23 February 2017
When it comes to choosing a rubber company to work with, it can be a challenge to pick from the many companies out there.
We look at some of the factors you should look for when trying to decide if a rubber company is the right fit for you.
Experience + Expertise
Looking for a business that has both experience and expertise is a key. A rubber company that has been business for many years will have seen the changes in technology. And will have to stay up to date to stay in business. Another benefit of experience is being in business long enough to gain expertise. Working on a wide variety of projects, each with their own challenges is how companies gain expertise. Chances are they have worked on some complicated products. This means they should be comfortable understanding the customer need as well as the complexities a project can bring.
Willing to have a conversation
A good rubber company will be willing to take the time to answer your questions and explain the manufacturing process. Sometimes you won’t know the best type of rubber for your project. They should be able to make offer you options based on your specifications and highlight strengths of each rubber. At the end of the day, if they aren’t able to answer your questions to your satisfaction, they aren’t the right fit for you.
A reputable rubber company will champion transparency. They should know how they source their materials, and how its produced. This would include any ISO certification that they may have. This supports the quality of materials used so you can be sure that it meets your specifications. Transparency helps limit liability for both parties involved. If they don’t offer traceability as standard, ask them if this is something they can provide for your project.
A quality rubber company should be able to offer you options in a wide variety of materials. Not all projects will requite a top of the line rubber, so they should have rubbers that suit a range of prices and requirements. If they don’t offer what you’re looking for as standard, see if they can source the rubber for your project.
Depending on your needs and the size of your project, location may be a more important factor. Choosing a company closer in location can helpful as you know where they are located. This helps support local businesses as well. Choosing an overseas manufacturer may mean a reduction in quality. They may not be able to be as transparent about their products or answer your questions. It depends on what you are using the rubber for and what your specifications are.
The factors that are important to you may differ from person to person. It is important to do your own research and make sure you’re comfortable with the service and the products you’ll be getting before putting in an order.
If you’re ready to work with a quality rubber company, try Aquaseal Rubber. We manufacture a variety of rubber products for industry and manufacturing. Get in touch with our team