What do I need to know before starting a production?


How to prepare my inquiry for a production:

The inquiry is the beginning of the procurement process. This sometimes requires extensive preparations on the customers' part. The better prepared the customer enters the production process, the better the end result will be. This can be easily explained using several key examples.

At the beginning there is the question, which product do I want to produce? That sounds pretty simple first, but it's often not as simple as it seems. This is where most people fail because they don't deal enough with their product and its requirements. 

Apart from the economic potential, which we would like to leave out of this article, it is important to clarify basic physical characteristics of your product. The better the customer is prepared and informed, the easier it will be to find a manufacturer and communicate with the factory later on. One of the most important questions is the composition of the product:


  • Which materials should be used for my product?
  • How would I like to individualize my product?
  • Would I like to choose from the manufacturer's existing range or develop a fundamentally new and innovative product?
  • Which certificates do I need for my product, e.g. which substances and materials are permitted on my sales market?
  • What quantity do I want to start with?
  • Do I need different variants/ styles/ sizes of my product?
  • What about the patent protection for my product?

Once these questions have been clarified, the second step is directly geared to implementation. The customer should prepare final drafts of his designs and logos and keep them ready. If a new mold is needed for the product, a CAD model is essential. 
A customer should implement these points as well as possible beforehand. Of course manufacturers can also support this later on. Some manufacturers, for example, also employ internal designers who actively support customers in the implementation of their ideas. 

However, if the customer is well prepared, this makes the subsequent cooperation and communication much more pleasant. This automatically increases the value of a customer for the factory. Manufacturers like nothing less than customers who only want to inform themselves extensively and finally do not place an order. This is why manufacturers also take a close look at their customers before working with them. A professional factory expects an equally professional customer (read more). Besides the preparation regarding the product, the personal professional appearance also counts here. If the customer already has a registered company or is working for a larger well-known enterprise, this increases the chances of cooperation considerably. A company email address, a serious online presence or a high-turnover web shop also have a positive effect. Here the factory sees the chance that a long-term successful cooperation can develop, from which both sides can profit in the end.