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About Us

Manufacturing

About Us

Manufacturing

About us

Manufacturing

To bring our products alive, we work with carefully selected suppliers in China that we are constantly foster to meet our high standards. A crucial criterion in the selection of those long-term partners is the willingness and ability to develop with us as a brand in order to meet the requirements of tomorrow. Our knowledge comes from over 18 years of manufacturing the highest quality products and during this time we have relentlessly strived for progression. This is visible throughout Ucon Acrobatics, from our experienced craftsmanship to perfection in manufacturing.


The basis for cooperation with our suppliers and production companies is the establishment of stable, long-term partnerships. This is where we work. Over many years of cooperation, a high level of ecological and processing know-how has been built up. Ability and quality are more important than the best price. And that also means that we stay with our proven partners when it comes to offers of the same quality and at similar prices. Our suppliers supply us with the finished products and invoice them; they are our direct business partners. All Ucon Acrobatics goods are produced in China. This is currently the ideal location for our broad product range with its multitude of different materials. Our main manufacturing facility is in Quanzhou, a city specialized in the production of bags & backpacks in the Fujian province.

 

The sewing factory has around 150 employees and we work them since 2015 continiously. In 2018 we finally established our own production group only working on Ucon Acrobatics goods the full-time of the year. The factory benefits from planning stability and in return we are also able to produce smaller production runs if needed. There is another factory specialized in high-frequeny welding close by working on our waterproof backpacks. In addition to that there are a dozend suppliers for fabrics and trims.

Wages

Wages have increased considerably over the past year in China. In the province where our suppliers are located, the minimum wage in 2018 was 1,500 RMB per month (bowl with rice ~ 1 RMB). These days it is not easy for chinese factories to hire workers, therefore our factory pays in average 2.3x the minimum wage as monthly salary. The staff working for the Ucon Acrobatics working group gets payed 3x the minimum wage. Some very skilled workers even make it to 7x the minimum wage in peak seasons (including overtime surcharge).

Working time

The biggest challenge in complying with our 'Code of Conduct' (see our 'Sustainability Report' below) is excessive overtime. In China, ‘standard’ working hours tend to be up to 60 hours per week and in peak season sometimes even more. Our suppliers have made improvements and were able to reduce the overtime considerably over the past years. It continues to be a gradual and step-by-step approach, however, partly because excessive overtime is common practice in the Chinese textile industry. This means that it is not only a matter of better planning to bring working hours down, but a change in mindset and habits of factory management as well.

Production visits

We visit our partners regularly. Together with the people on site we work on individual solutions for complex questions, but also check the implementation of improvement measures. These personal visits are also essential in order to gain in-depth knowledge of the situation on site and to be able to develop meaningful solutions on this basis. Because personal contact is the basis for mutual trust, a good working relationship and awareness of good working conditions.

One of our co-founders who is responsible for production/ design is taking this very serious. He personally takes a very close look at the suppliers and production companies on his frequent production visits, which take place several times a year. In 2017 he visited our suppliers 5 times for a total duration of 68 days. In 2018 he visited our suppliers 4 times for a total duration of 52 days.

Sustainability Report

Need more information on this important topic from Ucon Acrobatics? Simply download our sustainability report. It's the first time we've summarized our progress in sustainable entrepreneurship.

Ucon Acrobatics - Sustainability Report 2019 (Pdf, english, 4.8mb)
Ucon Acrobatics - Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2019 (Pdf, german, 4.8mb)

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