Is the grade you buy really your only option? Have you checked if the drawing says ‘or alternative’ or lists another grade?
Very often moulders are paying premium prices for a specified grade they believe they have to buy – without ever checking if they have the flexibility to buy another grade.
What does this mean?
This means missing out on the potential opportunity to source a lower-priced alternative grade. It’s limited business thinking. Hardie Polymers have a wide reach of suppliers. We have access to both the grade you are using and better price options for you. Also, we can help with your purchasing strategy.
Do you always understand how our industry works?
For example, when buying Flame Retardant material, do you know if you require yellow carded VO or ‘tested to’ UL 94 VO material? Do you know the important differences?
At Hardie Polymers we can offer the on-hand expertise to advise you. We will help you understand the differences – and so avoid costly mistakes.
Because we have built up years of industry experience, we can say we understand the bigger supply chain picture. We know the intricacies and how the supply network operates and interacts. And what does this mean to you? It means we can save you, as our customer, significant sums of money.
Are you forced to accept larger quantities of material than you need? Is the MOQ too high for you?
We keep saying it, but our long-standing experience, and our wide network of over 350 suppliers gives our customers huge advantages. We work hard and competitively to work around MOQs and offer our customers the actual quantity they need, and not what they are forced to take.
Such quantity control keeps your inventory in check and helps your business to work more effectively, economically, and productively.
We can also review your purchasing strategy and establish if placing an annual contract, or increasing your order quantity would save you money.
We could perhaps offer a compound with some reprocessed content (dependant on application) in order to reduce your cost.
Problem Lead Times
At Hardie Polymers we take calls every week from moulders in the automotive and aerospace sectors who have suddenly been faced with more than 20 week lead-times or a high MOQ, who believe they have no alternative purchasing option.
Not true. More often than not we are able to assist and find other options, supplying exactly the required material in order that our customers meet their production deadlines. Again, upscaling efficiency, and ultimately profits.