Why should I buy rubber products from a rubber manufacturer in the UK?
29th August, 2019
When it comes to buying rubber products, you have two choices: buy from a stockist or supplier, or order directly from the manufacturer. In the past, it was far simpler (and more cost-effective) to order from a supplier. They dealt with complicated manufacturer negotiations and offered a range of pre-fabricated products to customers.
With the dawn of the internet came increased manufacturer accessibility, meaning it started making more sense to buy your rubber directly from the manufacturer. By cutting out the middleman, many individual consumers and businesses are able to access a number of benefits.
Rubber manufacturers are experts
When it comes to giving advice on every aspect of a product, you can’t beat asking the person that made it. Rubber manufacturers are experts in the design, production, and finishing of their products, meaning they’ll be in a better position to give you any specialist information you need.
A rubber manufacturer will also tend to stock a much larger product range than a supplier. Because of this, you will benefit from a much more varied selection of rubber products.
Rubber manufacturers offer bespoke services and products
Sometimes, even the most varied pre-fab product range just won’t suffice. Unfortunately, although a supplier may be able to request additional products for you, they are rarely able to order special products on your behalf.
If you require a bespoke product to fit an incredibly specific application, you will be able to discuss these specifications with a manufacturer. They will be able to advise you regarding the various compound options available to you, as well as ensure your project is within budget and still meets any necessary safety specifications.
Rubber manufacturers do not charge “mark-up” as suppliers do in order to make a profit
As mentioned previously, buying directly from the manufacturer cuts out the “middle man”. This, in turn, cuts out the mark-up costs charged by wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers for their additional services such as organised product ranges and customer service.
These days, it is much simpler to simply get in touch with the manufacturer directly. Although wholesalers buy in bulk at low prices and add their own mark-up in order to make a profit, you will still find that the original retail price – if you buy directly from the manufacturer – is much cheaper.
Additionally, the price of adding bespoke components or changing the compounds used in your order can be considered in the costing of your project if you buy directly from the manufacturer. If you bought from a stockist, this might not even be an option.
Rubber manufacturer’s warranties are often longer, more extensive, and less expensive
A manufacturer’s warranty will tend to cover a product for approximately 12 months after purchase, for a reduced price compared to shop-bought warranty.
Additionally, negotiation with the manufacturer to include more detailed, relevant warranty features will likely be charged at a much lower rate than shop-bought warranty, or warranty policies bought through a stockist.
Bespoke Rubber Products direct from Aquaseal Rubber
Aquaseal Rubber is a bespoke rubber products manufacturer in the UK focused on delivering swift replies on all enquiries, maximum information on materials, and realistic lead times. Get in touch with a member of our team today to discuss your order requirements.