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Purchase Tips


The following tips could make the difference between a successful buy or a disaster when purchasing direct from Chinese flange, pipe and fitting manufacturers. China has some of the best manufacturers in the world but also some of the worst and everything in between.  Therefore, when purchasing due diligence is essential.

1.Get at least 3-5 quotations & aim to get the best price from the middle, do not ever buy from the cheapest source in China. If you do, the experience may prove costly.

2. Make sure that the manufacturer is able to meet all your required standards & certifications. Do not assume that the fact they are able to provide you with copies of these certifications mean the quality of the goods will be assured. Know your manufacturer.

3.Mill Test Certificates are important but only as good as the factory who produces them.

4.Beware of Chinese Q235 steel posing as ASTM A105. If the flanges or fittings being quoted are 15-20% cheaper than the other guys this could be the reason. Also beware of flanges and fittings being quoted as ASTM A105 Grades 1 and 2 or A and B or I and II etc… ASTM A105 has no such grades. This is also Q235 (or worse) posing as ASTM A105.There is nothing wrong with Q235 steel, it just does not meet ASTM A105 specifications.

5.Forged steel flanges, watch out for blinds made from plate being passed off as forged.

6.China has some of the best pipe manufactures in the world, but  be cautious of very cheap pipe, if the price of the pipe is lower than the cost of the material something is wrong. One practice is to sell welded pipe as seamless (fake seamless). This also occurs in Buttweld Fittings. ( Consult with us, avoid the risk).

7.It is normal practice to require a deposit of approx 30% at the time of placing the order in China. Be sure the manufacturer is reputable before sending funds.If you get an email asking you to send funds to a different bank/location, especially if that location is outside China, don’t send the funds until you check by other means with the manufacture first. You may have been hacked.Be sure to tell your manufacturer to confirm any such changes with you as well, as they also may have also been hacked.

8.Visit the factory sooner rather than later. You both must get to know each other or purchase from a third pary you know and trust who has good connections with top quality suppliers.

9.Understand that many of these products are now primarily made in China. Even if you purchase from other countries they may have started life in China as a part or unfinished product. Saying,  “don’t buy chinese”  is almost impossible and senseless. In fact, many manufacturers listed as “approved” on vendors list’s don’t really exist anymore today in their present form and many European, Japanese Korean and North American suppliers now all manufacture their goods in China. It’s not the Country of origin that really counts but rather the manufacture that counts.