23 Jul Top Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Contract Manufacturer
Choosing the right contract manufacturer to develop your products can be a very long and costly process. It can takes years of trial and error to choose the right manufacturer to produce your products.
Here are some insightful questions every business owner should ask to help speed up the learning curve:
What other companies does this contract manufacturer currently produce products for? You want to choose manufacturers that are reputable in the industry and who manufacture quality products for companies that you are familiar with in the marketplace. If you recognize the brands they’ve done work for then you will know that their facilities have been visited and audited by major retailers across the globe.
How big is their facility? The more employees the company has and the bigger their facility is, the longer they have been in the business of manufacturing which gives them experience in their respective fields. If you do decide to go with a smaller manufacturer, make sure you do your due diligence and think carefully on their ability to handle growing volumes.
What is their production capacity? Production capacity is key to your long-term success. You may be starting off small, but if you are serious about bringing your products to market, you need to ensure that once you close that big sale, you are able to produce the order and deliver on time. The last thing you want to do is under deliver with a new customer or have to scramble to find a new manufacturer to produce a large order.
Where are they sourcing their components? There are likely many different manufacturers that produce the same components that you produce. Each of these components has their own set of problems. If the manufacturer is not producing all of the components that are required to produce your product, make sure that the components they purchase are from reputable manufacturers as well.
What quality assurance steps do they take and at how many points throughout production? Quality assurance is the most important step in the manufacturing process. The more quality assurance steps the contact manufacturer will take, the lower the risk of defective products and components. Some manufacturers will only conduct quality assurance tests at the end of the production cycle to check if a product works. But this isn’t always the best strategy. For example, if you are manufacturing electronics, this type of testing will not assure the quality of the components inside or the soldering on internal wires.
Due diligence can reduce the trials and eliminate some of the headaches you can encounter trying to find the right manufacturer. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and take time discussing the finer details with your contract manufacturer. This will show the manufacturer you pay attention to detail and you are on top of their production.