Recently, the Working Group on Automobile Repacking Standards led by China Consumers Association was officially established to improve the Guidelines for the Construction of the Automobile Repacking Group Standards System as soon as possible. It will be a vital step for China to promote the legalization of repacking cars. This article will discuss the Chinese car repacking market in detail and the inspirations that metal and plastic prototype companies can get from it.
According to the World Automobile Organization, world car ownership reached 1.5 billion in 2021, of which China has more than 300 million cars, accounting for 20% of the world car ownership.
At the same time, China has grown to the size of the world's largest single market, with its current sales share already accounting for 30% of the global market, ten percentage points higher than the second-ranked U.S. market. According to the forecast of OICA Foresight Industry Research Institute, with the improvement of China's laws and regulations on car repacking, the scale of China's car repacking market will grow by 200% in the next five years, from more than 60 billion yuan in present to more than 200 billion yuan.
Lin Xueping, a Chinese quality expert, has proposed the third kind of manufacturing. In other words, the manufacturing method of human society will go through three stages of evolution.
The first kind of manufacturing is manual manufacturing, characterized by not seeking efficiency but seeking uniqueness.
The second kind of manufacturing is mass manufacturing, which includes large-scale high-volume production, large-scale small-batch production, and mass-customized production.
The third kind of manufacturing is that the product after production is not the final form, but more like a semi-finished product. It needs dealers, refitting plants, and end-users to do their own reprocessing. That is why the third type of manufacturing is also called off-factory or social manufacturing.
For automakers, this may seem easier. But in fact, it requires a change in the traditional design philosophy: not only the perfection of the product itself but also leaving room for subsequent modifications. For example, according to the previous design thinking, the door gaps of the front and rear doors of the car tailgate should ideally be tightly sealed, to obtain a sense of quality. However, if you consider the subsequent users may apply films on their own, and if the door gap is too small, it is hard to close the edges when attaching the film. So the design should instead leave the door gap slightly larger.
Furthermore, users may replace the car's various parts themselves. The car factory should not be a closed system, but more like a platform, opening its diverse part interfaces to downstream repacking factories. In fact, for world-famous car brands, there are already professional repacking factories and brands. Together with the original manufacturers, they serve the same group of consumers at different times.
So what kind of role should the prototyping company play in "the third manufacturing"?
The customer group served by the prototyping company is not only the car manufacturers but also the repacking factories and brands and even individuals with modification needs.
When an automaker designs a car for possible subsequent repacking needs, the prototyping company needs to be involved and create prototypes for them to verify the rationality of the design.
The modification needs to be undertaken by refitting factories or brands that must be customized, personalized, and few in number. The production needs are very suitable for the small-batch processing mode that the metal and plastic prototype companies are good at, such as Reaction Injection Molding (RIM). Its lead time is short. The cost is lower than that of the traditional processing method.
The same goes for individual modification needs, as the MOQ of the processing needs undertaken by the prototyping company is only one piece.
As one of the Shenzhen-based metal and plastic prototype companies, X Rapid Technologies is looking forward to the worldwide progress of the legalization of automobile repacking. Please stay tuned.