Throughout industry and construction, galvanized steel sees widespread use wherever corrosion resistance is important. However, your manufacturing facility may not have the capacity for in-house galvanization—there’s a cost in time and money for installation and training workers. The alternative is outsourcing to a metal fabrication company with its own galvanizing plants. Here are some things to consider when making this decision.
What Do You Save by Outsourcing?
To decide if outsourcing is the right option, start by assessing the costs you’d save versus those that you’d incur. Compare the costs of in-house installation, materials, training and waste disposal to the necessary transportation and contracting with the partner company. Also, think about how much galvanization you’re likely to need. If you don’t frequently need galvanized steel during regular production, installing the equipment isn’t worth it. That money could be directed towards other aspects of your business.
What Are Your Prospective Partners?
It can be daunting to trust another business to provide you with the parts or materials you need, but some prior research goes a long way. Start by looking into local businesses in your area, taking the time to assess their services. It’s important to establish that they can do what you need, and this goes beyond equipment. Ask about certifications, experience, testimonies from past clients, how they ensure compliance with regulations, etc.
Establishing the Partnership
When making a contract with a metal fabrication company, transparency and open communication are vital. Make it clear what you need and leave no room for chance or faulty assumptions. At the same time, be ready to demonstrate what you can offer in the deal. Even after the initial contract is signed, the partnership will be most successful for everyone involved if both parties stay in touch; provide input and feedback, ask questions and make an effort to ensure that both companies benefit.