Minerals & Metallurgy are the most important of all departments of a company, yet it’s only heard from so often. Its often heard about in business terms: “Inventory management, production and engineering,” and nothing else. Who are these suppliers that we hear about? It’s quite obvious by looking at the source that some of these suppliers may not be as trustworthy as others.
Going through suppliers by name, does give us a picture of the average supplier, but it is not a picture that is full of positive colors. Many of the supplier s that we often see in trade publications are just part of the problem. They are quite possibly less than honest and more than a few may even be dishonest.
Let’s take a look at what a mineral / metallurgist’s source of supplies looks like. In addition to raw materials, they will be supplied with finished products. Depending on what the final product will be, it will have a supplier of its own. Let’s look at how that might work.
An example of this would be the manufacture of motor vehicle parts and after-market additions. The metals used for these components will be mixed and tested by a specialist facility, as the quality of the finished product will be critical. The quality of the metals must be up to scratch, and on top of this, the integrity of the equipment must be in order. If the manufacturer and supplier are working together, then this quality will be maintained. On the other hand, if this is just a one-off deal, then the integrity of the finished product will be thrown away.
What can b2b do about this, the manufactures of cars, for example? Well, there are many resources available for the average consumer. Where do we turn?
First, there are the online resources such as the manufacturers’ websites and the large-scale manufacturing industry. The manufacturers’ sites contain contact information, which could be very useful, particularly to those who have their products manufactured overseas.
Next, we have the most obvious choice, which is the trade publication that lists the metals suppliers. This is often nothing more than the name of the supplier and an illustration of what products they can produce. This isn’t bad, but it is not much help, and certainly does not get into the entire picture.
We can rely on the internet. We have access to the whole of the world, and our browsers can easily find out if a certain supplier is reliable. This is really a place where all of the information is within reach, and the web addresses are just within the mouse-clicks.
This is the preferred route to take when dealing with a metals supplier. All you have to do is search for the supplier and read the terms and conditions, and you can usually pick up right where you left off.
The search can be narrowed down further to see if the company is able to build partner relationships, and even the deal-making. From here, you can use the same approach to find the suppliers that are the best value for money and the one that will provide you with the highest quality.
These can then be compared side-by-side for their quality, price, and the extent to which the products they make are going to meet your standards. This means you don’t have to do everything yourself. You can be a partner in the business, which is the great thing about it all.
Do your research, and make sure you know what you’re getting before you buy. That way, you can rest assured that you’ll always get a good deal.