For developers and marketers of devices and machines, we can take over the complete production and assembly and thus become their “factory”.
What is Contract Manufacturing?
Contract manufacturing involves outsourcing the entire manufacture of a product (e.g. device, apparatus or machine).
The contract manufacturer assumes responsibility for production, assembly, purchasing, logistics, testing, documentation and the entire supply chain management of the products concerned. In addition, after-sales activities (e.g. spare parts, service) can also be transferred to the contract manufacturer.
In some cases, the term “turnkey manufacturing” is used for contract manufacturing. In Switzerland, one also speaks of “system construction”.
Advantages Contract Manufacturing
Thanks to Contract Manufacturing, the client can focus on his core competencies such as the development, sales and marketing of his product. In doing so, he can also make a significant part of his fixed costs variable — manufacturing costs are only incurred if the product is actually demanded and sold. As a result, contract manufacturing is particularly popular with startups, but also in cyclical markets.
Graphic: Variabilization of costs
If a company produces and/or assembles its own products, even a small drop in sales can lead to a loss, depending on the proportion of material costs.
Stoppani Contract Manufacturing AG is a leading contract manufacturer in Switzerland, which has already achieved annual sales of > CHF 250 million.
She has a very broad experience in the industry. For many years, it has been serving high-tech industries such as medtech, semiconductors, vacuum, optics and aerospace, as well as traditional sectors such as the mechanical engineering and automotive industries.
Their infrastructure is modern and highly flexible. Thanks to one of Switzerland’s largest cleanrooms, class 7 (ISO 14644–1), the high requirements for packaging and assembly processes in the semiconductor, high-vacuum and medtech industries, for example, can also be met.
Qualified mechatronic engineers and assembly specialists, comprehensive know-how in supply chain and project management, a worldwide supplier network and consistent use of lean methods allow the SwissFactory.Group to implement complex assembly projects with maximum reliability and short lead times.
SwissFactory.Group is constantly developing its competencies — with a strong focus on digitalisation, speed & sustainability. For example, customers are now offered the possibility of setting up direct interfaces between IT systems.
A contract manufacturing project always has points of contact with engineering and with various manufacturing technologies at the component level. If necessary, these competences can be drawn on at any time within the framework of the SwissFactory.Group. However, there are no obligations to purchase services from Group companies (e.g. purchase of components).
Photo: cleanroom Stoppani Contract Manufacturing AG