August 19, 2018
Plastic Manufacturing Companies – Finding a Plastics Manufacturer
What Type of Plastic Do You Need? – There are basically two types of plastic manufacturing, thermoset and thermoplastic. I’ts important to decide which type would work best for your product. You can also talk to your prospective manufacturer about this.
There are pros and cons to using both thermoset plastic and thermoplastic. Thermoset plastic can be moulded once and then it is set. Thermoplastic can be molded, shaped, set, then heated and reshaped, over and over.
What About Directories and Lists? – Search directories and lists online. It can be a time consuming process to contact multiple manufacturers to obtain quotes. Many manufacturers may be hesitant to work with you if you are seeking only a small order. It may take many contacts before you find a manufacturer to work with.
How Many Quotes Should I Get? – Make sure you obtain at least 3 quotes before you decide on which plastics manufacturer to work with. Compare pricing and ask about ways to reduce costs. Perhaps if you use slightly different materials or a different process, you could save more money.
What About Injection Molding? – Injection molding is one of the most common processes for plastics manufacturing. Make sure you talk to the manufacturer about they types of processes they have. There are also many types of injection molding. Compare prices on the different types and find out which one will suit your product best.
What About Foreign Manufacturers? – Plastics manufacturers in China can oftentimes produce plastic products much cheaper than in the US. You can find a manufacturer in China online. Working with a foreign manufacturer can be more complicated with the additional communication difficulties and the complications of payment (wiring money, etc.). If you do decide to use a foreign company, make sure they are trustworthy and provide adequate samples before you start work.
Whether you are looking to create toys or tools, make sure the manufacturer can provide quality work at a reasonable price and is trustworthy.