We at Rebling Plastics find that using both local and international toolmakers enable us to meet the budget and delivery needs of our customers. Many companies have found that plastic injection molding parts overseas is not cost effective for a myriad of reasons, however, there are also distinct advantages of tooling made oversees.
The Advantages of Tooling Made Overseas
The biggest advantage of making molds overseas is the cost. Typically, tools are ¼ to ½ the price of US toolmakers. After a long search, we have found a source that delivers molds that are equal in quality to our domestic sources. Another advantage to consider with tooling made overseas is the high-volume capability that international manufacturers can bring to the table. In conjunction with savings, some international manufacturers can produce a very large amount of quality molds quickly. The ability for international toolmakers to adjust to influxes in demand for products helps ensure that demands are met, a crucial aspect of growing and maintaining a business.
The Disadvantages of Tooling Made Overseas
One of the major disadvantages is the lack of availability of specialty plastic injection molding materials. Shipping material halfway around the world can be expensive. Some international suppliers are particularly adept at assisting with mitigating some of the associated costs with shipping overseas, however, companies must also do their due diligence to establish how customs will impact their bottom line. In addition to potentially high shipping costs, molds shipped by sea take 6-8 weeks to deliver after approval of plastic injection molded samples. Air freight can significantly reduce this delivery time, but can be prohibitively expensive, especially with large molds. To overcome this problem, we at Rebling Plastics can have the first 8 weeks of production run at the mold manufacturer’s facility.