Since then some standard tests have been created to detect color bleeding issues. Recently the issue has been detected in several shipments, including shirts, suitcases and even sneakers. How can we test textile color fastness? Continue reading
In addition to goods inspection, we often believe that a third-party quality control company could help to negotiate with the supplier some improvements on quality issues in manufacturing.
However we have to be careful: it might have negative consequences on the relationship with the supplier. Continue reading
Some suppliers say that their products are conformed with CE, EMC, Reach, RoHS and other specifications. Laboratory Testing by an official “notified body” is necessary for certification. Importers need the certificates to comply with national regulations and sell their goods on the market. Which regulations to comply with? How to arrange laboratory testing for products certification? Continue reading
It is the well-known factory of the world, a place where all kinds of products can be sourced. However, we are all aware there are risks in doing business in China.
In the last years we started reading about China factory relocation in the newspapers: Continue reading
In June 2013, the China Sourcing Information Center (CSIC) presented a very useful article and many interesting videos from conferences held by one of the CSIC contributor: Ming-Global.
We recommend reading and watching the series to everyone new to China. Even experienced buyers will find some new bits and pieces. Continue reading