Archive for June, 2008

International Scene – Imports

June 27, 2008

Today we got another call from a manufacturer (I’ll call them Company 2) who has been importing containers of glass from China and is now looking for a U.S. supplier. He told me that the containers are arriving with damaged glass. A few months ago a company representative (I’ll call them Company 1) called me looking for a North American company to make products. He told me the products he was buying from China – and China has been his company’s main supplier! – are not meeting quality standards for his market.

When I got the call from Company 1, I told him that some of the U.S. companies that could have made glass for him went out of business several years ago, when he started the new line that he was buying from overseas. Company 2 buys a type of glass where there are still a number of North American suppliers.

What has been your experience buying glass from overseas?