The Qimtek Blog

We are a dedicated team of experts watching, thinking and talking about the UK manufacturing industry.

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    Common Mistakes Buyers Make When Sourcing Subcontract Suppliers

    Sarah Venning Friday, September 6, 2019

    Many manufacturing buyers unwittingly fail to give their project the best chance of success. Here are the five most common mistakes buyers make when sourcing subcontract engineering suppliers.

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    Non-Disclosure Agreements & Qimtek: A Guide For Buyers

    Sarah Venning Friday, June 14, 2019

    Security is not something to be trivialised and we completely understand that this is a crucial consideration to most companies; however, by putting non-disclosure agreements in place unnecessarily, you may not receive as many quotes for your project as you were hoping for.

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    What Makes a Good Subcontract Engineering Supplier?

    Sarah Venning Friday, May 3, 2019

    Although placing an order with a new supplier is always – to an extent – a leap of faith, there are certain factors that you should bear in mind when putting a job out to quote.

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    In order to build supplier relationships that support your business through the early stages and beyond, there are a few points to bear in mind. Read on to find out how to prepare accordingly, as well as what to look for when selecting a subcontract supplier:

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    5 Easy Ways to Get More Quotes

    Sarah Venning Friday, February 15, 2019

    If you’re looking to maximise supplier interest in your subcontract engineering project, then there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you receive the best quotes from the right suppliers.

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    Four Ways to Streamline Your Manufacturing Supply Chain

    Sarah Venning Friday, February 1, 2019

    There are a few universal rules that you can follow to ensure your supply chain works to the best of its abilities.

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    Five Reasons to Use a National Supply Chain

    Sarah Venning Friday, December 14, 2018

    In recent years, UK engineering and manufacturing has seen something of a resurgence. It’s crucial to the future of our national industry that we support it and nurture it; furthermore, from a purchasing perspective, you may find that it actually makes a lot of business sense to fulfil subcontract engineering orders locally.

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    A Day in the Life of a Qimtek Sourcing Advisor

    Sarah Venning Friday, November 24, 2017

    Qimtek’s sourcing team look after the manufacturing buyers who use our service to identify new subcontract engineering suppliers. Caroline Ogden has been with Qimtek for over 21 years and has a wealth of sourcing experience and knowledge. I asked her to describe a typical day on the sourcing team and to give some insight into her responsibilities.

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    For far too long, there was little or no data on the strength of engineering supply chains in the UK. However, there is now fact-based evidence which shows the fragile state they are in. The data reveals a contradiction in the minds of engineers; 42% believe supply chains are at breaking point, although 74% expect an increase in turnover during the next twelve months.

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    The UK is seeing a number of its OEMs returning production to home soil, after decades of haemorrhaging subcontract engineering business to companies based overseas.