142: Planning for Overseas Manufacturing in Product Development

142: Preparing Your Product for Manufacturing Overseas

September 21, 2022

With Mike Deigan, VP of Global Link Sourcing

Hosted by Kevin Mako of MAKO Design + Invent

142: Preparing Your Product for Manufacturing Overseas
142: Preparing Your Product for Manufacturing Overseas

Mike Deigan is Vice President at Global Link Sourcing. He has been working for 10 years on sourcing products and consulting on products for 15 years before that. Global Link has helped with manufacturing well over 100 products for hardware companies, leading to tens of millions of their sourced products selling around the world. Today, Mike is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can understand how to prepare your product’s development to get it ready to present to overseas manufacturing partners and the pros and cons of sourcing through an agency and sourcing direct with manufacturers in China and elsewhere.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • How to optimally prepare your product to work with overseas manufacturing rather than a local manufacturer.
  • Concept design versus design for manufacturing.
  • How to develop a design that you can truly go to production with.
  • Going direct versus through a sourcing company when securing an overseas manufacturer.
  • Significance of logistics, time, finding a real factory, and the financial benefits.
  • The problems with finding a manufacturing partner through Alibaba or similar platforms.
  • Strategies for rectifying issues with a manufacturer.


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Thanks for tuning in! See you next time.