One of the biggest challenges facing businesses dealing with loudspeaker design and manufacturing, in all application segments, from consumer to high-end, A/V, contractor, studio, and professional audio industries is identifying actual qualified suppliers from supplier agents or potential competitors. And when it comes to sourcing qualified manufacturers in a vast region such as Asia, with communication and different company cultures, the challenge is even greater.
The Loudspeaker Sourcing Show was conceived and created by husband and wife team Philip Richardson — owner of the Trueanalog Strictly OEM factory in Guangzhou, China (established to serve the international high-end and mid-fi driver and system industries) — and Mandy Tseng — daughter of the founder of Guangzhou, China-based T-yokes, top plates, and U-yokes specialist manufacturer Zeng Ben Industrial — to connect qualified speaker component manufacturers directly with businesses that need their services.
Sensibly, manufacturers are already vetted based on their history of providing quality loudspeaker product solutions or related services, so only actual manufacturers are allowed to exhibit at the show — not third-party brokers. Better still, this eliminates those painful hassles of identifying actual manufacturers so that everything from development to quality assurance can be easily and openly discussed at the show itself.
“Our goal is to greatly improve the communication and relationships between brands and suppliers,” states show host Philip Richardson. Reality dictates that they must be doing something right, as The Loudspeaker Sourcing Show co-creator continues: “Each year the shows keep getting bigger and better with larger attendance and more of the world’s speaker brands realizing its potential. Imagine sitting down for a quiet moment with the best suppliers of speaker components and systems across all of Asia.”
The 2019 edition already has many new exhibitors confirmed and should improve on a model that has been very well received by industry professionals. Exhibitors at The Loudspeaker Sourcing Show are there to provide OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing)/ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) services for loudspeakers and related products and components. Moreover, manufacturers of every component utilized in the assembly of driver units, woofers, and tweeters will be exhibiting there, as will driver assembly houses and turnkey system factories. The show also hosts cabinet and amplifier manufacturers, as well as test equipment suppliers.
Simply speaking, The Loudspeaker Sourcing Show sees manufacturers providing technical representation so that brand engineers and purchasing agents can identify the right manufacturer for their specific needs. Needless to say, the show itself is designed to effectively eliminate all the ‘noise’ between brands and suppliers; so those with a vested interest in the ever-widening world of loudspeakers will have the opportunity to talk directly to highly-skilled suppliers and established service industry companies, saving months — if not years — of finding the right suppliers for their brands in the process. Put it this way: with shipping companies, packaging companies, legal advice, translators, and other service representatives all available at the show, there has never been a better attempt at providing complete supply chain management solutions.
The Loudspeaker Sourcing Show is being held at Nansha Grand Hotel (1 Shangmao Road, New Coast City, Nansha, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China) between October 18-20, 2019. International attendees must register separately for $30.00 USD via credit card or PayPal (using a secure connection through PayPal in the United States); Chinese attendees can pay RMB 200.00 CNY via ALIPAY. Exhibitor registration is $2,050.00 USD. Companies can register first (no payment needed), and The Loudspeaker Sourcing Show organizers follow up to complete the registration fee process.
This year, the show follows Prolight+Sound Shangai (October 10-13) and the international Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) trade show (13-16). Guangzhou is about an hour by ferry from Hong Kong.
October 18 - 20
The Loudspeaker Sourcing Show 2019
Nansha Grand Hotel in Guangzhou, China