But there is more to manufacturing plush toys than many would assume, so in this blog we will discuss the issues and requirements of manufacturing plush toys in China.
Testing Requirements for Manufacturing Plush Toys:
Many countries have laws in place to define what constitutes a toy, outline technical documentation requirements, establish production control and more. Along with this there are chemical requirements for toys, which include restrictions on toxic elements, certain fragrances and use of CMR chemicals.
For European Customers there is the EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC., and there is the EN 71-3 Chemical Testing Solution to address these chemical requirements. Every design will need to have an EN 71-3 test, with these tests being approx. US$ 500 / design. The cost of this testing needs to be factored into any manufacturing plush toys you wish to make.
Complexity of Design for Manufacturing Plush Toys:
Firstly, sketching and designing a plush toy is much easier than actually 3D imaging and eventually manufacturing plush toys. We will use the example of the most recent mascot for the Chinese New Year, celebrating Year of the Monkey .
The mascot for CNY, was loved by Netizens when sketches first appeared but once the 3D design was finalized and published, opinion on KangKang dramatically shifted from Cute to Ugly.
How does this affect you? If your designs are complex, then factory workers may have a difficult time interpreting them and making them into the attractive toy you are expecting. We frequently see clients place orders for sampling, only to have to redo these many times. Understandably, if we are having to redo samples this will lead to very long production lead times.
Material Choice for Manufacturing Plush Toys:
Choosing your material is extremely important when deciding on your plush toy, different qualities of materials will lead to different pricing. As we have discussed in our blogs before on How to make promotional plush toys in China! with more detail and more requirements for your plush toy, so too will the difficulty of achieving this become more of an issue. Along with this, the manufacturing plush toys process involves part machine part human labour, with increased amount of sewing by hand, so too will the costs become expensive.
Hope you have found this blog helpful, at ODM we have been making plush toys for many years so want to make sure that you understand the costs and requirements that manufacturing plush toys brings. If you’d like to find out more about Plush Manufacture or Manufacturing in China please follow the links below:
- How to make promotional plush toys in China!
- China Factory Visit – Buyer Diary #12 Plush Toys Manufacture