Procurement

Rare Earths – An Update

Rare earths, those 17 elements critical for many industries (defense, electronics, smart devices, etc) are a continuing global supply chain issue.  2 years ago we wrote an article, that summarized the situation as of mid-2019.  Now there’s more news. Both Trump and Biden administrations have made some noise to improve the US supply of these minerals.  Currently, China provides about 80% of worldwide rare earths.  Fortunately, several other countries are ramping up supply efforts, particularly… Read More


Recovering US Manufacturing Competitiveness

The March 25, 2021, article on Market Watch discusses how the US can regain it’s former position as the world’s most competitive manufacturer. The compelling thought is the US has the world’s primary position in scientific research and discovery, which should drive manufacturing innovation. Why, then, haven’t US manufacturers been able to translate that big advantage into a global competitive advantage? And why have countries such as Germany and China become so prosperous with inferior… Read More


Suppliers for New Products: We Changed Our Minds

Proficient Sourcing LLC exists to help OEM procurement.  In specific, we find prospects for manufacturing whatever the OEM needs.  While this is mostly machining and occasional plastic injection molding we also feature a wide variety of capabilities that are significantly less common.  With all the companies we recommend, all these “others” have a history of happy customers. We have excellent sources for several of these not-so-common capabilities, including metal spinning, one-off gears, powder metal parts,… Read More


3D Engineered Prototyping and Design

  We are featuring a company that specializes in very accurate 3D printing, done FAST and with engineering assistance as desired!  Perhaps your need is help with product design where evolutions can be produced and investigated quickly.  In most new product and innovative work prototypes are essential for approvals.  Getting these accurately made and done quickly sounds very appropriate.  And then would a few 3D printed market-ready products help your overall plans? We seek companies,… Read More


Target Price: To Provide Or Not To Provide?

Recently we introduced a potential supplier to an equipment OEM.  The OEM has several fairly large machine parts they want to source to new machining sources.  The desired vendor will be capable of handling thousand pound steel parts, which require complex machining operations.  Not quite 5-axis, but their parts have very intricate details. This means a complex quoting procedure, and perhaps if the OEM would provide some sort of cost parameters it would help avoid… Read More


One Stop Shop: Prototype to Production of Smaller Parts

We have a shop that has a fabulous array of capabilities for small parts and assembly shells that accommodate smaller pieces. We know of no shop with a more extensive list of capabilities—if you need a highly precise metal item (or plastic injection molded) of almost any sort that’s under a 24” cube, it’s very likely our shop can handle the job with great skill, including relatively hard to find metallic 3D printing, forging, coatings,… Read More


When To Call Proficient Sourcing

You call Proficient Sourcing when need a new/replacement supplier to make tanks, parts or assemblies, especially if your requirement is for something large. Over the past few months we have had several complex projects. These projects involved procurement professionals or project managers contacting us seeking solutions. A specific supplier capability was desired. We were able to quickly provide credible candidates. In every case the project is proceeding and on schedule. The reason this happens is… Read More


Concerns: Outsourced Manufacturing for New Products

Proficient Sourcing recommends potential suppliers to buyers interested in improving their supply chains.  On occasion we have been contacted to help source the manufacture of some or all of a new product. This starts a chain of events where problems lurk at every turn.  Most of the new products fail; very few result in home runs.  Yet, the possibility exists to attract the job shop willing to take a chance.  There are some in our… Read More


Manufacturing Reshoring as 2020 Ends

Several 2020 articles and news reports indicate reshoring of manufacturing is on the rise.  Clearly the pandemic has shown the limitations of overseas supply for critical items in a situation of rapidly increased global demand.  Increased reshoring might be a good economic boost, and act to counter the negative effects of the pandemic. The Trump administration made a great deal of noise about increasing US manufacturing, and especially bringing operations back from China.  Tax policies,… Read More


The Supplier “Fires” a Customer! Now A New Supplier is Needed – FAST

Proficient Sourcing exists to help buyers find excellent custom manufacturing suppliers.  We have a large network of possibilities for supplier candidates and referrals.  Click here for a listing of capabilities. Occasionally the buyer’s company has issues that impede a good search, and in those cases we can have a very helpful role.  Here’s an example: Recently we were contacted to assist in a situation where a supplier wanted to “fire” a customer.  Ultimately we were… Read More