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Case
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Reference no. 208-013-1
Published by: IBS Center for Management Research
Published in: 2008

Abstract

The history of the modern Chinese toy industry dates back to the early 1900s. By the early 1980s, the Chinese toy industry was developed enough to compete in the international market. By 2006, benefiting from economies of scale and cheap labour, the Chinese toy industry had come to dominate the global market for toys, accounting for around 75% of the world''s output. However, in 2006-2007, the Chinese toy industry faced a series of product recalls, adversely affecting its global image. The case discusses the development of the Chinese toy industry over the years. It discusses the problems facing the toy industry in China, with specific emphasis on the issue of recalls in 2007 and the reason behind the recalls. The case examines some of the other challenges that the Chinese toy industry faces such as increasing labour costs, technological inferiority of Chinese toys and the growing demand for high tech toys, and the Chinese toy manufacturers'' lack of brand power. The case ends with a discussion on the actions taken in response to the series of recalls and the possible impact of these recalls on the Chinese toy industry. The case is structured to enable students to: (1) understand the reasons for the growth of the Chinese toy industry; (2) analyse the problems facing the Chinese toy industry; (3) evaluate the impact of recalls on the fortunes of the Chinese toy industry; and (4) analyse the future of the toy industry in China. This case is meant for MBA / PGDBM students and is designed to be part of the business environment curriculum. The teaching note does not contain an analysis of the case.
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Abstract

The history of the modern Chinese toy industry dates back to the early 1900s. By the early 1980s, the Chinese toy industry was developed enough to compete in the international market. By 2006, benefiting from economies of scale and cheap labour, the Chinese toy industry had come to dominate the global market for toys, accounting for around 75% of the world''s output. However, in 2006-2007, the Chinese toy industry faced a series of product recalls, adversely affecting its global image. The case discusses the development of the Chinese toy industry over the years. It discusses the problems facing the toy industry in China, with specific emphasis on the issue of recalls in 2007 and the reason behind the recalls. The case examines some of the other challenges that the Chinese toy industry faces such as increasing labour costs, technological inferiority of Chinese toys and the growing demand for high tech toys, and the Chinese toy manufacturers'' lack of brand power. The case ends with a discussion on the actions taken in response to the series of recalls and the possible impact of these recalls on the Chinese toy industry. The case is structured to enable students to: (1) understand the reasons for the growth of the Chinese toy industry; (2) analyse the problems facing the Chinese toy industry; (3) evaluate the impact of recalls on the fortunes of the Chinese toy industry; and (4) analyse the future of the toy industry in China. This case is meant for MBA / PGDBM students and is designed to be part of the business environment curriculum. The teaching note does not contain an analysis of the case.

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2005-2007

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