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Global Manufacturing Gives You More Options and More Resilient Supply Chains

Now more than ever, your business needs protection from supply chain disruption risks. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a domino effect of supply chain disruptions, and industry analysts aren’t predicting relief anytime soon.

But here’s some good news: Your custom-molded rubber and thermoplastic components can be manufactured at one of our several locations around the world – United States, Mexico, Europe or China. Our global manufacturing facilities operate under strict ISO guidelines, including ISO 13485, IATF 16949, and ISO 9000. Our facilities also operate under a corporate-wide Environmental Management System registered to the International Standards Organization ISO-14001.

How We’re Mitigating Supply Chain Challenges

While Minnesota Rubber & Plastics is not immune to growing supply chain disruptions – and we know our customers are experiencing similar challenges – we intentionally planned our manufacturing practices for resilience. Here are a few ways we are supporting our customers during this time:

  1. Localized Production
    Localization is a core strategy for us. We believe in producing parts where they’re consumed, whenever possible. To support our customers, we have production facilities in USA, Mexico, Europe and China. This allows us to have a manufacturing presence close to the locations where our customers are producing finished products. Manufacturing location decisions can be made per part, depending on part complexity, labor content, supply chain risk level, unpredictable demand, and more.

    Because of our diverse manufacturing facilities, we’re able to produce parts through the lowest risk and most efficient methods. For example, some of our customers supply the same rubber components in both the USA and China. By producing the component in two locations, at both our China and US facilities, we’re able to speed time for production and minimize risk of component production and shipping delays.
  2. Flexible Fulfillment Options
    To enhance your supply chain continuity, your elastomer and thermoplastic components and assemblies can be manufactured and supported in several Minnesota Rubber & Plastics locations around the world. We provide flexible fulfillment options and capabilities in prototype development and co-development in many geographies.
  3. Geographical Manufacturing Diversification
    Reliable suppliers around the world are encountering problems with consistent delivery of components because of disruptions in the global supply chain. With our diverse manufacturing locations, and our philosophy to manufacture everything start-to-finish locally, many of our customers have realized the benefits of our production-replication capabilities in diverse locations.
  4. Supply Chain Consolidation
    We are able to provide flexible fulfillment options and capabilities in prototype and co-development in many geographies. For original equipment manufacturers with operations in North America, we can provide a continuity of supply, from sourcing elastomer materials made in the United States, to compounding the material and manufacturing the components in multiple North American facilities – many of our parts never cross a border. Further, we can take proprietary compounds and securely manufacture them in our facility in China while protecting the IP in our customers’ designs.
  5. Material Flexibility & Custom Development
    The strong relationships we have with multiple suppliers allows our customers to rely on us for sourcing. For example, one raw material, Silicone, is significantly lacking in supply. Our supply chain professionals and engineers are trained to look for alternatives at every step, and our in-house materials-science expertise gives us the ability to produce production-intent prototypes from any material in our ever-expanding library. Not only does this benefit our customers by providing more options but offers an opportunity to hand-pick available ingredients for a formulation that meets every requirement. This custom development process often produces better price and performance results, as well as product ingenuity. Learn more about the pros and cons of LSR vs black rubber materials here.

Additional Resources

Check out this article written by our Global Supply Chain Director: Seven things manufacturers can do right now to address supply chain challenges
released November 2021

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