As a Chinese moldmaker,I have talked about this topic with one of my American partners, yes,he found the cost in China has raised those year, while he told me that the quality and effcient has improve as well .while, anyway, it's a problem for our cooperation, then we discuss how to low the cost ,so we discuss the molds, as Chinese standard and skillful technical to build the molds is really a big discount(eg, an USD8000 mold ,in Chinese standard would be USD4000-5000),because Chinese product is always share a good reputation ,yes,we focus on the product ,the shrinkage,the surface artistic and other factors ,then we make a nearly USD20,000 deal. Which it's helpful for Chinese and USA partners .Of course, it suits the small parts and the quantity should be make sure big enough, anyway, Chinese factory should living on the products.
As to the Chinese partners ,yes,most of the American firms have parter firms in China, while as you said ,the partner cost will be increased much especially,because both of them are growing at the same time ,so the American firms will turn to the new parters,that's why they will get so many introduction emails every day. Hope this comments would help all to understanding Chinese factories and try your best to be patience to commuction with them ,then you will found you get exceed your expection.
if you are a seller, do you know what are the customer's mostly concern aspects on selecting an plastic injection molding maker in China? If you are a buyer, how do you select a reliable mold maker in China?
You have to look at the part for starters. What is it, and what are the expectations on quality and use of the finished product. Obviously you would not want to use regrind product on a class a surface, or any type of show part that is not painted or plated in some form or fashion.
Part size, and cycle time are also crucial to determining material delivery methods. I have found using different materials for tooling components will also decrease cycle times by as much as 40%. There is alot to be said with the initial mold design pertaining to cost of components, the mold build and cycle time saved. Many customers wont spent the extra revenue on the proper manifold system, heat pipes, or even AmpCo inserts. To best determine what is best for the overall performance of the mold and production of parts, you should consult a full service tooling supplier.