Managing The Risks Of Manufacturing In China

Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Heightened Media and Public Attention to Quality and Safety Lapses of Products Manufactured in China …
Can Your Products Withstand Increased Scrutiny?

Recent high-profile recalls of products made in China have placed a spotlight on the issues of quality and safety of goods coming out of China . Now more than ever, companies need to ensure that their products meet quality and safety standards to avoid becoming the next headline-making news story. Not only are companies who deal with Chinese products more vulnerable to liability lawsuits and lost revenue, they must also contend with damage to corporate and brand images, which can have devastating consequences. While manufacturing in China and/or using Chinese components in products presents myriad risks, there are ways to manage those risks and mitigate damages.

ACI's publication from Managing the Risks of Manufacturing in China provides strategies and best practices for ensuring quality, safety and brand integrity when dealing with Chinese made goods. The faculty features top business and legal professionals who will provide you with practical information on how to continue manufacturing in China while minimizing potential risks . Highlights include:

  • Designing an agreement with Chinese suppliers that is enforceable in China
  • Evaluating the full spectrum of risk and seeking suppliers accordingly
  • Segregating and quantifying products to easily dissect the product line in the event of a defect or safety issue
  • Implementing internal quality assurance controls that can withstand the scrutiny of media attention or litigation
  • Ensuring Chinese suppliers are complying with their commitments
  • Determining what type of insurance is available and what specific policy exclusions might apply
  • Moving quickly and effectively to remove defective products from the market
  • Dealing with the potentially negative publicity of a recall
  • Pursuing litigation against a Chinese manufacturer in China

Contents & Contributors

About

Heightened Media and Public Attention to Quality and Safety Lapses of Products Manufactured in China …
Can Your Products Withstand Increased Scrutiny?

Recent high-profile recalls of products made in China have placed a spotlight on the issues of quality and safety of goods coming out of China . Now more than ever, companies need to ensure that their products meet quality and safety standards to avoid becoming the next headline-making news story. Not only are companies who deal with Chinese products more vulnerable to liability lawsuits and lost revenue, they must also contend with damage to corporate and brand images, which can have devastating consequences. While manufacturing in China and/or using Chinese components in products presents myriad risks, there are ways to manage those risks and mitigate damages.

ACI's publication from Managing the Risks of Manufacturing in China provides strategies and best practices for ensuring quality, safety and brand integrity when dealing with Chinese made goods. The faculty features top business and legal professionals who will provide you with practical information on how to continue manufacturing in China while minimizing potential risks . Highlights include:

  • Designing an agreement with Chinese suppliers that is enforceable in China
  • Evaluating the full spectrum of risk and seeking suppliers accordingly
  • Segregating and quantifying products to easily dissect the product line in the event of a defect or safety issue
  • Implementing internal quality assurance controls that can withstand the scrutiny of media attention or litigation
  • Ensuring Chinese suppliers are complying with their commitments
  • Determining what type of insurance is available and what specific policy exclusions might apply
  • Moving quickly and effectively to remove defective products from the market
  • Dealing with the potentially negative publicity of a recall
  • Pursuing litigation against a Chinese manufacturer in China

Contents & Contributors

PRODUCT SAFETY: MAPPING THE DEVELOPING CHINESE REGULATORY AND LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TO ENSURE QUALITY AND SAFETY
Audrey Chen, Jun He Law Offices (Beijing, China)

PRODUCT SAFETY: MAPPING THE DEVELOPING CHINESE REGULATORY AND LEGAL ENVIRONMENT TO ENSURE QUALITY AND SAFETY
Alice Young, Asia Pacific Practice, Kaye Scholer LLP (New York, NY)

REDUCING THE RISKS OF OUTSOURCING IN CHINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES – CONTRACTS AND BEYOND
Andrew C. Spacone, Textron Inc. (Providence, RI)

FINDING REPUTABLE AND RELIABLE SUPPLIERS: CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE DUE DILIGENCE ON MANUFACTURERS AND SUB-CONTRACTORS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Tom Bohan, The Home Depot (Atlanta, GA)
Bob Tellier, True Value Company (Chicago, IL)

MANAGING RISKS OF MANUFACTURING IN CHINA
Ricardo Pineda, Plantronics Inc. (Santa Cruz, CA)

TRACKING, ADDRESSING AND PREVENTING PRODUCT PROBLEMS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Dr. Roger L. McCarthy, P.E., Exponent, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)

BEST PRACTICES FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE IN CONSUMER PRODUCTS IN ASIA
Paul J. Brogan, Burger King Corporation

ALIEN TORT STATUTE
Konrad Cailteux, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (New York, NY)

PREVENTING IP THEFT AND EFFECTIVE ANTI-COUNTERFEITING STRATEGIES
Lucas G. Paglia, American Eagle Outfitters (Warrendale, PA)

EFFECTIVELY PREVENTING & COMBATING COUNTERFEITING
Steven Cooper, Reed Smith (New York, NY)

AVOIDING QUALITY ASSURANCE BREAKDOWNS AND CONDUCTING A SWIFT AND EFFECTIVE RECALL
Neil A. Goldberg, Goldberg Segalla LLP (Buffalo, NY)

MANAGING MEDIA PERCEPTION IN THE WAKE OF A PRODUCT SAFETY CRISIS
Arvin Maskin, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (New York, NY)

CHINA LITIGATION CHALLENGES: ARBITRATION, SERVICE OF PROCESS AND DISCOVERY
Daniel P. Harris, Harris & Moure, PLLC (Seattle, WA)
(Co-Author of the China Law Blog)

ANTICIPATING LITIGATION CHALLENGES AND PURSUING A CHINESE SUPPLIER IN THE EVENT LITIGATION OCCURS
Michael Lyle, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Washington, DC)

UNITED STATES PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION OVER CHINA PRODUCT RECALLS
Richard Oetheimer, Goodwin Procter LLP (Boston, MA)

THE REALITY OF DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA
Alice Young, Kaye Scholer LLP (New York, NY)

CASE STUDY: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE PET FOODS RECALLS
John J. McDonough, Cozen O’Connor (New York, NY)



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