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Where possible 2fDesign uses local suppliers for non-core engineering, component supply and manufacturing.

We have found that unless volumes are very larger (> 10k pa) it is more cost effective to keep production in New Zealand.

There is a lot of pressure in this industry to source manufacturing labour from off shore that stems from a belief that it is always cheaper to use Asian, Thai, or Indian labour for manufacture.  While this is indeed true for large volume, standard product, most of what we see designed here in New Zealand is of lower volume and also generally requires high quality control.

2fDesign has worked with some excellent local resource and passes these relationships onto it's clients.

We also have contact offshore that can help accelerate the move to more cost-effective manufacturing once the benefit has been established.

© Rob Beck 2011