Faced with the need to significantly reduce costs and improve their bottom line, many US businesses have opted to move product manufacturing and assembly from the U.S. to foreign countries with abundant low-cost labor. This tactic of exporting manufacturing jobs has not been without consequences. These include both a long-term detrimental impact on the US and negative effects for the job shedding businesses. For example, American manufacturers that have moved parts building and manufacturing overseas while keeping engineering functions in the US have hindered their ability to maintain effective continuous improvement programs. US companies are now exploring better ways to reduce manufacturing costs while keeping their production within the US.
Labor costs remain one of the largest expenses for any manufacturing company. Many US companies have discovered outsourcing to a domestic manufacturer or supplier is a more effective way to lower their operating costs while keeping production close to home. Outsourcing gives companies the flexibility to access additional labor only when needed, without the expense of maintaining a larger workforce.
Developing a strategic outsourcing partnership has the potential for cost-savings benefits beyond reducing labor costs. The key is to partner with an experienced, capable, and qualified manufacturing supplier that will offer more than the typical, narrowly-focused job shop.
Expanded Production Capability
Operating costs can be reduced and capabilities expanded by partnering with a manufacturing supplier that offers a wide range of production capabilities and a comprehensive stable of equipment. Outsourcing through a strategic manufacturing partnership means your supplier operates as an offsite extension of your business, offering you expanded production capability without the associated capital expense.
Access to Advanced Technologies
Outsourcing with a well-equipped and qualified manufacturing supplier allows access to advanced manufacturing technologies without the burden of ownership investment and overhead. Using the latest smart manufacturing technologies, productivity is enhanced and profitability streamlined through these highly efficient manufacturing processes. The unprecedented levels of accuracy and precision achieved by experienced experts using the latest technologies means a reduction in profit loss due to downtime and quality issues.
Better Product Design
The right manufacturing partner will work with you in the early stages of new product development to optimize your product design in ways that will ultimately save money, from material selection to production methods. Products can be made better by design in terms of quality, manufacturability, and efficiency. An experienced manufacturer can offer you the benefit of having already developed proven product design strategies, as well as the ability to anticipate problems that could potentially cost you money, decrease your productivity, or impact your product quality.
Winston Manufacturing serves a variety of industries as a strategic manufacturing partner for high quality components and equipment. We have invested heavily in the latest automated manufacturing equipment and skilled talent, positioning us to serve your production needs. As a company we are committed to investing in the industry’s best and most innovative technologies, such as our Salvagnini® Laser, Punching and Bending Systems and Virtek® LaserQC inspection equipment. When you partner with Winston, you’ll enjoy the advantages of this technology without the capital equipment cost. We’ve designed our processes to be flexible to best meet your project and delivery needs.