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What are the True Costs of Outsourcing Fabrication Processes to Multiple Vendors?

semi trucks at warehouse for shipping and receivingOEMs (original equipment manufacturers) can end up spending an inordinate amount of time looking for the best, most efficient processes and contract fabricators to manufacture their products. While this is, at least on the surface, a worthy endeavor, where many go wrong is that they outsource to too many contractors. While each fabricator may indeed offer some sort of cost savings, when all factors are taken into consideration, it’s not unusual for OEMs to come out behind financially in the long run. This is due to costs that may not be readily apparent when outsourcing to multiple vendors. Today we’ll take a look at some of the most common hidden costs of inefficient outsourcing.

Expenses related to contractor management.

The bottom line is this: the more contractors used, the more complicated it quickly becomes to coordinate and manage them. This means hiring full-time staff members dedicated to just this set of tasks. However, it’s not just their salaries that create additional costs; there are also expenses related to employee travel. Any quality-focused OEM should expect to send QA/QC staff to visit their suppliers on a semi-regular basis to ensure production is up to their company’s standards. If an OEM were to choose not to do this, then they could easily have another set of big, expensive problems on their hands if a product fails due to poor quality. This may include loss of customer confidence and ultimately, lost sales opportunities.

Costs of additional shipping and unexpected logistics expenses.

Just like as stated above, the more contract manufacturers used, the greater the costs in certain areas. Nowhere is that truer than in shipping and logistics. When product is being shipped from multiple locations, rather than just one or two, many of the potential cost savings are quickly eaten away due to increased freight costs. Additionally, even the most well-managed programs can run into issues including shipping and production delays and in-transit damage. When items are delivered late, it can cause problems with the scheduling of processes done onsite, such as assembly, integration and finishing. One late delivery can have a massive negative effect on the finished product’s ultimate time to market, leading to a loss in customer trust and ultimately, revenue.

One-Stop Contract Manufacturing

The above “hidden” costs are all reasons why looking for a one-stop fabrication partner like EVS Metal can be an important strategy for reducing the expenses related to outsourcing. Come back next week and we’ll take a look at more ways in which inefficient fabrication outsourcing practices can create additional costs for OEMs.


EVS Metal is an American precision metal fabricator headquartered in Riverdale, NJ. We utilize the latest technology to cut, bend, weld and finish stand-alone items as well as parts for integration or assembly into more complex products. Our four ISO 9001:2015-certified locations comprise over 250,000 square feet of vertically-integrated manufacturing space and feature the most modern equipment available, from welding robots and laser cutting solutions to automated powder coating lines.

We serve a diverse customer base across North America, providing a range of services from ITAR-compliant, quick-turn prototypes to high-volume production runs. Request a personalized metal fabrication quote online, or call (973) 839-4432 to speak with a specialist today.

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