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Questions to Ask a Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

In today’s dynamic industrial environment, finding the right partner to help you manufacturer custom component parts can help your business continue to thrive. Finding the right contract manufacturer can be overwhelming, because there are so many options and considerations. There are some important factors to keep in mind while you are manufacturing sourcing, which will help you find a partner that will help you get your product to market on time, within budget, and at a competitive value.

Do They Have a Quality Program in Place?

Make sure that the manufacturing sourcing company you are considering has an adopted quality standards program, like the ISO 9001:2008. This program gives the company guidelines they need to follow to ensure that their products and services are developed consistently and will uphold your quality requirements. Have the manufacturer send you records that show their program can provide accurate documentation, high-level reports, and detailed test data.

Are They the Right Size for Your Business?

While searching for a manufacturing sourcing partner, find out the size of the company and whether or not they can support your annual usage volumes and manufacturing processes. If you opt for a smaller company, make sure they understand the challenges and needs of your business. Regardless of the size, the manufacturing sourcing company should be able to assist with analyzing unique options for your designs and be willing to work at improving manufacturing efficiency and quality control.

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Are They Financially Stable?

A contract sourcing partner in manufacturing needs to be financially stable if they want to have a long, successful partnership with your business. Don’t be shy about asking about their finances.

Do They Support a Wide Array of Manufacturing Processes?

A good manufacturing sourcing partner should be able to handle any standard manufacturing process that your business requires. Make sure that the sourcing company you select can support processes including metal castings, plastics, metal forming/stamping, wire formed products, electrical wire harnesses, and electronic controls. The right sourcing partner should also be able to custom source virtually any other manufacturing process and materials, regardless of the complexities or rarities of your requirements.

If you are interested in finding out more about what to ask when searching for a manufacturing sourcing partner, contact Axia Sourcing today.


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