Benefits of Working With a Manufacturer in the U.S.

Rubber is an important part of our lives. We depend on rubber for everything from tires to pipe fittings to the soles of shoes.

The rubber products we enjoy for everyday life are manufactured in plants across the United States and the world.

Rubber manufacturers and those working with companies that produce rubber products are tempted to work with rubber manufacturers in other countries where they can get the rubber cheaper. After all, rubber producers and manufacturers want to keep operating costs down in order to make a profit.

Increasing Costs of International Rubber

For many years, such companies have gone to countries such as China for cheap rubber components and products.

While this offshoring has saved companies money on purchasing supplies in the past, the cost savings are now so minimal that in many cases, it is more worthwhile to work with a U.S. rubber manufacturer.

The costs of getting foreign rubber products are diminishing as the costs to attain them have been increasing.

China, once the most popular source of cheap rubber, now has additional costs that make its rubber not so cheap.

Here are some of the rising costs associated with purchasing rubber from China:

  • Investments in equipment and facilities
  • Production costs
  • Product handling and inventory
  • Transit to port
  • Tariffs and taxes
  • Insurance
  • Shipping
  • Receiving and distribution in United States
  • Product inspections
  • Correcting quality problems
  • Labor
  • Trips to and from China for operations and quality control
  • The frequent correcting of mistakes and poor quality work

China is not the exception. Working with rubber manufacturers in other countries such as Mexico and India which have been traditionally sources of cheap rubber results in overcoming the same cost-benefit dilemma.

More companies are turning to U.S. rubber manufacturers because of these increases in bringing the rubber to North America.

Saving money is the biggest growing advantage North American companies are gaining over their foreign counterparts. This isn’t the only benefit they offer.

Here are some additional benefits to be had by partnering with a rubber manufacturer in the U.S.:

  • Comparable production costs
  • Superior quality product
  • Skilled, adequately compensated workforce
  • No tariff, taxes, insurance, or shipping
  • Less inspections are required
  • Less fixing of mistakes and poor-quality work
  • Easier and quicker trips and transport of products
  • It supports American workers and increases U.S. jobs
  • Uniform standard of operations, environmental, safety and health compliance measures all manufacturers must abide by
  • Increase company public relations by making products domestically
  • Offer a wider variety of shapes, sizes and thickness

The benefits of working with a U.S. rubber manufacturer outweighs the advantages of going internationally and brining in the rubber from overseas.

Whether your company sells tires, rubber-sole shoes, consumer goods, appliances or work for with the government, you can be sure to get quality rubber and rubber products by working with a U.S. rubber manufacturer.

Clark’s Rubber and Plastics is a proud U.S. rubber and plastics manufacturer with many years in the business. Our trained workers utilize the latest tools, equipment and technology to efficiently produce the highest-quality rubber products.

For more information about our products or to partner with us, contact us at Clark’s Rubber and Plastics today.