Phone Accessory & Part Manufacturers in China – A Complete Guide

 

Smartphone accessories and OEM parts

 

In this product guide, we explain what you must know about importing mobile phone and tablet accessories and replacement parts. Keep reading, and learn more about China’s electronics and phone accessory manufacturing centers, product developing and branding. In addition, you can also learn more about European Union and US regulations, applicable to different types of phone accessories and parts.

Primary Smartphone Parts & Accessory Manufacturing Clusters

Few people in the world realize how concentrated the electronics industry actually is. Many are aware that most consumer electronics are assembled in China, but ‘Made in Guangdong province’ would be a fairer description. China’s electronics industry is highly concentrated in the southern pearl river delta. Below follows an overview of the most important industrial clusters for Smartphone Parts and Accessories Manufacturers in Guangdong:

City Main Products
Shenzhen
  • Replacement screens & digitizers
  • Power Banks
  • Batteries
  • Adapters
  • Smart devices
  • Earphones and headphones
  • Running armbands
  • Bluetooth devices
  • Selfie sticks
Dongguan
  • Silicon and TPU cases
  • Neoprene armbands
  • Wires and cables
Guangzhou
  • Leather cases
  • Replacement screens & digitizers
  • Batteries

The industry is crowded with everything from small online traders to high end contract manufacturers, including Foxconn. While small traders can often offer a very wide range of phone accessories and parts, they are rarely reliable long term partners. Most such trading companies, which I believe make up the majority of supplier listing on most B2B directories, trade goods primarily manufactured for the domestic Chinese market.

Such products are almost never made in compliance with overseas electrical safety standards, substance restrictions and labelling requirements, including those US, Australia and EU. Importing phone cases containing excessive amounts of lead, or hazardous phone chargers, is obviously illegal and may result in serious fines. As such, importers in most developed countries must make sure that they are dealing with ‘real’ manufacturers, able to show compliance.

For natural reasons, manufacturers specialize in certain product categories. In addition, the quantity requirements may also range between 500 to 1000 pcs per SKU. That being said, many phone accessory and part suppliers can offer slightly lower MOQ requirements, starting from only 50 to 100 pcs per SKU.

Product Development

The most challenging aspect of launching new products is to first identify a suitable manufacturer, and then to turn a technical specification into a prototype ready for mass production. Below follows guidance on how you should approach the latter:

Option A: OEM Parts & Accessories

Developing a new, custom designed, OEM product requires additional tooling, including injection molds. Electrical phone accessories, such as Bluetooth devices, also require custom designed PCB cards and component breakdowns. Realizing even the simplest OEM design can prove challenging, as Chinese manufacturers generally never offer extensive product development services.

They consider themselves as for what they are, simply makers, while the specifications must be provided by the buyer. That’s also fair, as it’s the importer that reaps the benefits of a successful launch. If you decide to develop an OEM design, you must prepare the following:

  • CAD files (casing)
  • PCB Design Drawings
  • Component Lists
  • Material Specifications
  • Source Code
  • Print files (.ai format)

Option B: ODM Parts & Accessories

A faster method to launch new products is by branding an existing ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) product. Essentially, you can customize basic design elements, such as colors and materials, and have your logo printed on a product designed by the manufacturer, rather than investing months and thousands of dollars into developing a new product from scratch.

Regulations in the United States and the European Union

While no regulations apply specifically to “phone parts and accessories” as a product category, there are various regulations applicable to different products classified as such. Below follows an overview of the regulations that phone accessory importers must be aware of:

Market Regulation Description Applies to
US FCC Part 15 (Intentional Radiators)
An intentional radiator is a device that is intended to emit radio energy. This scope includes any WiFi and Bluetooth Enabled device.
1. Radio enabled
2. WiFi enabled
3. Bluetooth enabled
4. Broadcast equipment
US FCC Part 15 (Unintentional Radiators)
An unintentional radiator is, in 47 CFR 15.3, defined as any electrical device “operating at over 9000 pulses per second (9 kHz) and using digital techniques”. This definition includes most consumer electronics containing a chip, such as USB enabled devices, even if not equipped with a WiFi or Bluetooth transmitter.
Devices operating at over 9000 pulses per second (9 kHz) and using digital techniques
US CA Prop 65
California Proposition 65 regulates more than 800 substances in most consumer goods. While CA Prop 65 only applies in California, you must ensure compliance if you are either based on, or selling to consumer in, the state.
1. Phone cases
2. Earphones
3. Handheld devices
4. Screens
5. Other mobile devices
EU R&TTE
The R&TTE directive is applicable to radio and telecommunication equipment. The scope of regulations includes both final products and individual components. Therefore, products with radio, WiFi and Bluetooth transmitters and receivers are required to comply.
1. Radio enabled
2. WiFi enabled
3. Bluetooth enabled
4. Broadcast equipment
EU RoHS
The RoHS directive restricts the amounts of certain substances in electronics, including lead, cadmium and mercury.
Electronic components and solder
EU EMC
The EMC Directive is applicable to fixed electronic appliances. The purpose is to ensure that electrical equipment don’t interfere with other electronics, and signals, in its proximity.
1. Phone chargers
2. Docking stations
EU LVD
The LVD applies to electronics, and components, with an input, or output, ranging between 50 to 1000 volts AC, and 75 to 1500 volts DC.
1. Phone chargers
2. Docking stations
EU REACH
REACH regulates substances, including lead and cadmium, in all products sold in the EU.
1. Phone cases
2. Earphones
3. Handheld devices
4. Screens
5. Other mobile devices

 

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