The Linkeight Story
Taking Number 8 Wire to the World
SThe Linkeight story began in 2009 in response to a pressing need of Kiwi companies wanting to manufacture offshore. We could see these companies needed to cushion the risk and fast-track success when navigating the complex nature of getting products made in China and to market.
The company was built on over 40 years of manufacturing experience throughout China and around the world, and our team today also brings 25 years of experience on the ground in China.
We specialise in countering the risks you face with the legal, cultural and logistical complications that inevitably arise, causing businesses to stumble.
We are here to make sure companies like yours are not put at risk or have to go through months of recovery when a manufacturing or sourcing decision with China is unsuccessful.
Building on a Solid Foundation
My career began as a toolmaker, and following a number of promotions I became a sales engineer. This progression gave me firsthand experience of the systems and processes required as a manufacturer to produce and deliver a product to market.
During 2005 I was employed by Southward Automotive, an automotive contract manufacturer with over 350 staff, Southwards was a 3rd generation, 100-year-old company.
The pressure from Chinese manufacturers through the early 2000s was tangible. With their ability to produce products at a cost level much lower than that of a locally made product. This led to closure of many long-standing manufacturing engineering companies in New Zealand.
The closure of the Southwards Automotive factory was imminent. I took leave and bought a one way ticket to China. I wanted to save our factory, and understand as a significant New Zealand contract manufacturer, why did we not see this coming and use it to our advantage?
Over the next 5 years, I returned to China many times. Travelling from factory to factory, city to city reviewing some of the most capable production engineering facilities I had ever seen.
From here, Linkeight was born.
Over the years it has been a privilege to develop a speciality in linking production engineering companies with Chinese factories, that offer skill sets to complement their own — enabling our team of clients to compete globally.
From Process comes Profit
Collaboration and communication are vital to successful production in China. We spend the time with you upfront to clearly understand your product needs. For contract manufacturing, this is a critical part of our process and allows us to use end-to-end process management to monitor the production process in detail through effective quality controls.
CHINA IN 8 STEPS
When trading with China, we engage eight core services at various points throughout our process.
- Factory selection and auditing
- Pricing assessment and negotiation
- Quality assurance processes
- End-to-end project management
- Communication and translation services
- Management of legal and fiscal activity
- Cultural and international relations
- Logistics and delivery
You Hold the Remote
We give our customers full control over the production of their products with a four step approval process.
- Acceptance of proposal and contract engagement
- Sample or pilot sample approved
- Pre-production run
- Approval to manufacture or re-order
Eyes on the Ball
To identify problems or risks early we have a four-step approval process. This process is customised for intensive production monitoring, meaning surprise delays, cost overruns or miscommunications are a thing of the past.
We have a New Zealand engineer assess all production processes and control systems for each factory. This means we carefully review factory abilities and management systems, production processes and policies, quality control systems, record keeping and social compliance, so that you don’t have to.
Step by Step Checks
Our regular factory visits help us make sure designs are running to plan. We assure quality through pre-production, first article, in-process and final product inspections.
Good to Go
Prior to shipment, packaging needs are checked and sample products are inspected.
World class manufacturing networks
Our head office is based in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington and our strong team of ten specialised personnel operate directly from China and around New Zealand. Our office in Yiwu is the hub for our mobile personnel working in China which places us in the unique position of always having someone on the ground in both places. We deliver fast and accurate communication and engagement.
Our team is supported by networks of quality assessed factories and specialists meaning we have the know-how and partnerships to deliver world class products and profit to our clients.
Partner With Linkeight
We take the heat, you make the gains. Our business and support systems manage the risk of dealing with global manufacturers.
When partnering with Linkeight you can have the confidence your business will receive professional service standards, product quality and at the best price.
Strategic Sourcing Specialist
Logistics & Production
We were a small startup with little experience and a lack of resources, so the partnership with Linkeight was critical.
They even accompanied us on a trip to China and facilitated introductions to their network of manufacturing partners, which we could not have done by ourselves.
Linkeight is a great asset for any company trying to bring a product to market.
We have been purchasing several components from Linkeight for some time now.
For example, Solar Panels, Charge controllers, LED work lights and warning beacons along with a multitude of other machined, cast, pressed components custom made for our application.
We require cost effective quality products consistently delivered on time and Jeremy at Linkeight has certainly ticked all of these boxes.
This involved numerous factory visits and meetings in Shanghai over a five day visit. Realistically, with Linkeight’s involvement Scanpower was able to achieve significantly more that we would have been able to without it.
Strategic Sourcing Tool kit
What is Contract Manufacturing?
RFP for Free
Your team can’t do everything internally, and when your business needs to source a product or service from elsewhere, you might need to shop around.
Our free Request For Proposal (RFP) template allows you to collect offers from various vendors and select the vendor that best meets your needs, both in skill and budget.
Free Insiders Guide to Supply Partner
How do you increase sales, increase your market penetration, and increase your competitiveness?
Building on over 40 years of manufacturing experience throughout China and around the world, we have developed an “Insiders Guide” to make it easy for you to select the best manufacturing partner for you.
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Receive the Insiders Guide to Selecting a Strategic Supply Partner, along with several case studies of how Linkeight has increased competitiveness.