TERRY & SONS UPHOLSTERY CO
LUKE ADAMS, GENERAL MANAGER
SIMON BARTTER CEO DELTAPAK
Having a world class supply chain is critical to URM’s success. QualityTrade.com is by far our preferred platform for sourcing high quality equipment and materials.”
DAVID JOHNSTON, GENERAL MANAGER, URM GROUP
A manufacturing business is one that uses components, parts and raw materials to create goods that can be on sold to businesses. Businesses buying from manufacturers are either looking to use these goods in the production of their own products (think parts for machines and so forth), or on sell these goods onto consumers, acting as a third party supplier (such as a supermarket or a hardware store).
Manufacturing companies range from simple, production-line based factories that make clothes, to far more sophisticated companies that assemble advanced electronics and automotive machines. They often use an assembly line, with the product put together in sequence moving along the workstations. This enables the final product to be put together as efficiently as possible with less manual labour.
In the 1960s things were very different. The entire manufacturing process was integrated. The manufacturing company would create the product, market it and on sell it to businesses or the consumer. Over the past 30 years, barrier protection to the manufacturing industry, such as tariffs, have been reduced, opening the doors to free trade access with developing countries around the world. This has significantly changed the way the industry operates. There is a now a hugely diverse supply chain, and lots of international trade is outsourced with a number of contributors used to create one product that is then sold on the consumers. Trading companies have also been established, taking on the role of the middle man, dealing with the cultural challenges, different languages and taking on a project management role. This adds an increased level of cost and creates an indirect supply chain. With these cultural and language barriers in place, it can be difficult to know whether you are dealing directly with the manufacturer, or a trading company, as there is a tendency for many companies to claim they are the manufacturer.
This is why, here at QualityTrade, we strongly believe in the value of certifications. We only promote companies who are ISO certified and generate trade for these high-quality, trustworthy companies. If you aren’t sure whether a company is truly a manufacturer, ask to see their certification and read it carefully to work out what company it belongs to. The scope of the certification will indicate the operations they are certified for.