5 Ways That Qimtek Can Help OEMs

Sarah is a sales & marketing content writer, with ten years of experience within the engineering & manufacturing industry.  Working both at Qimtek and on a freelance basis, she can usually be found hammering away at a keyboard or with her head in a pile of engineering drawings. 

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As the UK's leading subcontract manufacturing sourcing specialist, Qimtek offers a range of services to buyers and suppliers of all sizes. However, we recognise that OEMs often have a specific list of criteria within the sourcing process, largely owing to the amount and range of work that they tend to outsource.

We've crafted both our services and our online platform to meet these needs, meaning that as an OEM, you can use Qimtek with confidence. Here are five ways in which we help OEMs to build a solid supply chain and streamline their sourcing process:

We Help OEMs to Find Suppliers Quickly and Easily Through Our Drag, Drop, Source! Service:

Qimtek's Drag, Drop, Source! service is 100% free for buyers to use from start to finish.

As an OEM, chances are that you have an extensive list of subcontract requirements that need fulfilling on a regular basis. Sourcing for new suppliers can be time-consuming, especially if you're not sure where to look, or if your current supplier is unable to assist.

Qimtek's Drag, Drop, Source! service is 100% free for buyers to use from start to finish - whether or not you place your work with one of our Supplier Members. It is designed to help OEMs save the time and effort it takes to locate relevant suppliers, as well as to contact them individually. Simply upload your drawings and provide us with a few details and we'll do the rest, contacting suppliers with the necessary capabilities to assist on your behalf. Suppliers with the capacity to assist will then contact you directly with their quote. It really couldn't be simpler!

If your project is sensitive, then don't worry - we can ask suppliers to sign a non-disclosure agreement before viewing any technical drawings. Even if your project does not have an NDA in place, rest assured that Qimtek operates a closed network, meaning that members are prevented from sharing your project details and drawings by way of our own terms & conditions.

Click here to access our Drag, Drop, Source! service and get started on your project.

Access Second-to-None Knowledge of Subcontract Suppliers Through Your Qimtek Sourcing Account Manager:

At Qimtek, we like to support buyers & OEMs as much as possible throughout the sourcing process.

Placing business with a new supplier can sometimes feel a bit nerve-wracking - after all, you have no previous first-hand experience of their quality standards or reliability. At Qimtek, we like to support buyers & OEMs as much as possible throughout the sourcing process, which is why you'll have access to your own Qimtek sourcing account manager if you submit a project to our network.

As well as being able to help you with admin-based tasks, such as loading your projects, collating signed non-disclosure agreeme​​nts before releasing drawings, and contacting suppliers on your behalf, our sourcing account managers also have unparalleled knowledge of the suppliers within our network. This means that they'll be able to support and advise you as much as you need, allowing you to make an informed decision on how and where to place your business.

Click here to meet the Qimtek team and get to know your sourcing account manager.

Browse Suppliers at Your Own Leisure Using Both Our Online & Printed Directories:

Our online directory contains the capabilities and contact details of hundreds of UK subcontract engineering suppliers.

If you prefer to source the traditional way, then Qimtek has all the tools you need to get started. Our online directory contains the capabilities and contact details of hundreds of UK subcontract engineering suppliers, allowing you to browse according to location and in-house facilities. Instead of spending hours sifting through search engine results and having to access each company website individually to find out if a supplier is a good match, our online directory brings all of the information you need together in one place, saving you time and making it easy to locate a supplier that fits the bill.

In addition to our online directory, our printed Interactive Manufacturing Directory is used by thousands of UK OEMs and buyers each year. We've grouped suppliers by their in-house capabilities in one easy-to-use book, meaning that you're almost guaranteed to find a supplier who is able to assist with your requirements. What's more, each supplier listing contains a QR code, so that you can navigate to their full online profile with ease.

Click here to access our online engineering directory.

Click here to request a copy of Qimtek's Interactive Manufacturing Directory.

Build a network of suppliers for both your immediate and future sourcing requirements:

Our online sourcing platform is designed with the busy OEM in mind.

Our online sourcing platform is designed with the busy OEM in mind, meaning that we've included lots of great tools to help you streamline your sourcing process. Chances are that you will receive multiple quotes back from any projects you submit to the Qimtek network; however, you will probably only be able to award the work to one or two suppliers. Qimtek's sourcing platform allows you to build unique lists of any shortlisted suppliers for future use and reference, meaning that the next time you have a similar requirement, you'll have a bank of suitable suppliers at your fingertips.

These lists are completely bespoke to your requirements, allowing you to tag suppliers according to process, delivery times, accreditations, or anything else that you may require at short notice!

Click here to tour our online sourcing platform and request a demonstration.

Qimtek reviews allow you to make informed choices when selecting your next supplier:

We like to take the guesswork out of partnering with new suppliers, which is why we launched our reviews platform back in 2017.

We like to take the guesswork out of partnering with new suppliers, which is why we launched our reviews platform back in 2017. Buyers can see how other purchasers have rated suppliers based upon the criteria that matter, such as communication, quality and delivery. Featuring a star rating and additional buyer comments, you'll be able to assess potential new suppliers at a glance, allowing you to move forward with confidence knowing that your business is in safe hands. Once the job is complete, you'll be able to leave a review of your own, which can be a great way to thank suppliers and share your experiences with others. Just be aware that suppliers are also given the option to review you too!

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For more information on our sourcing service and how we can help you to find new subcontract suppliers, please call our friendly sourcing team on 01256 394 500, or email sourcing@qimtek.co.uk.