Our experience has shown that we can achieve a significant cost savings offshore and gain an important competitive advantage — without sacrificing the vital link between manufacturing and product innovation. With excellent communication and a transparent "open book" relationship, we're generating technical innovation on both sides of the planet.
Our manufacturing and equipment partners have proven that with a combination of unconventional choices, technical rigor and human investment, we can successfully transfer a demanding moisture-cured-urethane manufacturing process overseas without the slightest loss in product quality — even in one of the hottest and most humid climates in Asia.
Although our approach won't perfectly fit all manufacturers, it's certainly worth considering, regardless of company size.
DAVID CIGLAR is general manager of Rust Bullet, LLC, Reno, Nev. E-mail him at email@example.com.