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  • The True Cost of an Overseas Supplier

    The next section of the US Commerce Department's “Assess Costs Everywhere” website (http://acetool.commerce.gov/travel) discusses the travel costs associated with having an overseas supply partner. These are certainly costs that many people overlook, but they can add up fast.

    According the the website, “The average American business traveler spent $4,563 per trip abroad in 2012, of which $2,458 was spent on airfare. Business travelers went abroad an average of 4.7 times in 2012, and the average length of each trip was 16.9 days.”

    The number of trips abroad required by any specific relationship will ebb and flow over time. Initially there is likely to be very intense and frequent trips as the relationship gets off the ground or the new facility gets up and running. After the first year or two the frequency and duration may taper off, but any new product launch or new equipment expansion will likely result in renewed travel frequency for a time. Many of these trips are unplanned or planned at the last minute, or require arrival and/or departure on a specific day in order to deal with a situation which drives up the travel costs significantly.

    Not surprisingly, the countries currently most likely to be chosen for manufacturing outsourcing have the highest average airfares from the United States. In 2013, an economy class ticket to China, Japan, or anywhere in Europe was between $1,000 and $1,400. Contrast this with the average air fare for flights within the Untied States of $382 in 2013.

    One of the more challenging costs associated with Travel is the “... opportunity cost that arise from having personnel or executives out of the office for extended periods of time.” Given that the average traveler makes 4.7 trips a year and that the average trip is 16.9 days long, “American business people traveling abroad may be spending more than two months each year working overseas.” That's two months away from your own facility and two months away from your customers.

    It's certainly possible to have a long-distance relationship with a supplier, and these days Skype calls and video conferencing can certainly provide better communication channels than 10 years ago. There are often indirect costs associated with this communication as well. Generally these communications have to be during off-hours because of time zone differences which can increase stress and reduce the energy and focus on innovation.

    For anyone who has traveled abroad, the final point the ACE tool makes is the cost of figuring out and working with different cultures and people who speak different languages. The most successful international supply relationships are dependent on employees on both sides being able to speak the other company's language. The investment required to hire, retain, and train someone domestically who is capable of speaking the language of the supplying company, and hopefully understanding their cultural norms, should not be ignored. Having someone on your payroll doing the interpreting is critical if any amount of trust is to be built between the companies.

    In conclusion, the costs of travel (direct flight and hotel costs and the costs of being away from the office) and communication costs can be significant. These should be fully allocated to the costs of the products supplied by overseas companies when making the decision to source locally or extend the supply chain in hopes of realizing savings.

    Posted Friday, May 1, 2015 by: Charlie Braun
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  • Custom Rubber Corp. continues to add new products and customers

    Custom Rubber Corp. continues to add new products and customers.  The website is a catalog of success - successes organized by industry and by application-product usage.  Some of the recent additions are in Automotive, Protective Cases, Rubber to Metal Bonding, Electronics, Round Gaskets and Seals, and more.

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  • More Part Examples Posted

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added two more part examples to the website.  Read on....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. adds new Videos to YouTube channel

    Custom Rubber Corp. added five new videos to the company's YouTube channel.  All the videos will be used for instructional purposes during the shift-start meetings that take place every day. 

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  • Custom Rubber - Second Place, Educational Outreadh

    Custom Rubber Corp. won Second Place for the ARPM's Educational Outreach Award in late 2019.

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  • "Engineer for a Day" Tour

    On February 22, 2019, Custom Rubber Corp. hosted high school students for a day-long exposure to Engineering.  The event is organized annually by Cleveland State University and Custom Rubber Corp. has participated the last three years.  
    The tour event was also the first time Custom Rubber Corp. used a new audio tour guide system.  After winning a $750 prize associated with the "Educational Outreach" award from ARPM (Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers), CRC purchased a system of 10 receiving headphones and a microphone transmitter.  
     

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  • Custom Rubber Corp.'s Innovative Use of Vision Technology

    John Bellett presented at the Industry Benchmarking conference about Custom Rubber Corp.'s innovative use of vision technology, both for part inspection and also for mold safety. (Photo Courtesy of Creative Technology)

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  • Developing Next Generation

    Custom Rubber Corp. presented at the annual industry Benchmarking conference in Indianapolis back in October about their efforts to attract the next generation of folks to the manufacturing industry.

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  • Rubber News article: Custom Rubber Corp. hosts ARPM Tour

    The October issue of Rubber and Plastics News has a two page article discussing Custom Rubber Corp.'s approach to manufacturing employment and some technological investments the company has made.  The entire article is available here....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. Tour

    On September 26, 2018, Custom Rubber Corp. hosted a tour of High School students from Warrensville Heights High School.  The students are in an Engineering and STEM class.  The students learned a bit about what makes manufacturing in general exciting and also some specifics about molding rubber.  At the end of the tour, the students were given a project....

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  • Custom Rubber - Building the Next Generation

    Custom Rubber Corp. is facing the same challenges many other companies are facing: Where can we find additional, dedicated employees who have some training?
    At Custom Rubber Corp., there is a movement to do something about it....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp Upgrades Quality Capabiltieis

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added significant quality inspection capabilities that utilize the latest in automated vision inspection equipment.

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  • Great Place to Work

    Custom Rubber Corp. released a new video sharing the experiences of employees.  Potential employees can watch to find out what kind of work environment Custom Rubber offers and see the type of work.  Custom Rubber Corp. is now hiring, $11.85 starting wage for night shift.

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. article in Inside Rubber Magazine

    Custom Rubber Corp. was featured in an article in the most recent Inside Rubber Magazine.  The article discusses the continuous improvement approach that Custom Rubber Corp. is taking with Mill Drills and Safety.

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  • Molded Round Seals / Molded Round Gaskets - How To

    Custom Rubber Corp. just updated and added information to the Round Molded Gasket / Round Molded Seals page.  The information includes the three primary ways to produce a round gasket or seal and what the advantages and drawbacks are to each.  Also discussed are three primary technical issues that are important to selecting the right type of round gasket and/or round seal.

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  • Colored Rubber Molding - How To

    Custom Rubber Corp. added content to its website with a host of information about molding colored rubber.  The information includes five reasons why Custom Rubber Corp. is one of the leaders in molding colored rubber products and four reasons why product developers, engineers, and companies in general should consider specifying a color other than black for their next rubber molded component. 

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  • Custom Rubber Grommets - How To

    When desigining a custom molded grommet, there are a number of things to consider.  Custom Rubber Corp. recently added detailed information regarding the issues or questions that need to be answered and an outline of how to work through the steps.

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  • Protective Case Design How-To

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added detailed, step-by-step information regarding how to design a custom silicone rubber protective case for your electronic device or instrument.

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  • Rubber Bellows Design How-To

    Custom Rubber Corp. added information related to designing molded rubber bellows and molded rubber convoluted boots.  Information is now available on the five steps or questions that designers need to consider when developing a custom molded rubber boot or bellow.

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  • New Look For Molded Rubber Products Website

    We're very excited about the recent launch of our new website. Much of the content is carried over - our old site had excellent illustrations of the types of products we make and customers we serve - but the look and feel of the site is much more up to date. We've included some larger photos showing some of our employees at work and have updated many of the product pictures.

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