889 Global Solutions Blog

The Iron Industry in China – Not a New Development

Many people think that the development and expansion of iron and steel manufacturing in China is a relatively recent phenomenon, but in fact it has been in place since the Song Dynasty, from 960 to 1279 CE. In fact, the technology for the production of iron in China was hundreds of years in advance of Europe. According to research from Columbia University, during Song times, heavy industry — especially...

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 09:15


The Chicago city skyline. Throngs of people, from oil-stained mechanics to dapper Honda executives. The smell of oil grease. The sound of oversized machines cutting endlessly into chunks of aluminum and steel. Overpriced and underwhelming cafeteria food. For those who have attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show, the world’s largest manufacturing trade show, these are a few of the images that spring to the senses. 889’s team was happy to attend IMTS 2016 (...

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 09:14


When I first stepped into the 889 Global Solutions office at 9:00 AM on an early May morning, I wasn’t so sure what the coming summer had in store for me. In fact, I didn’t have the first clue about contract manufacturing, and looking back, I’m surprised I wasn’t more nervous about that. I figured I would learn the basics, but I was truly unaware of how I’d be able to make a positive difference for the company.

Although I didn’t have many...

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 16:20


Last week, members of the 889 Global Solutions team headed to downtown Columbus for the 2016 iteration of the popular BioOhio trade show. It was a full day of networking, learning about the latest news and trends in the bioscience industry, and even included a special presentation by 889 Global Solutions itself.

BioOhio is a non-profit membership organization, founded in 1987, “focused on accelerating bioscience discovery, innovation, education, research and...

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 16:01


China’s economic explosion and manufacturing boom over the past half-century has cemented the country as a topic of conversation for economists, businesspeople, and even citizens across the world. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise; ever since economic policies allowed China’s economy to open up to world trade, China’s grasp on the world economy is becoming increasingly tight.

However, detractors of the Chinese economy have grown progressively...

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 15:34


Throughout history, China has existed as a valuable commercial hub for international businesses making the most of the country’s advantageous economy. For thousands of years, foreign merchants have made their way east to reap the benefits of Chinese trade, and in order for these merchants to have the personal relationships required to do business, they’ve had to obey the country’s deeply-rooted social customs. And although modern business has grown to become more...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 13:49


When we imagine mass production taking place in large, industrial factories, we tend to gravitate towards thinking about the more brutish process; the insane temperatures involved with molding metals gathered from deep within the earth, or the relentless pressures required to bend hardened steel. Sometimes, the more subtle processes get overlooked. The manufacturing procedures that utilize innovative techniques can routinely be the most interesting.

Take plastic manufacturing, for...

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 13:17


For the last 30 years, it has grown customary to hear about the Chinese economy, its size, and its stranglehold on the global marketplace. In more recent years, however, a separate narrative has been told alongside any mention of the Chinese economy: that it is on the road to disaster. But although China is experiencing some growing pains, it is apparent that the country is slowly assuming a new economic identity.

China first assumed its role as an economic goliath through the...

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 09:03


To the shock - and overall dismay - of world observers in many industries, but particularly finance and trade, the UK voted yesterday to leave the European Union. The difference in votes is reported to be a bit more than 1 million; in an election where nearly 40 million people voted that is staggeringly close. The UK is embarking on a new journey and its leaders will have to decide how to proceed from now on. Now independent from the European Union and as uncertain as Britain’s...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 10:15


As we slowly settle into the modernized global supply-chain era, companies are increasingly relying on international suppliers to provide key component parts for their products. However, accuracy in such a globalized production process is growing progressively more difficult, making it critical that US based companies monitor and regulate their supply chains in a manner that minimizes risk wherever possible.

This task can prove to be extremely difficult. When a company decides it...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 16:01


  • 889 takes title/ownership of products to remove risk from our clients.
  • Our multi-lingual team provides on-the-ground inspection and quality control in China.
  • We provide logistics management, including import/export documentation, customs brokerage and transportation from Asia to clients’ locations.
  • Clients are assigned a multi-lingual project manager, based in the U.S., who ensures goods are manufactured to their exact specifications and are delivered on time.
  • 889’s extensive contacts throughout China provide our clients with the unique ability to manage risk by working with trusted, quality manufacturers.