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Contract ManufacturerWhen manufacturing companies need help fine-tuning products or ideas, who do they call? A contract manufacturer can help provide quality manufacturing services to help clients. Conversion Technologies International (CTI) has the experience clients can depend on. They have helped many manufacturing companies improve a product and take production to the next level. CTI’s innovative processes allow them to help clients with design and production until the product is just right.

Outsourcing can be scary, but CTI makes things simple for clients that need help. They maintain the latest equipment and are familiar with a range of materials so they can help with any project. CTI can help with a single manufacturing process or a larger project. Best of all, they can control the manufacturing cost so that clients can keep their budget on track. This cost savings can be utilized in other areas to create a greater return on investment. The company offers a wide range of services. CTI’s core competencies are contract coating and laminating, and slitting and die cutting. Conveniently located in West Unity, Ohio, their offices are central to any location in the country.

What is Contract Manufacturing and its Benefits?

Simply put, a contract manufacturer is a manufacturing firm that helps other manufacturing companies. Let’s say a client, Company X, is a manufacturer of automotive parts. The company is launching a new product but lacks some equipment needed in the production process. What are their choices? First, they can buy the equipment and train their personnel to use it. But this is incredibly expensive and would take months, if not years, to get up to speed. Second, they could decide to not make the product. But that would likely cause them to lose out on a valuable market. Third, they can turn to a contract manufacturing company like CTI.

CTI can step in as a partner to help Company X produce this product. Of course, they can merely act as extension of facilities for Company X. But CTI can offer much more than that. To start, they maintain a massive, state-of-the-art facility with all the latest and most innovative equipment. And their staff is the most knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. So, they can help clients with virtually any challenge. In fact, CTI can even forward finished goods to the next step in the supply chain.

This arrangement has many benefits for Company X. First, they are able to solve a very pressing problem quickly and efficiently. Second, this solution is far more cost-effective than any other solution. They don’t need to invest the time and capital in setting up equipment and training personnel. So, they can get up and running quickly and start turning a profit. Third, they will have a trustworthy, valuable partner in CTI. That’s why clients in many different industries turn to CTI for help solving challenges.

The Industry’s Top Contract Manufacturer

It’s clear that contract manufacturing can be beneficial to a company that needs help with the manufacturing process. Of course, that is dependent on the contract manufacturer being an expert and being able to deliver. Luckily, CTI prides itself on being a true, consultative partner for manufacturing companies across the country. Sure, they work with huge corporations like Ford and Clorox. But they also work with a number of small, local, and regional clients as well. Their unique process makes them the perfect resource for companies of all sizes. And they treat each client with the respect they deserve. That’s one of the things that makes them an industry leader.

However, that’s not all it takes to lead an industry. It also takes a combination of expertise and experience that no other company can match. CTI has seen and done it all, so they know how to tackle any problem—even new ones. And they believe it’s this experience that is one of the most valuable things they can offer to their clients. After all, experience is the greatest teacher. Only experience can inform what material or process will work best in a given situation.

CTI views each and every customer as a partner. And they take the time to invest in that partnership. They believe that if their clients succeed, they will succeed. So, they have a vested interest in client success. Plus, they can work with each customer on the payment terms that work for them. Just contact them below to see what options might be available to you.

Unmatched Expertise

CTI specializes in providing the following contract manufacturing services:

Adhesive Coatings

CTI has the equipment and expertise to provide the perfect solution for any adhesive or general coating. Their experts have faced a variety of unique issues and know how to resolve any challenge you are facing. When a component needs a coating as a primer, they can help. Or, when a product needs surface tension decreased, they can help. In fact, they can handle a wide range of materials, including:

  • Acrylic
  • Latex
  • Acetate
  • Neoprene
  • Silicone
  • Urethane
  • And many more!

But that’s not all. CTI can also process many different classes of coatings. From hot melts to water-based, thermoplastic to water-repellent or fire-retardant, they can handle it. Their facility includes hot air drying and room temperature curing to handle all adhesive processes. That means they can raise cure temperatures up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, they can accommodate widths up to 120 inches and rolls that weight up to 2,000 pounds. They can even apply adhesive coating from less than one millimeter up to 60 millimeters. You provide the specifications and they can handle the process – up to and including the finished product.


Laminating takes knowledge and the equipment to get the job done. CTI has plenty of both and can match the lamination process to the desired results. Their experts can handle any size format or material you have, including:

  • Slot die
  • Roll coater
  • Gravure coating
  • Hot roll
  • Belt lamination spray coating

Slitting & Die Cutting

Accredited by the top industry standards boards, CTI knows how to get the job done right. That’s because they offer superior capabilities and unmatched expertise in solving the most complex manufacturing challenges. They provide custom sheeting and are able to convert most materials, including:

  • Cardboard
  • Vinyl
  • Paper
  • Non-woven
  • Foam
  • Cloth

Don’t Just Take Their Word for It

Like most good companies, CTI believes that their track record speaks louder than anything else ever could. That’s why they’ve dedicated a section of their website to their many success stories helping other clients. Real clients need someone and they can trust. And any company can make promises. But how do you know if they can deliver? Testimonials from customers can help put prospective clients at ease. Plus, these case studies can let clients see how CTI has helped other clients with specific challenges. Chances are, they have helped a client facing a similar challenge. But if not, clients can at least see the innovative and unique methods CTI has for helping clients.

For example, a company was recently looking for an open, lightweight, fiberglass material to be used in the wind and energy industry. CTI started by working to understand the client’s specific needs and what they needed the product to do. Based on those requirements, CTI was able to produce several variations for testing. This allowed the client to determine which product would work best for their needs. Once this was determined, CTI began production of the product at a yearly volume of 3 million feet. The rolls for the coating were all 24 inches in diameter but varied in width. CTI was able to deliver on time and on budget and expand their capabilities in the process. Thanks to CTI, the client is now able to offer an improved product to its clients.

A Results-Driven Process

So, what makes a company an industry leader? To start, it takes relying on a proven, successful, repeatable process. That way, success is not an accident, but simply the result of following that process. CTI has built much of its success on a unique, five-step process that maximizes success for all clients. Check out the steps of this process below:

  1. Initial Consultation—start with a free consultation. During this step, CTI will see if their capabilities are a match for clients’ needs. That way, neither party wastes valuable time. But chances are they will be able to help and this first step will get the project kicked off on the right foot.
  2. Research & Development—testing things out in manufacturing can be cost-prohibitive. That’s why CTI offers research and development services to clients. Clients can utilize CTI’s equipment, facilities and expertise to test new methods and materials. This is a truly unique service that very few companies offer.
  3. Lab Testing/Sample—sometimes, the only way to properly gauge a product is to hold a sample. That’s why CTI offers the ability to produce a sample at any stage of this process. Best of all, costs are minimal, depending on materials that need to be used. In fact, there is often no cost at all for a sample.
  4. Pilot Run—pilot runs are an invaluable step of any operation. Clients can feel confident that products and processes are perfect before committing to full production. Using their manufacturing facility for this step can save both time and money down the road.
  5. Production—why go through these other four steps before production? So that production, the most expensive step, goes smoothly and there are no surprises. This is one of the many ways that CTI helps its clients prepare for success.

Get a Free Quote Today

Clearly, CTI has the experience and capabilities to help manufacturing clients. And their proven track record shows they can help those clients solve even the most challenging problems. But how does a prospective client know if CTI might be able to help them? The answer is simple: by contacting them. After all, no two jobs are exactly alike. The solutions that are right for one project might be totally wrong for another project. That’s why CTI offers free, no-obligation quotes to potential customers. Best of all, they make the process of getting a quote quick and easy.

To get started, fill out their quick and easy quote request form. The form asks for the basic information so that they can contact you. But it also asks for a little more detail on the specifics of the challenge. For example, the form asks for dimensions of the project, materials used, and more specific information. This allows CTI’s experts to get a better understanding of the challenges before they get in touch. That way, they don’t waste valuable time and can present some initial ideas of how to address these challenges. It’s one of the ways CTI believes in respecting clients’ time. They know that time is of the essence and they want to be able to get started helping as quickly as possible.

So, what are you waiting for? Give them a call today at 419-924-5566 to talk to an expert.