Getting the Best From an Electronics Manufacturer
Published Thursday 5th December, 2019
Partnering with an electronics manufacturer – nurturing relationships
In today’s market, it’s more important than ever to invest in choosing the right electronics manufacturer to work for and with your business. Electronics manufacturers typically take responsibility for a large proportion of key business areas, including procurement, assembly, testing and shipping – all of which play a part in the overall quality of the finished product that your business takes to market.
Choosing the right sub-contract manufacturer ultimately shapes your reputation amongst existing and prospective clients, and in turn, the continued growth and profitability of your business. As your relationship with your chosen electronics manufacturer will span into the foreseeable future, it’s imperative to work together to create some common objectives that will ensure that you consistently achieve your target outcomes.
What matters to your business?
How will you find the best electronics manufacturer for your business? Start by thinking about the things that matter to you, for example:
- Geographical reach and physical location
- Where is your target market and can the electronics manufacturer service it satisfactorily?
- Can you visit the electronics manufacturer easily to have critical face-to-face discussions so often required at the start of large projects?
Equally, compliance might be crucial for your business. Does your prospective electronics manufacturer have the necessary certifications to meet these requirements? There’s likely to be a whole host of other criteria to be considered, including:
- Delivery schedules
- Specialist skills and expertise
- Monitoring and reporting
It’s useful to have these mapped out upfront, so you can ask all of the right questions in your initial meetings.
See the electronics manufacturing operation first hand
Consider visiting any electronics manufacturers you’re considering sub-contracting to in order to see their operation first hand and meet some of the key individuals that you would be working with moving forward. This is the best way to get a feel for a business and its culture.
It’s also advisable to carry out an audit of the company’s policies and procedures in more detail, to establish how they can flex to meet any changes in demand you may present them with, and how well they’d react to potentially challenging situations.
Maintain and strengthen your relationship
Once you’ve appointed the right candidate, it’s important to work on the relationship to ensure its continued success. Trust your chosen electronics manufacturer to take the lead on certain areas of the process, for example, consider allowing them to manage your suppliers or ship products directly to your customers. Remember: communication is key.
Agree with your electronics manufacturer how things will work and what this will look like for you. How often will you keep in touch? Who are your key contacts? Finally, let your new partner do their job – you’ve done your due diligence and worked hard to ensure you’ve found the right match for your business, now is the time to let go of the reins. Avoid micromanagement and reap the rewards of choosing the best sub-contract manufacturer for your business!
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