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Contract Metal Manufacturing – Breaking Down the RFQ Process

Posted on March 5, 2017 by Emily
Swift Metal Services. Contract Metal manufacturing. The RFQ Process


You are a manufacturer in Australia. You need to have a number of metal components manufactured to complete your products. Does your in-house manufacturing centre actually have the capacity and facilities to produce these parts efficiently and according to the required quality standard? You will need to outsource this work. But can you find a contract manufacturer that you can trust to produce your components quickly and according to the most effective production methods?

Choosing a contract manufacturing company can be challenging. Any element of your supply chain is a reflection on your company, so you need to make sure that any relationship you enter into adds value to your operations. To help you with this, we have compiled a list of critical features to look for in the perfect contract manufacturing company.

Now that you have selected a list of companies to contact, you still need some important information from them. You are already time poor so you want the RFQ process to be quick and straightforward so you can compare them and move forward with your requirements. Every potential supplier must have a detailed understanding of what you will require of them.

Prepare a standard RFQ template:

Let the vendors know the purpose of the RFQ and the final application of the metal part. Describe your company and provide any background information. Advise your quantity requirements, are you interested in seeing the pricing for more than one quantity break? Often the cost per unit will vary significantly between 500 or 1000 pieces; there can be considerable savings to be made with a larger quantity of components.

Drawings and quality:

Provide clear detailed drawings ensuring they include all dimensions, tolerances and materials as well as the required finish. If you are unsure of the best material or finish needed for your part, most metal manufacturing companies employ design specialists who will be able to assist you with the most effective material or surface finishing for your product. Furthermore, mark critical dimensions on your drawings to ensure the supplier can meet the requirement. This in turn guarantees the quality of your final product.

Shipping and Delivery:

Advise the potential suppliers of your required delivery location and packing requirements. A lot of metal manufacturing companies offer a turnkey process meaning they will offer the entire production process through to finishing and assembly, in addition to specialized packaging of the parts. Sometimes you may need split deliveries of parts. If the supplier is aware of this at the quoting stage he will be able to quote accordingly.


Advise the deadline for price submission as well as your required delivery date. The metal manufacturing supplier will then be able to determine if they can meet your lead-time with their current production level and the resources they have available.

Finally, you receive your responses and make your decision. Remember that you have just begun a relationship with an important supplier. You will need to cultivate this and keep an open and honest communication pipeline. Maintaining a healthy relationship with your contract manufacturing company is vital. They will become the strongest link in your supply chain. The solution to your in-house manufacturing problem.

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