U.S. processing equipment manufacturer optimizes cost, delivery time and
competitiveness through cooperation with SinoScan Sourcing

Executive Summary

Faced with recurring price hikes and delivery lead time issues at their current supplier, Thomsen Group decided to contract SinoScan’s sourcing division as their supplier of machined stainless steel castings.

Additionally, Thomsen Group would later go on to make use of SinoScan’s local warehousing solution.

Both cost efficiencies and shorter lead times were acquired, enabling Thomsen Group to increase the scale of their sales and ultimately the scope of their product portfolio.

Customer

12
years of cooperation

40+
stainless steel parts sourced by Thomsen Group through SinoScan Sourcing

20%
annual growth rate in volume of parts supplied

Challenges

For almost 80 years, Thomsen Group has been supplying high quality, stainless steel products to the dairy, food, brewing, and beverage industries.

In 2003, Thomsen Group had been experiencing long lead times and recurring price hikes at the local foundry which supplied them with stainless steel castings.

Moreover, the cost of machining and polishing the supplied cast parts had grown prohibitively expensive.

SinoScan FACTS

3700+
parts in Assortment

98%
Total Quality Compliance

How SinoScan Helped

Initially, SinoScan handled supplier selection and negotiations, part documentation, tooling and sample production, testing, quality assurance and material certificates.

As each part made it into regular production SinoScan continued to serve as a supplier to Thomsen Group, managing all aspects of daily sourcing operations — this included all-round logistics and warehousing services allowing for shorter order lead-times than those of suppliers closer to home.

Throughout the process all project management and customer contact has been handled by SinoScan’s U.S. engineers ensuring the quality of both the final product and daily communication.

Thomsen FACTS

1933
Year of Founding

Customers
Dairy, Food, Brewing and Beverage Industries

Results and Bottom Line

Since contracting SinoScan as their supplier, Thomsen Group has been able to acquire significant cost efficiencies—as well as shorter lead times through SinoScan’s local warehousing solution.

This has allowed them to serve their customers faster and increase turnover, and ultimately allocate more resources to the development of new product lines.

Who Worked on this Project?

Malene Newman

Director of Operations
 
Phone:
+1 630 691 9546
 
Mobile:
+1 773 562 6675
 
Email:
malene.newman
@sinoscan.com

Bill St. Andrews

Production Engineer
 
Phone:
+1 269 367 4702
 
Mobile:
+1 616 902 9792
 
Email:
bill.standrew
@sinoscan.com

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Delivery and Quality Metrics - Last 12 months

At the crux of the services of any off-shore supplier are timely deliveries, consistent quality and cost-efficiency.

We strongly believe that one of the fundamentals of a successful supply chain partnership is clarity for all parties involved. This is why we have decided to publish our delivery and quality performance track records on a monthly basis.

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