All our toys are currently produced outside Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The factory is called Dai Dong Tien and the owner Christopher. They started in 1983 and we have been producing our toys in their factory since 2013. The factory is a high-capacity facility with production for well-known international brands and companies such as Unilever and Pepsi. Of course, Iso and ICTI certified. The production has a very well-thought-out process with quality control managers in every step of the production to ensure that our toys are of the highest possible quality. In addition to our internal tests, all toys are rigorously tested in independent test labs. We are happy to meet the requierments of the strictest safety standards in the world.
Design and product development process
1. Brainstorm & define ideas
2. Analyze idea - including children's development, production, cost, packaging, logistics & Viking product family
3. Prototype - the prototype is 3D-printed for review.
4. Feedback from distributors - Our partners is asked for their opinions.
5. Calculation - The cost and FOB / Retail price are examined as well as investments to manufacture new tools.
6. New tool - If everything is ok and the numbers go together, a new tool is made.
7. Test run - The tool is tested and the first test is performed.
8. Approval from Viking Toys - If the final product is ok, the product and tool are approved for manufacture.
9. Laboratory test - ALL toys are tested in laboratories to ensure that the world's toughest standards are met.
10. First delivery to the distributor - Samples are sent to our partners.
11. Orders - Orders from the distributors are placed.
12. Production starts at the factory
14. HAPPY CHILD
Everything is produced to customer order. We only have a small warehouse in Sweden to supply school customers in northern Europe.
The mold is mounted in an injection molding machine. Polymers or plastics pellets are introduced into the machine to be melted. The pellets are mixed with paint at high temperatures and form a thick paste. This paste, or hot melted plastic, is pushed by the machine into the cavity of the mold.
To ensure that everything in the factory and everything with the production is and is done in an ethical way where a safe environment is given to all employees, we have various certificates where random inspections are done regularly. These are external and independent organizations that perform these reviews and evaluations to obtain the certifications.
One of these is ICTI, the ethical toy program. The ICTI program focuses on social sustainability issues that affect the well-being of workers involved in toy manufacturing. They go through, among other things: Working hours and hours, salaries, who are employees and work in the factory, safety in the factory for the employees, gender equality, and business ethics.
Another certification we have is called Amfori BSCI Code of Conduct which includes: The right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, fair compensation, working environment and security, ensures that no form of forced slavery, human trafficking or non-voluntary work takes place, ethical business conduct, no discrimination, decent working hours, no child labor, no precarious employment and also environmental protection.