1. Do you want to go with a US-based manufacturer or an overseas manufacturer?
This is the first big question that many product manufacturers face. Often, you will find that overseas manufacturers offer lower pricing due to inexpensive labor costs. But sometimes language barriers and product quality become an issue. The US-based manufacturers often have higher quality products but may be more expensive than overseas manufacturers. Determine what really matters to you and to your target consumers before making this first decision.
2. Do you have a business plan and a budget?
Product specifications are important and manufacturers will need those to determine whether or not they are willing and able to product your nonwoven fabrics. However, remember that the manufacturer is also determining whether or not they want to do business with your company. Ensure that you have a prepared business plan and a realistic budget before you begin contacting manufacturers.
3. Get personal.
Don’t make a big buying decision over the phone. If you’re ready to take the plunge with a nonwoven manufacturing partner, make an appointment to tour their facility. This face-to-face meeting will help you both feel more comfortable about your new partnership and will help your manufacturer fully understand your product.
Making the decision to engage a nonwoven manufacturing partner is just one of the first steps you’ll have to take to make your new product a reality.
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