Wednesday, July 9, 2008

BREAKING NEWS


"Breaking news," as they say on TV, describes this week. Steiff, the famous German firm that has made stuffed bears since 1902, moved about 20 percent of its production to China five years ago. Now all manufacturing will return to Germany and to factories in Portugal and Tunisia. The company will have better quality control and fewer shipping delays, according to the Financial Times. Steiff toys made in China were sold at lower prices. Now the company plans to return to higher-priced, top-quality products like those made years ago. "For children, only the best is good enough," says Steiff's chief exec.

6 comments:

Good-Grace said...

Glorious!!! Let this become the new trend. Quality vs quantity. Thanks for reporting this!! :)

cathy said...

Personally, I've not been comfortable with buying items made in China for some time... especially childrens toys. Perhaps this was a problem for others and Steif was feeling the loss of sales?

Anonymous said...

Quality-NOT Quantity!!

Gary said...

It is great to hear of a company moving back out of China rather than in to China. Hopefully some others will follow and maybe we can again see the results of workers that care if our Children have safe toys to play with.

Judy Sikorski said...

We have this very Steiff Bear that is featured here but alas, his original eyes are missing. This was my husband's bear and I am looking to have it restored as a surprise for Christmas. "Steiff" toys have always been high quality and I think a 70+ year old bear is proof of that. Maybe paying more for a product is an indication of it's quality. It's fine by me!

Anonymous said...

I also found many items in the pet department (including treats) imported from China! I am spreading the word as I LOVE my animals.