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How does contract manufacturing work and what are its key points?
Contract manufacturing is a process where a business hires another company to produce all or part of a product. The hiring company provides the design or formulation to the contract manufacturer, who then duplicates or enhances it. The promotion and advertising of the product are typically handled by the hiring firm. The process begins with the contract manufacturer (CM) providing a quote for the components based on processes, labor, tooling, and material costs. The hiring agency may request quotes from several CMs and, after a bidding process, selects a source. The chosen CM then acts as the hiring agency's manufacturing facility, producing and shipping goods according to the hiring agency's design, for the agreed-upon cost. Contract manufacturing offers several benefits. Companies can save on capital costs as they don't have to pay for a facility and the equipment needed for manufacturing. They can also save on labor costs such as wages, training, and benefits. Contract manufacturers often have their own quality control strategies in place, which can help detect counterfeit or damaged supplies early. Additionally, since contract manufacturers serve multiple companies, they can offer lower prices for raw materials by leveraging economies of scale.
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