Are you in the market for reliable, high-quality industrial material for your business?
If so, we understand that finding a manufacturer that you can count on can sometimes feel like a bit of a challenge.
It can be difficult to even know where to start.
The good news?
You can begin by reading this post.
In it, we’ll tell you the main things that you need to take into consideration when you’re on the hunt for a manufacturer for industrial materials, new products, and much more.
Finding the right manufacturer doesn’t have to be rocket science. Instead, it’s all about doing your research and knowing the decisions you need to make ahead of time.
Decide If You Want A Foreign Or Domestic Manufacturer
When you’re in the market for an industrial material manufacturer, one of the biggest choices that you’ll make is deciding whether you want to go with a foreign or domestic option.
Let’s quickly take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each below.
A Domestic Manufacturer
With local manufacturing on the rise in the United States, the myth that it’s markedly more expensive for companies to have their products manufactured domestically is quickly evaporating.
First of all, you’ll be able to save some serious time and money on the overall shipping process. You’ll avoid foreign tariffs and potential problems that result because of political strain or other conditions.
Additionally, you may be able to charge higher prices if you advertise the fact that your products have been manufactured domestically. In fact, close to 80% of shoppers say that they’re willing to accept higher prices if they know goods are locally made.
Plus, you’ll likely be able to check out the actual product, manufacturing plant, and even meet with employees in person. This is especially crucial for overall quality control.
Of course, you’ll also need to pay more out of pocket for those local manufacturers of industrial material. Additionally, be aware that if you’re placing an especially large order, local manufacturers may not be able to meet your needs.
And even if something claims to be made locally, you’ll still need to do your research to make sure that’s really true.
A Foreign Manufacturer
Of course, the most attractive thing about going with a foreign manufacturer for your industrial material is the lower costs.
However, especially if you’re looking for reliable and quality materials, that cost may not always be quite as low as you might have expected.
The good news about foreign manufacturers is that you’re able to have both lower and higher-end materials made. So, unlike many domestic manufacturers, the fact that you want to place smaller and less expensive overall orders won’t be an issue.
Of course, this means that, if something goes wrong, you won’t have the legal protection you would have within the U.S. You’ll also potentially have to deal with customs and higher shipping costs and timelines.
You’ll also need to accept that, unless you’re willing to make a trip overseas, it will be more difficult to really know the quality of the industrial material you need until it arrives.
Other Tips For Industrial Material Manufacturers
Once you’ve made the big decision between a foreign and domestic manufacturer, there are still things you need to do to ensure you’ll be happy.
Let’s take a look at them now.
Hire A Translator
If you’re working with a foreign manufacturer, it’s incredibly important that you hire a translator to help to guide you through the overall process.
The reality is that when a language — and cultural — barrier is involved, things can get lost in translation.
Additionally, this person can complete spot-checks and give you a “boots on the ground” presence without you having to book a flight.
Visit Trade Shows
When you’re still trying to find the industrial material manufacturer that’s right for you, one of your biggest issues might be knowing where to look in the first place.
Surprisingly, trade shows are often a great place to start.
You’ll be able to meet with foreign manufacturers that are there to advertise to potential clients, as well as domestic options. You can also set aside one week a year to travel overseas if you’re interested in working exclusively with foreign manufacturers.
Do Your Research Online
Of course, when all else fails — or if you just want to narrow down your options, it’s always a smart idea to head online when you’re in the market for a new manufacturer.
This will give you a longer list of potential options, online directories, and much more.
Above all, you’ll be able to tell a lot about the quality of a potential manufacturer from its website alone.
For an example of what to look for, check out the homepage of the Industrial Polymers website. It offers you videos to watch, tech sheets to read, and a list of industries served.
It also contains a product gallery, custom formulations, and much more.
You’re Ready To Find Your Manufacturer
We hope that this post has made the process of finding a manufacturer for your industrial material needs a lot easier.
The reality is that it’s likely much less complicated than you might have initially expected.
Above all, remember to do your research, get firm price quotes, and ask for references from past clients.
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