Posted: 18 February 2019
Could outsourcing your manufacturing be the thing that changes the game for your business in 2019?
Contract manufacturing is a form of outsourcing. When it comes to metal contract manufacturing, It can range from making just the sheet metal box and supplying that, right through to the contract manufacturer making the box, fitting it out with plastic parts, cables and electronics and then supplying that as a finished product.
In NZ the term contract manufacturing is often used to describe outsourced manufacturing of circuit boards and electronic parts. However it's expanded to include companies contracting sheet metal fabricators to make repeatable, metal-based products.
There are a variety of reasons for any business to decide to make use of a contract manufacturer. Obviously, it depends on what the business does and what their requirements are, but when it comes to sheet metal fabrication, going with a contract manufacturer brings with it benefits such as:
- A business - especially a new one doesn't need to invest in their own plant
- Less inventory and stock capital requirements
- Can demand shorter lead times
- Quality, resources and expertise
Access to innovation is also a major plus. A contract manufacturing business that has leading edge technology, highly trained and qualified staff, and top-of-the-line equipment mean that your business is getting all the advantages of their innovative thinking, quality controls and efficient processes. They will have different – and better – ways of making things.
Not only that, but you’ll also be tapping into their superior skills and expertise. A sheet metal contractor with a good reputation will have excellent, skilled staff working for them. They’ll be experienced in a wide range of metal work areas, able to offer advice, guidance and a wealth of knowledge as well as the finished product.
The trick, however, is finding the right contract manufacturer for your precision sheet metal fabrication needs. You need a partner who understands your business needs, goals and objectives, and is committed to achieving them. It’s with that in mind that we’ve developed a new eBook, How contract manufacturing can help you make it big. This is a guide to help you assess whether using a contract manufacturer is right for your business. In it, we cover:
- The specifics of what contract manufacturing is, especially in the area of metal contract manufacturing.
- Details on why a business would choose to use a contract manufacturer for sheet metal fabrication, and the benefits that come with it.
- What to look for when you’re considering your contract manufacturing options. There are key factors to take into consideration when you’re making your selection.
- What to expect when you bring ENI in as your contract manufacturing partner.
At ENI Engineering our aim is to help our customers ‘make it big’. We have big ideas, big capacity and big hearts; so we can help them realise their goals – to make a big impression, a big impact, a big difference.
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