Open the search engines, and your device screen would open the list of uncountable suppliers option for you. However, as easy as it is to find a supplier, finding a reliable manufacturer is difficult. But to guide you, I have filtered out the best ways to find manufacturers in China. They are:
Once in a world where people were not so heavily dependent on the internet as they are today, buyers had only furniture fairs to rely on to find furniture manufacturers. It was hard to be played or tricked on the fairs as the Furniture fairs only had reliable manufacturers.
The old furniture fair traditions are followed today. Furniture fairs are even now one of the most important ways to find new manufacturers or maintain relationships with old ones.
What Makes Furniture Fairs Relevant For Your Search
Furniture fairs are the first places where you will come across furniture styles and designs that enter the market a month or two later. The face-to-face experience allows you to have a look at the products, along with meeting the manufacturer on your own. It is the most safe way to know the person you will be working with in the future.
However, as with other things, there is a problem when going to the furniture fair. You will find things to be more costly. First, you will have to visit China, and then you will have to deal with the supply chain back home on your own. You have to deal with all the details on your own, and since the fair lasts only days, you won’t be able to know more about the company you plan to work with in such a short time.
There are only two time periods in which exhibitions are held in China; these are March and August/September.
· Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition (SIFE) that is help from March 19th to 22nd
· International Famous Furniture Fair (3F), held from 16th to 20th
· China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), held from March 28th to 31st
- International Famous Furniture Fair (3F), held from August 11th to 14th
- China International Furniture Fair (Shanghai)
- China International Furniture Expo
Since the exhibitions occur at two different periods, you will have to attend both to find the best furniture that you are looking for.
Using Search Engines
If you can’t travel all the way to China, you have got search engines to help you make your choices. But the internet is a whole new world where it is easy to get lost. Therefore, to find what you are looking for, you can search on ‘Google’ or other search engines such as ‘Yandex.com’ or ‘bing.com.’
Some of the manufacturers and suppliers have good websites from where you can know if they are professional or not from the design and layout of their website. You can do the following to know if a particular manufacturer is right for you or not.
Create A Datasheet
Create a spreadsheet to record data that will help you determine if a specific manufacturer would make a suitable choice for you. Make columns such as:
- Name of the company
- Contact information
- The scope and business scale
- What kind of furniture does the company deal with
- Additional notes
You will notice that you will have a large list of potential furniture suppliers and manufacturers once you have made your spreadsheet. The factors that are important in your list must be the factory’s size and the furniture types. With the size and furniture types known, you will be able to know who you are dealing with.
Right Keywords Are Essential
You must use the right keywords for your search. Only the keywords help you with finding out what you are looking for. Instead of using the wrong words, type the words that directly take you to your search. For instance, it would be better to write ‘China Furniture Manufacturers’ rather than furniture manufacturers.
Getting In Touch With The Furniture Manufacturers
Done with the list?! Now move to contact the suppliers to get better information about the company and its scope. Use Email to communicate with each of your options. There are other apps as well that you can use to get in touch with the manufacturer.
You can use WeChat that is used by almost 1 billion users and is a popular app in China. You can make calls, send videos, or chat on the app. Do not use Whatsapp as it is blocked most of the time, so you may not be able to get through to your manufacturer or supplier.
Once you have made your contact, you can plan a sourcing trip with a legit guide to help you through the furniture maze of China!