Sourcing Expertise

The rate of globalization along with recent developments due to COVID-19 have complicated international sourcing, procurement and product development projects. To decide on right market to manufacture your OEM products, parts and components and to find a supplier that meets your exact requirements is no longer a straightforward exercise. Sourcing from countries such as China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, India or other developing countries is time- and resource-intensive activity that not every business can afford to complete on its own.

This is where EDS International steps in to make the process easier and be your eyes and ears on the ground in key developing markets. We have been a China sourcing and procurement agent for over 36 years. We originally focused on China back in the 1980’s and have gradually expanded our expertise into other developing countries around the world and are keenly aware of how important a China +1 Strategy has become for most businesses. We have continued to develop and grow our China product sourcing team and now have a networking of international sourcing engineering specialists and office in other developing countries in Asia and beyond. We work locally for you to find a supplier and procurement solution that best suits your needs while reducing production costs and proactively managing quality control risks.

Our Network


EDS International provides bespoke sourcing and procurement services in the following locations:


EDS Sourcing Differentiators

If your goal is to find a global sourcing partner with on the ground presence and expertise in China and South East Asia, look no further. We have a proven methodology that can be tailored to your specific sourcing needs, whether your products and parts are likely to come from China or other Asian countries (e.g. Vietnam, Thailand and India).

The first step is to understand your core requirements so that location, production and import decisions can be made in a straightforward manner. We can assess your potential or new suppliers on-site and provide detailed reports on their:

  • General operations
  • Quality systems
  • Qualifications
  • Capabilities

If required, EDS also acts as a procurement outsourcing service provider in China or elsewhere in South and Southeast Asia. This entails locating and managing your entire supplier base.

We assess supplier performance and proactively solve issues in a timely and cost-effective manner. EDS International sourcing specialists will document existing issues and requirements, audit the supplier’s facility, analyze their operating conditions, create a corrective action report and even guide the supplier through to successful completion of these actions where required. We pride ourselves on making the design, development and import of goods from Asia as transparent as possible for our clients.

At EDS, we do not prescribe to ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach but rather determine hand in hand the correct strategic procurement strategy for each of our clients. Together we choose the right market through analyzing products and material, country capacity and raw material origin. Our goal is to find the right suppliers and then meticulously manage them through a continuous improve process and re-evaluate the purchasing strategy on a period basis.

China PLUS ONE Strategy

As a result of our global coverage, one of the most popular strategies our client pursue is a China PLUS ONE Sourcing Strategy. This strategy is not new but has become much more important in recent months due to tariffs, global political challenges and COVID-19. Its key lies in conducting a multi-country vendor search to find other competitive markets that meet your quality and production requirements either as an alternative or backup to China.

Our role is to facilitate this process and ensure your parts and products are produced at a competitive rate and with an appropriate level of quality assurance. We work together with you to find the right supplier in the right country and then structure the relationship to ensure the best possible relationship stability and product quality in your China PLUS ONE supply chain.

Supply Chain Diversification

Next to China, our sourcing specialists can also find your ideal supplier in Malaysia, Indonesia, IndiaThailandVietnamTaiwanUSA and Mexico. Considering the current uncertain climate of trade between China and the US, associated tariffs and the effects of COVID-19 on the global supply chain and China in particular, supply chain diversification has never been more critical.

EDS International is well equipped and experienced to guide clients through this process and propose competitive yet high quality alternatives for an existing Chinese supplier base. Importing goods from countries other than China can reduce risk and costs and prepare your organization for the global challenges that may lie ahead in today’s dynamic trade environment. Contact us for more information or to discuss your supply chain diversification ideas.


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