Qimtek Case Study: Contracts Engineering

Flexible ordering to match customer demand

Contracts Engineering became Qimtek members in the middle of COVID and the national lockdown. "Their onboarding was smooth and quick, and we have won a couple new customers already.  Qimtek has been a huge help for us winning more work during such a challenging time!  In less than 4 months’ service we have already won enough orders to cover the annual investment." Here is a nice case study about how Contracts Engineering can help manufacture your products.

Contracts Engineering Ltd win contracts with Qimtek

Flexible ordering to match customer demand

This year has highlighted some vulnerabilities in the global supply chain, from transportation delays and price increases, to increases in manufacturing costs and challenges forecasting customer demand. When quality, speed and reliability of deliveries are critical, choosing a local manufacturer like Contracts Engineering Ltd is a no brainer.

Troy Barratt, Managing Director at Contracts Engineering Ltd (CEL), a leading UK-based steel and aluminium contract manufacturer, highlights the factors to consider when choosing a high-volume production partner, whilst creating a local supply chain is the smartest thing to do.

Design for high volume manufacturing

Certain design features add complexity and therefore add time and costs to manufacturing. At CEL, they have a design team working with clients to ensure the design is easy to manufacture in high volume. They also produce prototypes to ensure all recommended design changes are acceptable.

Manufacturing quality assurance at every stage

There’s nothing worse for a client than to place an order for thousands of units, pay upfront, and then realise on delivery that the drawings were mis-interpreted, or the quality is sub-standard. At CEL, they have strong Quality Assurance processes from prototyping to full-scale production - including materials certs on all steel and aluminium used in manufacture. Raw materials come from reputable British and European suppliers and mills, and all their coating partners maintain British Standards and international standards such as ISO:9001. CEL have also invested in robotics and computerised equipment to increase efficiency and maintain consistent high-quality production. In April 2020, they took delivery of their first robotic MIG welding plant, which is over two times faster on high volume production than a manual welder, with consistent quality on every part.

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Greater flexibility

CEL clients are also after flexibility, so CEL provides full-service support where they assemble, package and label products ready for distribution in weeks, rather than months. They agree call-off orders which let clients adjust requirements based on current demand, not on their best guess at time of placing the order. CEL also offer trading terms to clients, deliveries are straight forward and often same day. For those large and regular clients, they even store products in their warehouse and only invoice when they ship, greatly reducing inventory needs!

"Rotec Engineering is an advanced manufacturing business serving clients from many industrial sectors including Automotive, Medical, Defence and Electronics. Our state-of-the-art production facility boasts the very latest CNC fixed head turning, milling, and sliding head machines, which enables us to provide customers with a rapid turnaround at highly competitive rates. 

We initially joined the Qimtek membership in order to increase our existing customer base. 14 years later and Rotec have secured in lots of initial orders via the membership, with many of these customers, going on to place additional orders directly".

Sales Engineer from Rotec Engineering Ltd

We signed up to Qimtek one week ago, as we felt it would be beneficial in helping us to find new business. Within the first week, we had made contact with a client and manufactured some test bends. The client then came to visit us and we gave a tour of the factory. Within an hour, I had a purchase order for 50 aluminium frames, with scope for more orders in future. A great start to what I hope will be a long and successful relationship with Qimtek.

Michaels Moyers, Managing Director 

We signed up to Qimtek in the middle of COVID and the national lockdown.  Their onboarding was smooth and quick, and we have won a couple new customers already.  Qimtek has been a huge help for us winning more work during such a challenging time!  In less than 4 months’ service we have already won enough orders to cover the annual investment.  We would highly recommend them. They are a friendly and informative service with a clear and concise website. A great avenue to connect with specific and potential new clients. Within a short period, we have seen a positive up-turn in orders thanks to the new opportunities created through Qimtek Ltd."

Managing Director of Contracts Engineering Ltd

I have used Qimtek sourcing service several times, using a Non Disclosure Agreement and I must say, it works very effectively and does the job on sensitive projects. It saves us a lot of time as Qimtek collect the signed NDA's before releasing the drawings to potential suppliers to quote. I'm pleased with the responses coming back, and will be awarding my projects to Qimteks Supplier Members. I would highly recommend using Qimtek sourcing service with or without the nda, it's been successful everytime 

Design Engineer at Compak Ramps Ltd

"Qimtek offers a really good free service that keeps in touch with me when I need, and helps by sending information from possible suppliers, as well as finding additional suppliers (all within the UK) when my current supplier base can't manage the requirement. After having looked at similar services, the service offered by Qimtek is definitely the best in my opinion."

Buyer from Eskan Electronics Ltd

Having used Qimtek's sourcing service for only a few months, I have already managed to find 3-4 quality long-term suppliers. I have a dedicated sourcing account manager who has saved me a lot of hassle by finding the right suppliers for me, generating quotes very quickly and saving me a few days' worth of work each time. Qimtek were even able to accommodate a non-disclosure agreement on a sensitive project of mine. I simply requested to have the NDA in place and my sourcing account manager took care of the rest, ensuring that the agreement had been signed before drawings were released to individual suppliers and collating the signed documents on my behalf. The process really couldn't have been easier and it was all completely free of charge.I would definitely recommend Qimtek to any buyers who are looking to save time when sourcing new suppliers. 

Purchaser from JP Exhausts