The Linkeight Story
Linkeight is a wholly owned New Zealand company helping manufacturers compete globally through Strategic Sourcing.
Strategic sourcing means that we cover the contract manufacturing, the logistics and you pay in your currency.
We utilise developed Chinese technologies and production services to dramatically reduce costs while successfully managing the risks associated with global manufacturing.
Founded in 2009 on over 40 years of manufacturing experience throughout China and around the world, we also bring 25 years of experience on the ground in China.
We specialise in mitigating the risks associated with the legal, cultural and logistical complications that inevitably arise, causing businesses to stumble. We are here to ensure companies are not seriously jeopardised nor experience months of recovery when a manufacturing or sourcing decision with China is unsuccessful.
Linkeight offers world class manufacturing networks for strategic sourcing.
Our head office is based in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington and our strong team of ten specialised personnel operated 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 associated networks of quality assessed factories and specialists making us highly knowledgeable and our partnerships with clients mutually beneficial.
The Linkeight Story
My career began as a toolmaker, 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 lead to closure to many long-standing manufacturing engineering companies in New Zealand.
The closure of the Southwards Automotive factory was imminent. I took leave and brought a oneway ticket to China. I wanted to save our factory, and understand as a significant New Zealand contract manufacture 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.
This was the catalyst for forming our own company, Linkeight.
Linkeight specialises in linking production engineering companies with Chinese factories, that offer skill sets to complement their own — enabling them to compete globally.
We spend the time with you upfront so we clearly understand your product requirements. For contract manufacturing, this is a critical part of our process and allows us to employ end-to-end process management to monitor the production process in detail through effective quality controls.
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
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
To identify problems or risks early Enveloping the four step approval process is our customised and intensive production monitory system. Unnecessary delays, cost overruns or miscommunications are avoided.
A New Zealand engineer evaluates all manufacturing processes and control systems for each factory. We carefully assess factory capabilities and management systems, production processes and policies, quality control systems, record keeping and social compliance
IN-PROCESS AND FINAL INSPECTIONS
Regular factory visits ensures adherence to specifications. Quality assurance is achieved through pre-production, first article, in-process and final product inspections.
Prior to shipment, packaging specifications are checked and sample product is inspected.
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?
Production of goods by one firm, under the label or brand of another firm. Contract manufacturers provide such service to several firms based on their own or the customers’ designs, formulas, and/or specifications.
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