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Contract Manufacturing CompaniesFinding the right contract manufacturing partner can be a challenge. After all, many companies make big promises, but which ones actually deliver? The short answer is that companies should be judged by their track record. New startups, for all their investments in equipment and machinery, don’t have the experience that counts. That’s why it’s so important to choose a company familiar with supply chain production challenges. Luckily, Conversion Technologies International (CTI) has the experience clients can depend on. They are the industry leader in helping supply chain production through contract manufacturing.  CTI offers a wide range of services including contract coating and laminating, slitting, die cutting, and more. Conveniently located in West Unity, Ohio, their offices are central to any location nationwide. So, check out what makes CTI the industry leader. Plus, see below to learn how their contract manufacturing services can help your business.

What is Contract Manufacturing Anyway?

Contract manufacturing is a popular concept in modern manufacturing. But in order to fully understand the benefits of this type of arrangement, it’s important to understand what it is. Essentially, contract manufacturing describes a supply chain production arrangement between two companies. The first company, Company A, has just manufactured some flooring it plans to sell. At some point in the process, the company decides they need to laminate the flooring. Lamination can offer waterproofing, anti-skid benefits, and much more. The company realizes it can differentiate its product and be more successful with lamination. However, Company A specializes in manufacturing flooring. They do not have the equipment, components or expertise to laminate their products. So, what are their choices? Scrap the entire production run? Delay production to invest time and money into new capabilities? How about turn to an experienced partner that can help?

This is exactly where CTI can help. CTI maintains a massive, state-of-the-art facility with all the latest and most innovative equipment. Plus, their staff is the most knowledgeable and experienced in the industry. These two elements enable CTI to handle virtually any production challenge clients can throw at them. Their experts can take delivery of unfinished or semi-finished components and finish them. So, when Company A needs their specialized flooring products laminated, CTI can help. But they can do even more than that. Many times, clients want to cut down lead times of getting a product to market. So, CTI offers clients the option to return the finished products quickly to the manufacturer. But they also offer the option to move the products forward in the supply chain, to a distribution center or retailer.

Benefits of Contract Manufacturing

As shown above, this type of arrangement can be mutually beneficial for both parties. Company A is able to solve a very real challenge quickly and at much less cost than alternative methods. Plus, they are partnering with the industry leader and can have peace of mind the job is being done right. Meanwhile, CTI is able to utilize its experience and innovation to drive products forward. It’s such a valuable service that clients in many different industries have benefited from it.

Specialized Knowledge

Although CTI offers a wide range of services, they specialize in providing the following contract manufacturing services:

Adhesive Coatings

Many products need an additional adhesive or general coating. CTI has the equipment and the expertise to provide the perfect solution. Their experts have faced a variety of unique issues and know how to resolve any challenge you are facing. 

Often, components need a coating to be used as a primer and to increase surface tension. In these cases, they often also need to be pressure-sensitive or able to withstand tremendous heat. CTI can handle the following materials and more:

  • Acrylic
  • Latex
  • Acetate
  • Neoprene
  • Silicone
  • Urethane

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.


Custom laminating jobs requires capable equipment and engineering expertise. CTI has both and they know how to match the lamination process to the desired results. Their experts can handle any size format or material you have.

They are experts in:

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

Slitting & Die Cutting

CTI offers superior technical support for reliable solutions to engineering challenges. Accredited by the top industry standards boards, CTI knows how to get the job done. They combine innovative technology and creative solutions and hold themselves to very high standards. They provide custom sheeting and are able to convert most materials, including:

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

An Innovative Process

Becoming an industry leader doesn’t happen overnight. And it doesn’t happen by accident. It takes years and years of knowledge and expertise. Above all, though, it takes a commitment to customer service. These are all the reasons why CTI leads the industry. They have built their reputation on a commitment to all of these things. So, how do they maintain this level of service? It all starts with a unique, five-step process:

  1. Initial Consultation—the first step is to match clients’ needs to CTI’s abilities. They will likely be able to help. But on the off chance they can’t, they don’t want to waste your time. This is a key tenet of their philosophy towards customer service. It comes down to respect and CTI has plenty of it.
  2. Research & Development—use CTI’s equipment and expertise to test new methods and materials. This is one of their most valuable services, which few companies provide. You can read more about this valuable service in the section below.
  3. Lab Testing/Sample—when producing something new, sometimes a sample is needed. Maybe it needs to be felt/seen in person. Or maybe a sample needs to be provided to other members of the company. In any case, CTI can produce samples at any stage of the process, often for little to no cost.
  4. Pilot Run—pilot runs can make or break an operation. This step helps ensure that products and processes are iron-clad before committing to full production. It requires much less time and money to fix a problem during this step of the process.
  5. Production—only after everything has been checked and rechecked does production begin. After all, a company’s success often hinges on successful products. So why take the chance something will go wrong? With CTI, you can trust that things will turn out according to plan.

Research and Development

When it comes to manufacturing, precise calibration is required to produce successful products. The slightest tweak here or there can fundamentally change everything. However, oftentimes manufacturers do not have that exact recipe figured out for a new product. That’s when research and development become a hugely valuable part of the process. But what do you do when you don’t have the equipment or knowledge to perform this task? Call the experts, of course!

CTI maintains a state-of-the-art production facility complete with the latest, most innovative pieces of equipment. So, they have the resources to handle just about anything. Even better, their highly skilled experts can oversee the entire process, lending valuable expertise. Therefore, they can experiment with development of materials and bonding requirements. This can make a major difference in the outcome of any project. Take advantage of CTI’s facilities, labs, production equipment, and skilled experts without a huge investment. Every product can benefit from the technical assistance CTI can provide. This is especially helpful in designing new products or improving old ones. Best of all, CTI has a very high rate of success with all levels of clients. So, contact them today to see how they can help with your product.

Get Your Free Quote Today

As you’ve no doubt discovered, CTI has extensive capabilities and expertise. And their client testimonials prove that they know how to solve specific challenges. But, how do you know whether or not they can help you? After all, every project is different. 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.

Just fill out the easy-to-use quote request form on their website. This form asks for some basic information, like your name and contact information. But it also asks some specific questions about your project. For example, they ask dimensions, substrates used, description of product and design challenges, and more. This way, CTI’s experts can get a more accurate idea of what clients are looking for. They respond quickly to each and every quote. More than that, though, they want to respond with some actual information that will be useful. They aren’t just looking to gather your contact information. CTI wants to get the ball rolling quickly because they understand that for clients, time is money.

The Industry Leader

When it comes to leading an industry, it takes more than having extensive capabilities. If that were all it took, companies could just buy equipment and become a leader. But it takes much more than that to lead an industry in innovation. It takes experience that can’t be bought, but only earned. After all, only through experience are valuable lessons learned. How does a company know which types of adhesives work best with products? When is water-based adhesive the right choice? How can a product be improved by changing the manufacturing technique or material? The answer to all of these questions is experience.

Of course, CTI has extensive equipment and is highly capable. But they also offer much more than that. They offer decades of experience that clients can count on. Plus, they strive to be a true, consultative partner that will help solve challenges—not just perform services. They invest time and money into each partnership so that it will succeed. So, they have a vested interest in helping to make sure all clients’ products are successful. That’s what makes CTI different—and also the industry leader.

Curious how they can help you? Look into just a few of their many success stories to see how they’ve helped other clients. The list ranges from startups to Fortune 500 companies in almost every industry. That will give you a good idea of the many ways they can help with your specific challenge. Best of all, they can even produce small, sample orders. That way, potential clients can see their work up-close and personal. Sometimes, that’s the only way to make the right decision for your business. Plus, costs are often minimal for this valuable service.

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