LOWELL, Mass.—Contract manufacturers play a key role in the rubber product industry.
They may mold components for a large company that needs a particular product manufactured, or help a newer company take a design and transform it into a reality.
Those playing in the contract molding business have to be ready to cover all bases, from quality and regulatory issues, to cost/risk assessments, and the scope and technical requirements of a project, according to Henri Asselin, vice president of engineering and technology at Beacon MedTech Solutions.
According to Asselin, the Lowell-based firm has a full range of capabilities, including engineering, tooling, precision molding, liquid injection and molding; can help customers launch new products and scale production of plastic and silicone parts, products and assembled components; and help customers meet accelerated demand amidst evolving regulatory requirements, increased risk and rising costs.
As a contract manufacturer, Asselin said Beacon MedTech works with companies who want little to no input from the molder, as well as those who need a great deal of guidance.
"We see a spectrum of both," he said. "On one end we see very large, skilled, experienced OEMs come in and everything is pretty much locked in. On the other end, you can have a startup come in and say 'I want this to do that. Can you guys help?'
"... And both relationships are fine and both work. It's just knowing what the expectations are from both companies that will make that project successful."