A Dutch SME developed a product portfolio of sustainable wooden toys for children between 1 - 6 year. The company is looking for a Conformité Européenne (CE) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood manufacturer, who can produce - in small quantities - a children’s play kitchen. Potential partners can expect a long term cooperation under a manufacturing agreement.
The Dutch SME developed a new toy concept for conscious European millennial mothers (born between 1980 and 1995). The idea behind the concept is the need to minimize the amount of plastic toys and replace with beautifully designed natural toys that last for generations. In this way the company wants to inspire millennial mothers to make conscious choices; only sustainable toys of which it is known that it burdens the environment as little as possible and that are made in fair trade conditions.
One of their products in portfolio is a wooden play kitchen.The play kitchen consists of 4 separate parts (products): A. Base kitchen, B. Kitchen hood, C. Refrigerator, D. Play Food Set. The base Kitchen is the primary product with B,C & D as options to expand the set. All 4 products will be sold separately. . Working drawings of the 4 different products will be supplied by the Dutch SME to the manufacturing partner. The play kitchen is made of sustainable Birch plywood (15 mm) and solid maple (18 mm). In order to save costs the Dutch company will most likely take care of the coloring and final assembly itself in the beginning. When numbers grow the manufacturing partner should have possibilities to take over the process of lacquering. The used paints are fully free of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and plant-based hard-wax oils and water-based eco paints.
The potential partner should be able to ship the kitchens in parts, as a kit. Of course fully prepared for finishing off with paint and easy assembly. The play kitchens have a high level of finish and for instance no mounting materials, like screws are visible from the outside. The wood used must have a certificate, like Forest Stewardship Council (FSC. For the production of the play kitchens the SME looks for a certified manufacturer, preferably in eastern Europe and the Baltic States, who are able to produce these play kitchens in small quantities. The Dutch SME wants to establish a manufacturing agreement.
- Type of partner sought: The manufacturer must be able to supply a products that ensuring that standards and certificates (CE (Conformité Européenne), EN 71-1 (Mechanical and physical properties), EN 71-3 (Specification for migration of certain elements)) are met (European standard EN 71 specifies safety requirements for toys.). The products should be produced in FSC-Certified material.
Since the end users are children he products must be non-toxic, contain no chemical dyes..
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The company is looking for a production partner who can produce this play kitchen in small quantities. The intention is to work towards long-term cooperation under a manufacturing agreement. The manufacturer should be able to produce prototypes and preferably is an experienced wooden toy producer that can produce toys according to the specifications from the Dutch company. CNC possibilities are a must and wood turning and laser engraving would be a great advantage