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A Complete Resource on Outsourced Manufacturing

Resources for outsourcing your printing and converting processes.



Outsourced manufacturing (also known as contract manufacturing and business process outsourcing) is the strategic approach of transitioning production responsibilities to a third-party manufacturer. While implementing outsourced manufacturing can prove to be a competitive advantage for many companies, it’s not a decision to be made lightly. 

At Tapecon, we’ve compiled a variety of resources on outsourced manufacturing. If you have any questions about what this model may look like for your company, contact our team. 

Trends in outsourced manufacturing

Outsource manufacturing is on the rise globally and across several industries. This growth can be attributed to several factors, including the need for cost-effective production, shorter product lifecycles, faster speed to market, demand for custom products, and the ever-changing business landscape.

Another contributor to the rise of outsourced manufacturing is the recent reshoring movement. Companies are returning their foreign production to the United States for improved supply chain management, intellectual property protection, shorter lead times, quality control, and many other reasons.

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Benefits of outsourced manufacturing

Delegating manufacturing responsibilities to an experienced manufacturer offers an array of benefits, including:

  • 1Lowering your overall print manufacturing and converting costs.
  • 2Focus the internal team on core competencies
  • 3Consolidate supply chain
  • 4Reduce costs for labor, equipment, materials, etc.
  • 5Access to specialized design and process expertise
  • 6Faster time-to-market with streamlined processes
  • 7Enhanced product quality and regulatory compliance
  • 8Manufacturing flexibility and ability to quickly scale to market demands
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It’s important to note that outsourced manufacturing isn’t an all-or-nothing decision. OEMs often find that the most productive and cost-efficient solution is keeping core component production in-house while outsourcing non-core components.

Case Study: How Tapecon Took Over Production in 10 Months

Recently, Tapecon implemented an outsourcing strategy with an active packaging manufacturer seeking to improve their facility usage and operations. We started with a feasibility study, then developed an outsourced manufacturing plan that helped the company achieve several strategic objectives.

Read the complete case study to learn how we transitioned the company’s converting and printing operations (including labor and equipment) in just ten months while helping our customer realize several benefits related to supply chain, costs, and business growth.

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Blog Posts

Read our latest articles and best practices on outsourced manufacturing.




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Cellular manufacturing (also called work cell or small group manufacturing) is a production model in which different processes are consolidated and performed in a logical sequence within a single area. Compared to a traditional assembly line – where each stage performs a single, repetitive task – cellular manufacturing enables a component or full product to be assembled in a continuous flow.

This guide covers the benefits and limitations of organized manufacturing cells, typical implementation and techniques, and the difference between in-house and outsourced manufacturing.


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