Idea Developments is a leading product design, development and manufacturing company established in 1998.
IDEA has developed a holistic, easy to follow 3 Staged - 8 Phase process called Design | Development | Supply, providing the complete product design/development and manufacturing process, from Industrial Design to Engineering to providing Answers for your project or product idea.


Idea's industrial designers start our 8 phase approach with, research, creative conceptual sketches; mock-up and 'hand crafted' form study models, to evolve and refine the design as it comes to life.

Read more


Idea's design engineers use the latest 3D CAD identify and apply engineering disciplines. Using techniques including ‘design for manufacture’ and ‘performance prototype' samples.

Read more


Idea's manufacturing and product assembly operates from our Idea-China facility located in Shenzhen China, where we provide customised and profitable manufacturing solutions.

Read more

Our  Process

Idea's 8 Phases of Design | Development | Supply

Phase 1 | Research

Idea’s industrial design research; identifies the aesthetics; ergonomics; user experience (UX); demographic; patent (IP) and marketing needs of a product and design brief confirmation.

Phase 2 | Concept

Idea’s concept sketch process evolves the product brief into an early visual presentation showcasing aesthetic styling direction; product features; and engineering intent.

Phase 3 | Form Study

Idea’s designers 'hand craft' form study models to further assist aesthetic and ergonomic resolve of visually demanding products, literally bringing concepts to life.

Phase 3.1 | Mock-Up

Idea’s mock-up model build techniques provide an early insight to product performance, size/proportion, and weight/balance; which are important factors for early proof of concept.

Phase 4 | Engineering

Idea’s design engineers work with the very latest in 3D CAD modelling software from Siemens NX as they capture complex surfaces, and detail working product assemblies at high-level engineering performance resolve.

Phase 5 | Prototype

Idea specialises in producing prototypes that perform in a variety of production-quality materials and appearance; validating and showcasing the product to the market before tooling investment.

Phase 6 | Specification

Idea’s design specifications ensure critical areas of the design function and appearance are clearly communicated in product instruction manuals, engineering drawings, Patent applications and through to manufacturing.

Phase 7 | Tooling

Idea’s NZ-based design and engineering team provide tool designs with ‘off-tool’ checks, to efficiently manage the tooling process. Our China-based team provides the 'hands-on' assistance ensuring quality, efficiency, and supply to meet your requirements.

Phase 8 | Production

Idea’s dedicated manufacturing/sourcing solution provides the complete supply service of produced components, products and sourced goods including; PSI quality audits, 'door-to-door' freight forwarding; importation; and local delivery, to meet your requirements.


Years at Work




Finished Projects



Manufacturing Idea-China

Idea-China is part of the Idea Group and based in Shenzhen, China with focus on custom manufacture and in-house assembly; providing a secure, quality controlled environment for your products.
Our sustainable manufacturing facility is approved by the Habitat Environment Commission of Shenzhen City.

Manufacturing and Supply Solutions

  • NZ Design Engineers

    Idea-NZ Design Engineers work closely with our Idea-China team providing Design, Engineering, Quality Control (QC) Specifications and Guidance, all monitoried from our Idea-NZ design studio.

  • Tooling & Manufacture

    Idea-China offers tooling and manufacturing input during the design & development process, and Idea-NZ’s Design engineers are often deployed to Idea - China’s Shenzhen office to assist with tooling, samples and production.

  • In-house assembly

    Idea-China’s core competencies are based around custom manufacture and in-house assembly providing a secure, quality controlled environment for finished products. This is complemented with controlled out-sourcing of specialised components to complete in-house product assembly.

  • Quality Control & Shipping

    Idea-China specialises in in-house engineering and quality control management, with independent audits. We provide 'hands-on' assistance ensuring quality and efficiency, and offer the option to warehouse your goods as well as 'door-to-door' freight forwarding and importation.

PDF Download  

Our Clients About Us

The design team at Idea strive to create close working relationships with all our clients from design concept to manufacture.

Want to say Hello?

Idea’s helpful team of designers and engineers are looking forward to answering your questions.