A guide to finding the right sheetmetal fabrication partner

A recent Transparency Market Research report has analysed demand in the sheetmetal fabrication industry on a global scale, including New Zealand, predicting a major growth in the demand forecast between 2018 and 2026.

The increased demand for sheetmetal fabrication is being met by more providers joining the industry. With more suppliers than ever before available and vying for your business, it's important to know what to look for in a fabricator, then how to get the most out of a relationship with them.

New Zealand has a wide range of sheetmetal fabricators with varying capabilities, service offerings and price points. For manufacturers and other consumers of sheetmetal outputs, selecting the right partner isn’t always straightforward, especially since the right fabricator will function as an extension of your business and help you to deliver more tangible results.

It's with that in mind that we've developed a new eBook, How Kiwi businesses can get the most out of their investment: a guide to finding the right sheetmetal fabrication partner.

The eBook focuses on four key areas:

  1. How to be clear on your goals and objectives
    The clearer you are on what you need, what your project involves and what the intended outcomes should be, the better chance you have of selecting the best fabricator-fit.

  2. The different sheetmetal fabrication services on offer

Sheetmetal fabricators are not one-size-fits-all, but a common mistake is assuming that they are. There are various sheetmetal fabrication services available, and every business offers something different. That's why it's essential that you're clear on what you're looking for, so that you can find one that's the best match for you.

  1. Key attributes - what to look for in a sheetmetal fabricator

You will have a range of choice, and to help you narrow it down, there are essential boxes your sheetmetal fabrication provider needs to tick.

  1. How to achieve the best outcome

Planning is key. The better prepared you are, the better the outcome will be. Good communication is essential.

It's important to weigh up what it will cost your business for a contract manufacturer's expertise, technology, equipment and skills, against the finished product and what it will mean for your revenue stream. If you're offering a product that's been manufactured using leading-edge technology and a high level of skill and experience, it will be of higher value and you can price it accordingly.

Remember that when you choose a sheetmetal fabrication partner, you’re entering into a relationship that should be productive, supportive and communicative. It should feel like a partnership. A true collaboration will not only be more enjoyable to manage, it will likely deliver better tangible results.