If you’re a manufacturer of plastic parts you know how important finding the right equipment supplier is. This is because the supplier and equipment you choose can either help or harm your business.

Your goal should be to assess the players and the market and select someone you can partner with for the lifetime of the solution you invest in. A good quality machine coupled with exceptional aftersales service could see you increase operational efficiency and ultimately your bottom line.

So how do you know what to look out for? By making sure your equipment supplier ticks all the boxes using Ray Carters 10 Cs of Supplier Evaluation of course.


Ask yourself if your supplier has the necessary skills to meet your needs. You can take it a step further by looking at their customer track record and finding out if past and present customers have experienced any problems.


Does this supplier have adequate capacity and resources to meet your needs? How quickly can they respond to fluctuations in the market? These elements are essential because you need to know if they can grow with you.


Your supplier needs to provide you with evidence that they are committed to quality. Can they commit to a consistent level of service because this will directly impact your ability to produce quality products yourself?


Is your potential supplier in control of their policies and procedures? This is important because they need to be able to deliver consistently and reliably especially if they source tech from outside the country or are controlled by another organisation.


You need to partner with a supplier that is in good financial health. This element is essential because it means they are able to deliver on their promises during the ups and downs of an uncertain economy.

Lookout for part 2!

If you’re looking for a supplier of plastic manufacturing equipment that ticks all the boxes, contact Plastic & Chemical Trading today. Our solutions will set you apart from the competition and stand the test of time.