Since June of 2017, China’s new Ministry of Environment is taking a hard stance against Chinese factories that are “heavy polluters’. In fact in the most recent round of factory audits, China’s environmental crackdown has shut tens of thousands of Chinese factories.
The effects of decades of massive manufacturing growth has taken its toll on the environment. Now China has some of the most polluted cities in the world. Air purifying equipment and anti-pollution masks sell out often. Groundwater is polluted making safe drinking water a big concern. Now the government is doing something about it.
What’s different this time is that a hard stance is being taken in making sure that factories are compliant with environmental laws. Previously when policies were passed there was little to no compliance. Many factories were unaware or unwilling to comply so they continued operating in their old polluting ways.
Now some factories are being forced to cease their production immediately and indefinitely. And if they don’t comply their power could be shut off leaving them in the dark.
- Dying, Painting, and Printing processes
If your factory has not been affected (yet) then now is the time to check with them to ask if they will be affected. Note that even if your factories themselves have been audited and approved for production, their component subcontractors may not be so lucky. If their component suppliers get shutdown then your factory will not be able to follow the normal production process and your product may get delayed as they are left scrambling to find a replacement. This makes it more difficult to predict delivery lead times as these external factors may be out of their direct control.
From late 2017 till now, it might have lots of orders shipments delayed, or supplier’s factories closed down with order unfinished, it’s a big problem and quite headache if deal directly with the manufactures.