A well-established UK hair care company with a strong network of industry contacts is looking for a manufacturer of high-quality barber scissors provided to specific tolerances. The UK company has its own suite of unique handle designs and need the scissors to be provided without handles. The company is looking for a manufacturing agreement with suppliers from Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan.
A specialized UK company that has been active in the UK professional hair care market for 30 years is looking to launch a line of barber scissors. The company intends to launch a new brand based on a range of original new handle designs. The company owns the designs and has a UK partner to mold the handles and pack the product.
The company is however unable to manufacture steel components in-house, so now need a manufacturer of scissors to provide the scissor blades ready for over-moulding. For this reason, the company is actively looking for partners from either Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan with the right capabilities to enter into a manufacturing agreement.
Specifically, the company is looking for a manufacturer who can supply to the following specification.
Steel grade 440
Tolerances must be +/- 0.080mm
No handles attached (the handles will be added in the UK).
The company is looking for blades that match the below illustrations. Please note that the area where the plastic handle will be situated does not need to be identical to the illustration but it needs to comply to the same tolerances.
The aim is to launch the new product in the UK and then look to sell internationally.
- Type of partner sought: The detailed manufacturing drawings are shown in the description.
Suitable partners are likely to already be manufacturing professional-grade scissors for other customers.
The company has specified a tolerance of 80microns (0.08mm) on some of the component dimensions and it is therefore considered unlikely that companies that mass-produce lower quality scissors would be able to consistently meet the specifications and manufacturing tolerances required.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Suitable partners will be manufacturers of high-quality scissor blades intended to be used by professional barbers and hairdressers.
Typical characteristics of suitable companies would include:
Regularly contract-manufacturing components from various grades of stainless steel sourced from the best manufacturers of stainless steel sheet/coil.
Effective stock control and on-receipt quality assurance processes to check incoming steel stock, manage stock levels to maintain production and segregate stainless steel grades with clear labelling.
Equipment and trained staff to precision/laser cut steel blanks then press/forge, grind and heat treat to form the component's desired shape and functionality.
In-house metrology (measurement) equipment with staff trained and accredited in quality assurance measurement techniques and procedures, plus defined batch sampling protocols, such that the supplier can competently and confidently assure the company that despatched components will be within the required specifications/tolerances.
Project already started - The concept has been tested and prototypes made. Handle suppliers have been sourced but a supplier of the blades is required.
Design Rights - The UK company has a set of unique designs ready for manufacture
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