If you tune into news about the economy, you’ve heard a lot of talk about the decline of US manufacturing. When I first arrived at Michigan in 2007, the Great Recession was hitting the region hard, as most everyone I met had a connection to automotive manufacturing . Every conversation I had was a personal tale of how their job was in jeopardy of offshoring.
The past couple of years are in stark contrast to 2007. Due to soaring labor costs in China, US manufacturing is projected to be increasingly competitive in terms of costs. This has already caused a number of manufacturing jobs to be “reshored” back to the US and is projected to increase. While the manufacturing environment in the US is improving, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the strength of relationships between companies and their suppliers.
Sisu Global Health has chosen manufacturing partnerships in the US because of these strong partners here at home. As a small company starting out, good suppliers are key to making it through the transition from idea to marketable product. Medical devices specifically require independent research, testing and regulated manufacturing, and tracking quality assurance.
In dealing with US regulations, we have been able to find these partners that intimately know our difficulties and lend their expertise. We can meet in person and make adjustment utilizing their expertise in smaller batches of devices.
Because of our outstanding suppliers, our first production parts have come off the line and we are eager to start bio-compatibility and sterilization testing. This first lot of devices are planned for our first human patient clinical study. Our team has learned a lot from the process of choosing and collaborating with contract manufacturers. Many companies know the failure of bad partnerships. We have confidence them and they make our company stronger.