The journey towards manufacturing will ultimately determine how well the final product is produced, which is why the LUMA-iD ensure we never rush entering this crucial stage of the product’s development. We have a strong history of manufacturing products in London for an array of clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Thanks to our strong network of manufacturing partners we oversee the process from start to end, delivering the finished article just as expected. Regardless of quantity we ensure your product is produced to the highest possible standard, manufactured from designs and prototypes developed by our in-house team.
Injection moulding is a process used to create a vast array of everyday plastic items, from TV remotes to car dashboards. The process starts with small pellets of plastic approximately 3-5mm in size. These are heated up inside a large cylinder until they are molten and then forced into a metal mould, normally called the ‘tool’ by a large screw. Once inside the tool, the plastic cools to become a solid part. The tool, which is normally made of two pieces of metal which fit tightly together, opens and the finished part is ejected. The tool then closes and the cycle repeats.
The main drawback of injection moulding is the investment required to make the mould tool. Tools can cost anywhere from £1,000 to £50,000 depending on size and complexity and can take weeks to complete. However, the extremely low cost of the finished parts far outweighs the initial outlay. Highly complex components can cost less than 1p each and thousands can be produced every day. Injection moulding is therefore the go to manufacturing method for quantities of 1,000-100,000 units per year or more.
Talk to LUMA-iD about your injection moulding project and tap into our network of trusted UK and international suppliers.
EASTERN EUROPE MANUFACTURING
Production in Eastern Europe is made easier thanks to its location, and the products can be transported efficiently throughout Europe and Asia. It is also worth bearing in mind that costs for some components may exceed Asian prices.
WHY SHOULD I MANUFACTURE IN EUROPE?
We have trustworthy contacts in Romania and Poland. The costs for manufacturing in Eastern Europe are roughly 20-40% more expensive than China. However costs of transportation can be reduced as these countries are within the EU the exportation process is straight forward. Furthermore the speed of transportation is an advantage, the products can be in the UK within 3 days after production. In comparison products from China by boat will take around 4-5 weeks. By Airplane from China the time can be approximately 5-7 days, yet the costs for air shipment is substantially higher then by boat.
HOW DO I KNOW MY PRODUCT HAS NOT BEEN COPIED?
As our Eastern Europe production facilities are in countries within the EU, the law protects us from anyone copying Intellectual Property. Although in China IP is also protected, in theory. In practise it is more common that people will copy ideas and start producing them in different countries. Having said that, in China it’s all about knowing trustworthy partners. In the 12 years we’ve produced numerous products in China, we have had no cases of IP infringement. Production in Eastern Europe can be a good idea when a product is new and still needs to be altered often. Romania is a lot closer by to discuss a product update than Shenzhen.
Although we have a long history of manufacturing products in London, we also partner with a number of reputable factories and producers in China. Our long-standing relationships ensures high-quality finishes and efficient turnarounds that meet your timelines.
WHY SHOULD I MANUFACTURE IN CHINA?
Outsourcing manufacture to China often lowers cost, but only when the order is in significant numbers of products. Anything too small makes the logistical overheads too high. Making injection moulds are cheaper too, plus you can save a lot of money by using Asian equivalents of core components such as common electronics parts or bolts.
HOW DO I KNOW MY PRODUCT IS NOT COPIED?
IP protection can be weak in parts of China, but with appropriate precautions, it’s easy to prevent your product being copied. While we have our own trusted partners, we also purchase components from certain vendors and assemble it at another facility so that know less about the overall product. Working like this gets your product out quickly at a low cost, which otherwise could be overtaken by competitors – possibly from China anyway.
We can ensure our designs are fully compatible with the individual specifications of any electronic manufacturer. Our panel of overseas experts provide detailed input with regards to final assembly and all custom electronic parts such as PCBs, batteries and screens. As a result, we turnaround your product with efficiency, speed and reliability.
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