''Six or seven months before production, we start making hand-tooled samples and we typically don't do those in our factory,'' Mr Pang said.
''But if we do, say, 10 samples, we go to specialty online wholesale electronics shop to make these samples for us.
''And the fact that they exist within an hour's drive from our office makes it a distinct advantage.''
VTech has educational lessons not just for the almost 30 million children who received a VTech product last year, but also for manufacturers who followed its path to southern China in the past quarter century. starzmart
VTech was a pioneer in moving electronics manufacturing into southern China from the mid-1980s at a time when communications and transport in the Pearl River Delta was rudimentary.