Quality Control Services in Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar presents a plethora of opportunities for manufacturers and investors. Newly reformed economic policies have allowed the country to receive favorable project commitments from international investors in different manufacturing industries such as wood products, textiles and apparel – which helps Myanmar establish itself as a competitive trading partner.

Although the socio-economic situation has improved and the manufacturing sector is burgeoning, companies must still consider various risks involved in investing in Myanmar as its industrial sector develops.

Pro QC maintains a strong presence in Myanmar’s quality control industry. As a third-party inspection and quality consulting company, we are committed to protecting our clients’ interests at all times. Our local team consists of professional quality engineers, advisors and consultants that deeply understand the potential liabilities and risks for new international manufacturers and buyers in this region of the world.

Whether our clients are experiencing late shipments, product quality defects, manufacturing issues that require corrective action planning or wish to audit factories against international standards, our team of experts can assist in solving these problems, often on short notice, where and when needed.

Pro QC’s range of quality services goes beyond traditional product inspection in Myanmar.

We work closely with clients to support their businesses in identifying and assessing suppliers, reducing quality risks, solving quality issues throughout the supply chain and monitoring quality improvement. Overall, Pro QC aims to improve the sourcing and purchasing experience, giving peace of mind to clients dealing with new or existing suppliers.

Our team of quality engineers brings extensive experience to the table with regard to the below sectors and product categories:

  • Softlines: textiles and apparel/garments, leather and related products
  • Food products: frozen fish, shrimp and other seafood
  • Hardlines: electrical equipment and components, jewellery, wood, processed products such hardwood and bamboo furniture, paper and cardboard, aluminum ware, marble and porcelain ware, gems, packaging materials.
  • Automotive and land machinery: agricultural machinery, mechanical parts
  • Industrial Products: steel plates, tubes, rubber goods

Local Coverage in Myanmar

  • Mawlamyine
  • Tanggyi
  • Meiktila
  • Bago State
  • Yangon
  • Mandalay
  • Tanintharyi State
  • Rakhine State

Our Quality Control Services in Myanmar


Product Inspection
Product Inspection

By performing product inspections, we can identify problems early with the goal of eliminating the underlying causes.


Factory Audits
Factory Audits

Pro QC International performs various types of factory audits.


Supplier Management
Supplier Management

At Pro QC, we also work closely with clients and their suppliers to improve their system, processes and manufacturing capabilities.

Product Inspections in Myanmar

Our product quality inspection services identify quality defects and non-conformities, ensuring that your quality requirements are not compromised at an early stage. We provide the following types of product quality inspections in Myanmar:

First Article Inspections

We can inspect first-article samples prior to mass production. We identify the defects at an early stage in order to solve related issues and to avoid replicating them at a large scale. Our inspectors verify that the engineering of the product -drawings, parts, functions and other specific requirements -conform to your specifications. This process ensures that specifications are well understood, verified and documented.

In-process Inspections

We visit the factory of your supplier while they are producing your products. We perform assessments of the manufacturing processes and quality inspections at the key steps of the production process. This inspection process allows us to detect errors that might lead to a non-conforming product before production is completed. Quality engineers verify that the manufacturing processes are reliable and consistent, and that the products coming off the production line are in accordance with your requirements.

Pre-shipment Inspections

These final product quality inspections are done on-site when the products are 100% produced in order to ensure that they meet your requirements. Pre-shipment inspections helps reduce the risk associated with receiving defective products before shipment of the goods. Our quality inspectors provide detailed feedback and images to document any non-conformity as part of our comprehensive inspection reports.

Container Loading Supervision

We verify that the containers carrying your precious goods are packed according to your requirements using industry methodology and international standards. Such cargo inspections involve supervision of the loading process, monitoring the quantity of the packed goods, checking the storage and condition of the container before and after closure and that the goods are correctly handled when loaded into the shipping containers. Major ports where we conduct container loading supervision in Burma are:

  • Yangon Port
  • Thilawa Port

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Factory Audits in Myanmar

In Myanmar, Pro QC International provides a large range of supplier audits. From supplier verification, qualification audits to quality management system audits; we can customize our audit check list to cover your exact requirements. Our team of certified auditors will offer you valuable and detailed information about your supplier’s organization, premises and operations.

Our range of audits includes:

  • ISO 13485 (Medical devices)
  • ISO 9001 (Quality Management System)
  • ISO 14001 (Environmental)
  • IATF 16949 audits
  • GMP audits
  • C-TPAT and other security audits
  • Social audits
  • Manufacturing Process audits
  • Custom audits

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Supplier Development in Myanmar

Supplier Development entails collaborating with your suppliers to improve their quality management system, processes and/or product manufacturing capabilities.

Vendor Compliance

We ensure your supplier complies with the standards set by major retailers and associations. Examples of compliance standards include Carrefour, Rewe, Walmart, BJ’s, Lowe’s, Auchan, Home Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, etc.

Continuous Improvement

We conduct regular 80/20 evaluations of QC data and develop, execute and monitor continuous improvement initiatives.

Certification Preparation

We assist to ensure compliance prior to the final audit. Applicable industry standards include IATF 16949, ISO 13485, ISO 9001, etc.

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Product Inspection Services

Our product quality inspection services identify quality defects and non-conformities, ensuring that your quality requirements are not compromised at an early stage. We provide the following types of product quality inspections in Myanmar:

First Article Inspections

We can inspect first-article samples prior to mass production. We identify the defects at an early stage in order to solve related issues and to avoid replicating them at a large scale. Our inspectors verify that the engineering of the product -drawings, parts, functions and other specific requirements -conform to your specifications. This process ensures that specifications are well understood, verified and documented.

In-process Inspections

We visit the factory of your supplier while they are producing your products. We perform assessments of the manufacturing processes and quality inspections at the key steps of the production process. This inspection process allows us to detect errors that might lead to a non-conforming product before production is completed. Quality engineers verify that the manufacturing processes are reliable and consistent, and that the products coming off the production line are in accordance with your requirements.

Pre-shipment Inspections

These final product quality inspections are done on-site when the products are 100% produced in order to ensure that they meet your requirements. Pre-shipment inspections helps reduce the risk associated with receiving defective products before shipment of the goods. Our quality inspectors provide detailed feedback and images to document any non-conformity as part of our comprehensive inspection reports.

Container Loading Supervision

We verify that the containers carrying your precious goods are packed according to your requirements using industry methodology and international standards. Such cargo inspections involve supervision of the loading process, monitoring the quantity of the packed goods, checking the storage and condition of the container before and after closure and that the goods are correctly handled when loaded into the shipping containers. Major ports where we conduct container loading supervision in Burma are:

  • Yangon Port
  • Thilawa Port

Get a quote

Factory Audits in Myanmar

In Myanmar, Pro QC International provides a large range of supplier audits. From supplier verification, qualification audits to quality management system audits; we can customize our audit check list to cover your exact requirements. Our team of certified auditors will offer you valuable and detailed information about your supplier’s organization, premises and operations.

Our range of audits includes:

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Supplier Development in Myanmar

Supplier Development entails collaborating with your suppliers to improve their quality management system, processes and/or product manufacturing capabilities.

Vendor Compliance

We ensure your supplier complies with the standards set by major retailers and associations. Examples of compliance standards include Carrefour, Rewe, Walmart, BJ’s, Lowe’s, Auchan, Home Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, etc.

Continuous Improvement

We conduct regular 80/20 evaluations of QC data and develop, execute and monitor continuous improvement initiatives.

Certification Preparation

We assist to ensure compliance prior to the final audit. Applicable industry standards include IATF 16949, ISO 13485, ISO 9001, etc.

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Quality Solutions Overview

Click on the current stage of your sourcing or product development journey below to explore our related quality solutions.

 
Development & Planning
1. Design
2. Product Development
3. Supplier Selection
4. Supplier Qualification
5. Pre-Production Validation
6. Production Planning
7. Incoming QC
8. Production and Assembly
9. Packaging
10. Shipping
Production & Delivery
Development & Planning
Production & Delivery

1. Design Stage

The product development life cycle begins with idea generation, concept development, and market testing. For example, the E-Bike handlebar is designed with the form, fit, and function in mind that best serve the market/user’s requirements and the overall aesthetics of the final bike.

Although Pro QC do not actively get involved in this stage, a postmortem investigation with many of our client often reveals the following challenges.

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

Misalignment between the buyer, supplier sales department, and factory production department on critical design requirements
Advance product quality planning was not factored in early enough
Difficulties in transitioning from a prototype supplier to a mass manufacturing supplier

2. Product Development

In this stage, the engineers will refine the design and define the engineering specifications of the handle such as material properties, dimensions, weight, and other requirements while satisfying different product and safety compliances. This is also the stage where engineering prototypes (engineering build) are made to rigorously test the form, fit, and function of the product.

Pro QC’s Quality Solutions:

First Article Inspection (FAI)
Supplier Development Services
Resident Supplier Quality Resourcing

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

Poor communication of the technical details between buyer and factories
Misalignment on the new product’s specifications
Misalignment on design/engineering revisions
Supplier’s production capability is unable to meet the design requirement

3. Identify Potential Suppliers

Once the component specifications are defined, the procurement department will begin to identify a list of suitable suppliers that can potentially meet their requirements in terms of capabilities, cost, capacity, and quality.

Pro QC’s Quality Solutions:

Onsite Supplier Verification
Financial Credit Check

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

Lack of experience and due diligence in new supplier region
Communication challenges
Concern about supplier scams
Low confidence supplier’s trustworthiness
Concerns over supplier’s financial viability

4. Supplier Qualification

Once a list of trustworthy suppliers has been identified, an evaluation of supplier reliability is recommended to ensure they can produce at a consistent level of quality. A world-class organization usually has a comprehensive supplier qualification program to identify and mitigate the risks associated with quality, safety, on-time delivery, cost, and compliance.

Pro QC’s Quality Solutions:

Global Supplier Audit Programs
Supplier Quality Audit for Potential Suppliers
Quality Management System Audit
Social & Ethical Audits
Supply Chain Security Audit
Environmental Audit

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

Suppliers are not as capable as they initially claimed
Supplier lacks effective and systematic quality assurance practice
Supplier is ISO 9001 certified, but the underlying principles are not implemented in practice
Mass production quality does not match prototype quality
Buyers want to sell to big retailers, but their suppliers do not yet comply with the retailer’s supplier code of conduct
Supplier violation on labor law, ethical and environmental compliances
Goods held in customs due to supply chain security malpractice

5. Pre-Production Validation

Before commencing volume production, it is crucial to validate the factory’s equipment, staffing, production methods, capacity, and quality control plan for each product line. This is an important stage to prevent critical failures, costly mistakes, and loss of time due to changes and rework.

Pro QC’s Quality Solutions:

Engineering Build (EB) and Quality Build (QB) Audit
First Article Inspection (FAI)
APQP/PPAP Audit
Manufacturing Process Audit or VDA 6.3 Process Audit

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

Factory not ready for mass production
Shipment delays due to critical failure, poor quality, and resource constraints
An exponential increase in defective products
Product recall
High Cost of Poor Quality
An exponential increase in the cost of change after mass production commences

6. Production Planning

Production planning is an administrative process that involves ensuring that sufficient raw materials, components, staff, and other outsourced processes such as secondary processing are procured to create finished products according to the specified schedule.

Pro QC’s Quality Solutions:

Order Expediting

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

Production delay due to poor material procurement planning
Production delay due to inadequate production staffing
Poor sub-supplier management

7. Incoming Quality Control

Incoming quality control is required when all the procured material and components arrive at the factory. This is the first step in controlling the production process and resulting product quality. Understanding how a factory manages its incoming material and its supply chain is a very good indication of its commitment to quality. (The saying goes: Garbage in, garbage out.)

Pro QC’s Quality Solutions:

Incoming Inspection
In-Process Inspection
Manufacturing Process Audit or VDA 6.3 Process Audit

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

The factory does not manage the quality of its supply chain or is poor at supplier management
Suppliers turn a blind eye to defective components during incoming and still use them for production and assembly
Using sub-standard material or components (e.g., lower-quality fabric than required)
Substituting lower-cost alternatives for product components (e.g., cheaper electronic components in a mobile phone)
“Quality fade” where suppliers make small, gradual substitutions in materials and components over time
Bulk material ordered by the supplier degrades over time due to poor storage conditions

8. Production & Assembly

Upon approval for volume production, raw materials and components are processed, extruded, forged, cast, injected, machined, and assembled. It is important to note that a factory may not have all the production capabilities and may outsource certain processes to other suppliers.

Pro QC’s Quality Solutions:

First Article Inspection (FAI)
In-Process Inspection
Manufacturing Process Improvement
Quality/Root Cause Investigation (8D)
CAPA Verification
Order Expediting & Production Monitoring
End-Of-Line Testing & inspection

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

Operators are not producing according to the production control plan
Supplier is under pressure to ship goods, turning a blind eye to defective components
Lack of quality staff to enforce quality control
Poor control of re-worked material/product
Mistakes made by temporary, untrained staff/operators
Communication breakdown when the supplier is under pressure

9. Packaging

Packaging and labeling of the goods are the last steps before shipping. The smallest aesthetic defect on the packaging or missing components often leads to customer returns, and a misplaced label often leads to compliance issues.

Pro QC’s Quality Solutions:

Manufacturing Process Audit
Poka-Yoke Implementation
Pre-Shipment Inspection
End-Of-Line Testing & inspection

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

Products are poorly packaged
Human mistakes and missing components lead to customer returns
Wrong labeling leads to compliance issues and significant re-work

10. Shipping

Packaged products are being loaded by suppliers at the factory or warehouse into containers and shipped to their final destination.

Pro QC’s Quality Solutions:

Container Loading Supervision
C-TPAT Audit

Supplier Risks & Challenges:

Rough handling of goods during container loading by the factory or outsourced warehouse, leading to damaged product
Poor container loading leads to product damage during transit

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