The pandemic has caused a significant shake-up in the manufacturing world, and one of the most remarkable outcomes has been the resurgence of reshoring. This movement aims to bring production back to the US, which has become increasingly relevant due to pandemic-driven supply chain disruptions causing massive production holdups and shortages. Businesses have realized the importance of having a reliable and secure production process, with 70% of US-based manufacturing companies planning to invest in new production capacity closer to home.
If you’re an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) seeking to regain control over your processes and build more resilient and sustainable supply chains, consider moving your rubber manufacturing to a domestic elastomeric solutions supplier. This post will outline six key supply chain benefits you can expect from reshoring your rubber manufacturing, including:
- Faster turnaround times
- Smoother communication
- Greater control
- increased resilience
- lower transportation and hidden costs
- high-quality products
Continue reading to learn more about benefitting from these supply chain advantages when reshoring your rubber manufacturing needs.
Faster turnaround times
Working with a domestic rubber manufacturer can significantly reduce the lead time needed to produce and transport goods. Overseas manufacturers often require longer lead times of weeks or even months and carry more risks of lengthy shipping delays. However, a domestic rubber manufacturer can help expedite lead times by shortening transportation times and reducing the chances of unexpected delivery delays.
In today’s global manufacturing landscape, language barriers are not as significant an issue as they have been in the past. Most overseas suppliers understand this language requirement and have basic English skills, particularly those targeting US customers as potential growth. Nevertheless, when sourcing your rubber manufacturing internationally, it’s essential to consider other communication factors such as:
- Time zone differences (e.g., when will my supplier respond to me?)
- English-speaking contact backup availability (e.g., if my primary contact is out of the office, does their backup communicate in English as effectively?)
- Payment requirements (e.g., are letters of credit or advance payment required due to the international nature of supply?)
- Inter-departmental communication (e.g., can they communicate easily with quality, shipping, and production departments in response to a supply problem?)
Working with a domestic rubber manufacturer can help ease these communication issues, often providing quicker responses, access to English-speaking company representatives, streamlined payment requirements, and smoother inter-departmental communication.
Greater supply chain control
Reshoring gives OEMs greater control over their supply chains, allowing for more efficient and secure production processes. By bringing rubber production closer to home, you can more easily oversee and manage your production process, whether it’s a critical aerospace elastomer coating or a life-saving respiratory safety device. This increased visibility allows for greater quality control and the ability to address any issues that may arise. In addition, shorter supply chains mean fewer intermediaries, reducing the risk of disruptions caused by any single supplier. Finally, a domestic rubber manufacturer can help ensure compliance with domestic labor and environmental standards, which can be more challenging to enforce overseas.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that a resilient supply chain is essential for survival. Choosing a domestic rubber manufacturer can help increase the resiliency of your supply chain by reducing the risk of disruptions and increasing your ability to respond to changes quickly. Building a more resilient supply chain through reshoring is essential for ensuring the continuity of your operations and meeting your customers’ needs, regardless of pandemics, natural disasters, political instability, or other disruptions that can dramatically impact overseas manufacturing.
Lower transportation and hidden costs
Using a domestic rubber manufacturer can also lower transportation costs, boosting your bottom line. By bringing production closer to home, the distance and time required to transport goods are shorter, translating into significant cost savings in transportation expenses, such as shipping and fuel costs. In addition, reshoring can result in more efficient, quicker transportation, as products can be transported via ground transportation instead of by sea or air, which can be more costly. Shorter supply chains also mean fewer intermediaries are involved in the transportation process, which can further reduce transportation costs and financial payment costs.
A domestic rubber manufacturer not only helps to reduce transportation costs but also can assist with managing difficult-to-measure hidden and total life cycle costs better than an overseas supplier. In addition, by committing to sourcing materials domestically from US steel mills and aluminum smelters, we help promote an entirely domestic value chain that supports US manufacturing and contributes to our economic growth here at home.
How much can you save on transportation and hidden costs when you reshore your rubber manufacturing products with us? Contact our sales department to learn more about our rubber, rubber-to-metal supply, and other services, or set up an appointment to visit our facilities, audit our quality systems, and learn about other services like packaging, inventory control, and recycling your used rubber parts.
Domestic rubber manufacturers are subject to stricter regulations and quality control standards than some overseas manufacturers. As a result, they are also more likely to use higher-quality domestically sourced elastomeric materials, resulting in a better end product. Lastly, domestic manufacturers are more likely to have better quality control processes, leading to fewer defects and better overall product quality.
We ensure our customers receive the highest quality products and greater satisfaction by committing to Total Quality Management (TQM). As a result, we are one of the few contract manufacturers certified to AS9100D, ISO 9001:2015, and AS13100. We were also awarded the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, one of the nation’s highest presidential honors for performance excellence.
Learn more about our Quality Policy and view our AS9100D and ISO 9001: 2015 certifications and ANAB accreditation on our website.
Your Source for Domestic Elastomeric Solutions
We are a domestic elastomeric solutions provider with more than 70 years of experience with customized applications, including elastomeric coatings, moldings, insert-molded components, and other elastomer products for high-tech markets, including aerospace, alternative energy, automotive, industrial, medical devices, office automation, and safety.
Consider us if you’re considering reshoring your rubber manufacturing needs to improve your supply chain. We offer:
- Comprehensive in-house elastomeric solutions – We combine comprehensive in-house manufacturing, recycling, and laboratory capabilities, including rubber-to-metal bonding, with unmatched elastomeric materials and process know-how to deliver an entire elastomeric solution.
- Customer service culture – Our exceptional sales and customer service team is dedicated to building long-lasting customer relationships.
- Custom and small-batch solutions – We are flexible and can accommodate smaller orders and custom designs, making us ideal for custom small-batch production.
- Proven innovative capabilities – We’ve developed elastomeric process innovations, over 5,000 elastomeric recipes, and technical advancements previously thought impossible, resulting in a library of patents and proprietary technologies.
- Made in USA policy – We have a policy to source our materials and raw materials domestically when possible, helping to guarantee the whole value chain is domestic.