Nick Cunningham, President, China2West

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*Learn about manufacturing your invention overseas*
After retiring in the rank of Major in 2003, he joined a group of entrepreneurs seeking to invest in the exciting growth market of China. In 2004 he settled permanently in China and saw the opportunity to create a product development company in China utilizing the advantages of low cost local skills and location (ie close to the factories) whilst maintaining western standards of communication and quality. Nick began running China 2 West out of a spare bedroom with one part time translator. As of 2011, China 2 West has ownership in 5 other companies ranging from a kiteboard brand to healthcare and even a bar. The China 2 West Group employs around 50 people worldwide with sales offices in the UK and the US.
2 key teams within China 2 West are responsible for taking an invention concept and turning it into a reality. The first is the product development team, headed by a British industrial designer, and staffed by talented Chinese and western designers who are responsible for turning concepts into a manufacturable product with 3d drawings, bill of materials and techspecs. The second is the engineering team that is responsible for finding the right factories and managing each project from tooling through mass production to final delivery.