Karthik Mohan, MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (2019)
No, 'Made in China' products are not inferior in Quality. China is known as the ‘factory of the world'. When in the 1980s, Comm-nist China was busy becoming the manufacturing hub of the world, socialist India was busy perfecting the 'Licence Raj'.
The 'Made in China' tag fell into disrepute in India because China perfected manufacturing so well that its factories are able to manufacture products of the highest quality to the absolute worst. And the perception that all Chinese goods are bad is because of the latter.
The best electronic products are Made in China. Foxconn(Hon Hai Precision Technology Group), for example, is the largest contract electronics manufacturer in the world, and makes iPhones for Apple, PlayStation for SONY, Xbox One for Microsoft, Galaxy phones for Samsung, Kindle for Amazon. Most of Foxconn's factories are based out of China.
Now, many low quality products are imported from China into India. But it is not China's fault. These products are manufactured in China on procurement orders from Indian firms. India is a cost-sensitive market, and to reduce manufacturing costs, quality is compromised many times. Customers then expect cheap Chinese products to last a lifetime. It simply is an unreasonable expectation. You get what you pay for. iPhones that are made in China are expensive and are one of the most reliable devices on the planet.
Coming to India, it completely missed the manufacturing bus and is still trying to play catch-up. The Indian go nment's Make in India plan doesn't seem to be working that well due to no fault of theirs. The problem goes back to 1947. Indian leaders were so seduced by the concept of 'all-foreign-goods-are-evil' that they followed a purely inward looking manufacturing policy. India never planned or dreamt of manufacturing for the rest of the world. As pointed out by a young Manmohan Singh in 1963, one of the biggest flaws of Nehruvian Economics was that it didn't have space for an 'export policy'. Without external competition, Indian companies became lethargic and quality diminished; the effects of which are still visible today. Indian manufacturing lags behind China by a million miles. China is a preferred manufacturing destination because labour is cheap, regulation is lax, material procurement is easy and the go nment actively backs 'quantity-production'.
But, if you take a well-designed 'Made In India' woollen cardigan and compare it with an intentionally poorly manufactured Chinese one, it may seem that 'Made in India' tag is better. Whom are we kidding?
India scores better than China in many aspects, IT for example, but high-quality manufacturing is not one of them.
Paul Gobat, product design, concept through production
India has good stuff and bad stuff, just like China, just like the U.S., just like anyplace.
I source 2 (relatively) identical bicycles- one from India and one from China (don't ask how this happened). The Chinese model has a landed cost of around $71 each in FCL quantities while the Indian model has a landed cost of around $54 in the same volume.
Both bikes use parts sourced from their respective countries (except for the rear hub which is made in India) and also pass all of the required safety tests. The India-made bike has much more variance in quality but for the customer this variance is OK while my customer for the Chinese bike would never accept it even with such a drastic difference in price.
Sooo, when it comes to specific requirements and specific products the product manager has to weigh the situation and know their customer.
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Some times it's difficult to compare as India manufacturer are usually has assembling units where as china does most of the product within the country.
Quality Of products are based on the request of buyer. Most Indian traders prefer inferior quality Products as they want to compete in Indian market with price.
China does manufacture for the world they have all sorts of quality. Indian manufacturer are less innovative and keep doing same old style.of manufacturing.
I feel in most situations Chinese goods are more superior in quality and have good appeal making consumer buy them when compared to made in India.
Amit K. Namdeo, lived in India
It’s absolutely 100% correct that Made in India products are better in quality then particularly Made in China.
Quality of product or service is majorly depends on trust specially for high end products.
Large number of companies in china have recently grown and producing products in bulk in every fields. No one can be expert in every field. That is for china to.
To built a quality of product, it needs a trust on country as well. China is loosing public trust particularly in India.
China’s political system and expansion idea ruining it.
Though China is a economical power and entire world is depends on cheap products of China. India as well.
But when subject comes to quality products and one want to invest money for quality. I am 100% sure no one will choose China in all over world.
Sudip Paudel, Qourius to Qoure
Considering the same price of a particular product, the Chinese goods are of much better quality. However if you compare the overpriced Indian goods to low priced Chinese goods than definitely the high priced Indian goods are better. Let's take mobile phones for instance, if let's say Micromax or Lava or Karbonn of RS 10,000 compared to cheap Chinese mobiles it will be fared awesome, but if you compare it with Rs 10,000 Lenovo, Huawei or Xiaomi, the Indian counterparts are just poor pieces.
Ashutosh Deshpande, Practice Leader at TechnoServe (2014-present)
Not necessary. Chinese products aren’t flooding Indian markets just because of their prices. They are doing so because they are able to sell good quality products at a lower cost. Toys is a great example. Compare Indian toys vs Chinese toys. You will see finesse in the make even at lower costs for Chinese products, while low cost Indian toys are almost always bad in quality and break off. And I have seen this difference in multiple other products. Small electronic items - like torch lights - is another good example. we have a long way to cover when it comes to good quality and a lower price.
Debjit Banerjee, works at Hewlett-Packard
I agree with Vaibhav. China has a whole gamut of manufacturers (both good and bad) and it depends which manufacturer you choose. It is for the buyer to decide. Just like you have good electronic brands in India and you also have cheap local made brands in Delhi. All top companies, be it Apple, HP, Dell, etc. use Chinese parts. If Chinese products were only cheap and bad these companies would be using them. Hell, even the Indian cell phone manufacturers like (Micromax for example) use Chinese parts!