You are searching for a Contract Manufacturer (CM) and you have leveraged Google to narrow down your search to a handful. You’ve researched their websites thoroughly and now it’s time to engage. You trade emails, maybe execute an NDA, and starting the ‘dating’ process by getting to know one another either by phone first or later face to face with the team. You have lots of questions swirling in your head because there is potentially a lot of risk at stake if you choose incorrectly.
Before you engage with a contract manufacturer make sure you have peace of mind about these 5 questions:
Do they just want to make your design and move on or are they offering DFM (Design for Manufacturing) advice and alternative materials and components to reduce your total overall cost?
Is this a manufacturing company you are working with or a one person consultant? How long have been manufacturing globally and do they understand the process, culture, and logistics needed to be successful?
Do they have the technical capabilities to understand what it takes to make your product from initial mold to surface requirement of the final product?
There is a tremendous amount at stake by selecting a contract manufacturer that becomes a liability to your company. Take your time, do your due diligence, and ask lots of questions!