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Plastic Manufacturers – How to Find the Right Ones for Your Business

Plastic manufacturers in China are highly skilled and have great capacity. This guide will help you to narrow down you search and find the right supplier for your business

Vaughn Cook RockWell Window Wells
Editorial Team
July 1, 2021

Plastic is extremely popular nowadays. It is an important component of the finished products of several industries. Whether it is construction, aerospace, the medical field, or most any other industry, plastic components form an integral part of finished products.

Where do you source all the plastic you need for your products, regardless of the industry you’re in? There are numerous plastic manufacturing companies around and if you want to keep your business running in the long run, you will need to develop a strong relationship with them. So the real question is: which manufacturer should you choose?

Getting high quality products as scheduled is necessary to keep up with the pace of your business operations. This must be done in a cost effective manner. With so many variables, not all good manufacturers will be the right one for your business. The key to finding the right one lies in matching the needs of your business with what that particular plastic manufacturing company has to offer. In this article, we’ll show you how to do just that. You can then get to work on finding the right plastic manufacturers for your business.

Check their pricing

As is the case with many other things you may do in life, price is a major deciding factor when selecting from a sea of plastic manufacturers. It is obvious that you will want to choose a manufacturer that you can strike a cost effective deal with. After all, a lower price will result in savings for your business and is more likely to fetch you higher return on investment. This could result in higher profit margins for your business and that’s a good place to be in.

While evaluating price though, it’s important that you pay attention to a lot more than just which company is the cheapest. Being cost effective doesn’t always mean going with the cheapest option in the market. In fact, acquiring cheaply priced, poor quality materials could end up compromising product quality and your reputation, thus ultimately resulting in avoidable costs for your business.      

Make sure you compare the prices of different factories to get an idea of what the charges normally are in the market.

Assess based on product lifespan

While price is a big consideration when it comes to selecting among many manufacturers, you don’t want to end up putting your resources into something of low quality. Not everything that is priced low is necessarily the best option for your business. When it comes to business operations, the lifespan of the product needs to be taken into consideration. You may find that one manufacturer offers products that are dirt cheap, but don’t be fooled. If the product lifespan isn’t long, the reputation of your products will drop and that could cost you immensely in business.

Evaluate the product lifespan offered by different plastic manufacturers to help you determine which manufacturer is best for your business needs. You may even find that buying long lasting products in bulk will get you special discounts that will make the purchase much more lucrative.

Make sure they are offering the products/materials that you need

Not all plastics manufactured are the same. They work differently when used for different applications. What works well when utilized one way, may not be the best choice for another use. When you go about choosing plastic manufacturers for your business, you need to make sure that the company is able to offer you the specific type of materials your business needs. Commercial plastics are available in different materials, shapes, and forms and can be tailor made for the application in which they will be used- customizations can include different tolerance levels and variance of size differences.

The right plastic manufacturer for your business is the one who will be able to offer you commercial plastics composed of the material you require with the characteristics you need. Some important factors to consider when deciding on the basis of products offered are:

  • Is the material of your choice available?
  • Is the material available in the shape that you need? (for example, rods, resin, etc.)
  • Can the materials/parts used be made as large or small as you need?
  • Based on the needs of your application- does the material need to be stamped, molded, or machined?
  • What is the desired product tolerance? Is a low tolerance required? Can the plastic manufacturer guarantee tight tolerance?
  • Does the final product application include exposure to water, harsh chemicals, or UV light? If it does, you will want to make sure that the manufacturer can offer you a solution that will withstand such exposure.

Can they meet your quantity and timeframe requirements?

Many manufacturers may be able to offer you high quality commercial plastics. But you need to look for more than that when determining which company is the right choice for you. The best plastics in the world aren’t going to amount to much if they aren’t ready on time or in the quantity that you desire to make your products.

Any delay can cost you dearly in your business operations and lead to losses. So, it is of  key importance to check that the plastic manufacturers are not only able to offer you high quality materials, but that they can also meet your required quantity within the timeframe that you specified. This will ensure that you stay on top of your production needs and deliver consistently within set deadlines.

See if they meet your technology requirements

The technology used by plastic manufacturers will have a huge impact on the overall quality of the products offered. It will also influence the cost. You need to make sure you choose a company that makes use of the latest technology and methodologies to be able to give you the materials you desire. If stamping and shaping of plastic is necessary, then the company must possess the required equipment to be able to do it. Only then will it be able to meet the needs of your business.

Evaluate the standards used

You need to make sure you are choosing a company that offers you high quality standards that meet the needs of your business operations. Check the metric of standards being used. Is it ISO standard, ANSI standard, or some other standard? Many companies offer product lines that come featuring standard products. These may not always be suited to your needs. Some companies however, offer standard product lines but also have custom product options and can craft solutions that are specially designed to suit your needs. Such companies would be good options to go with because you will be able to use a material that is expressly designed for your business.

Plastic manufacturers - Check materials used
Check what material the factory is using

Check if you can benefit from any additional services with them

Many plastic manufacturing companies may offer you services in addition to just the material you want to purchase. Pay attention to what these additional services are and how they could benefit you. Some companies may look into aspects of your project design and its implementation. Other plastic manufacturing companies may offer you assembly services that could benefit your business. Some companies may even go to the extent of assessing your finished products and recommending certain changes or modifications. Companies that offer additional services can bring value to your business and are worth considering for your operations.

Where are they located?

In the global age of which technological advances are a matter of daily interactions, the location concern seems to be a futile one when thinking about choosing the right plastic manufacturers for your business. It is, however, a consideration you shouldn’t take lightly, especially if you’re serious about cutting costs (which you should be).

Plastic manufacturers that are closer to the location of your business will help you save money. They will allow you to save on shipping costs and delivery time. You may also need to get in touch with the customer service department of the manufacturer. In such situations, you will find it easier to contact the customer service team if they’re in the same time zone as you. While the problem of location can be easily overcome in the modern tech-savvy world, it is a factor to consider regardless. Using location to your advantage can do wonders for your business in the long run.

Don’t forget to check their track record

Every business has a track record and you need to be savvy to the track record for plastic manufacturers you choose from for your business needs. While recommendations and referrals can do a good job of making you aware of the existence of these companies, they can only go so far. You still need to follow-up with research of your own.

When you choose plastic manufacturers that have a high degree of credibility, you’re paying knowing that this is a company that you can rely on. A credible company will be able to deliver what it has promised and you will enjoy greater peace of mind knowing that you can count on them.

One thing is clear from all of the points mentioned above. You shouldn’t be in a rush to sort through plastic manufacturers in an effort to quickly hire one. Take your time going through these important considerations before deciding which plastic manufacturing company is the best for you. With a little time and effort, you will soon find the perfect manufacturer for your business. This won’t just translate into a higher return on your investment per product item, but it will also result in a higher return on your overall investment in the long run. So you can continue to create products of high quality and deliver excellence with every product.


Sourcing Allies is a team of expert China sourcing agents that has helped western customers manufacture and source products from low-cost regions since 2006.

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