Guest blogger Lauren Leatherby is a first-year Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School who spent Winter Break…
Made in Myanmar
Local manufacturing makes sense
Keeping designs at low cost requires seriously efficient manufacturing, but this doesn’t mean cutting corners. Our Yangon based workshop sets a high standard for Myanmar manufacturing. With strict quality controls, tight logistics, minimal waste and an uncompromising eye on price, we can keep costs low, and quality high. Plus, by doing it here in Myanmar, we have a reduced carbon footprint, quicker delivery, and we’re investing in the local economy.
A unique workshop
Products that beat expectations
Myanmar manufacturing isn’t exactly world famous. When we started our production inside the country, the number of suppliers for specific parts was limited, quality controls were basic, and manufacturing capacity was well below the level of demand we had from our customers. To make products at a standard the poor deserve, we had to start from the beginning.
In our 22,000 sq. ft. work space, we employ a full-time staff of 30 to build, weld, paint, pack and ship our yearly orders of products and their spare parts. During peak-demand weeks, we triple this workforce, and our production capacity jumps to around 2,000 products a week. Workers are held to high standards of safety and production skill, and we run a manufacturing academy each June, during which staff are trained in both hard and soft skills related to their work. Quality control is one of the most important takeaways from this training, and ours are some of the most rigorous checks of any Myanmar production company.
The 50+ suppliers - who we contract to custom make the 200+ parts we work with - know this well, and we’ve gained quite a reputation for perfectionism.