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Manufacturing a product comes with no shortage of challenges. From design to production to marketing to boosting sales, it is very tough to make a product succeed. In many instances, products fail because of a flaw or deficiency in the product. Often times, this deficiency either occurs or can be prevented in the production or finishing stage. However, it takes both expertise and innovative equipment to truly differentiate a product in the marketplace. That’s exactly where a company like Conversion Technologies International (CTI) comes in. CTI is a tolling company uniquely qualified to development solutions for the most challenging production issues. They maintain a highly-skilled staff of engineers and technicians to oversee all projects. Furthermore, they maintain a state-of-the-art production facility with the latest technology and most innovative equipment. As such, they are able to resolve challenges in material coating that create roadblocks for other companies.

What is a Tolling Company?

There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation around what a tolling company does. To be sure, these companies can offer numerous benefits to manufacturers. But in order to fully understand these benefits, it’s necessary to first understand tolling companies. Toll coating, or toll manufacturing, is a business relationship between a manufacturer and a company like CTI. In this arrangement, the manufacturer enlists the help of the toll coating company. For example, say the manufacturer is making flooring panels to sell at home improvement stores. At some point, either before or during production, the manufacturer decides that it would like to add a protective coating. This coating can prevent stains or damage once installed. However, the manufacturer doesn’t have the equipment—or the know-how—to add this barrier.

So, what does the manufacturer do? Essentially, they have three choices. First, they can invest huge amounts of money in equipment and a skilled workforce to add this capability. Of course, this requires a large investment and a lot of time to get up to speed. Second, the manufacturer can decide to sell the product as is. Of course, this likely means that the product will be much less successful than it could be. Third, the manufacturer can turn to CTI for help with this product. They meet with CTI’s experts to discuss the project and determine specifications. If they are unsure of exactly what they need, they can have CTI produce a few variations for testing. Once this is determined, they can send products to CTI, who will enhance the products according to the specifications. Then, CTI can return to the manufacturer or send on to the retail outlet or distribution center. Clearly, this is the most desirable—and most cost-effective—option for the manufacturer.

Toll Coating vs. Contract Manufacturing

Toll manufacturing is similar to contract manufacturing However, it differs in several key ways. First, contract manufacturing involves outsourcing products to a third party. The contract manufacturer typically sources raw materials. Toll manufacturers typically receive materials directly from the manufacturer. The contract manufacturer then produces a white-label product for the client. Often times, the contract manufacturer even packages the product and prepares it for sale. They also often ship directly from their facilities. A toll manufacturer typically acts more as a partner for a manufacturing client. As such, they are a vital part of a collaboration to make a successful product.

What to Look for in a Tolling Company

Finding the right tolling company can be a challenge in and of itself. After all, how do you know who to trust? As industry leaders, CTI wants you to know what to look for in these types of companies. First, toll coating companies should offer benefits manufacturers can’t achieve themselves. Chief among these is reduced cost. Outsourcing part of the production to CTI’s experts is far more economical than upfront investment. The equipment required to achieve these results are extremely expensive and can be cost-prohibitive for many companies. Furthermore, they are complicated pieces of machinery that require expertise, knowledge, and experience to operate. CTI offers both components—the technology and the manpower—to get the job done right every time.

Second, a tolling company should have extensive capabilities to handle any challenge. CTI maintains an extensive knowledge base for clients of all types. As such, they can process many different classes of coatings. That means that they can handle anything from hot melts to water-based, thermoplastic to water-repellent or fire-retardant. CTI’s extensive facility includes hot air drying and room temperature curing to handle all adhesive processes. Even better, they can accommodate projects of all sizes. Have a product that is oversized? That’s no problem for the industry experts. They can handle widths up to 120 inches and rolls up to 2,000 pounds. CTI is the industry leader in not just adhesive coatings, but also laminating and slitting & die cutting services. This is a testament to their commitment to offering the specialized services manufacturers count on.

Hands-On So You Don’t Have to Be

A good tolling company should also offer customers who want it, a hands-off, passive approach. CTI understands that manufacturers have a full schedule already. Running their business is a full-time job and they need a professional to handle this extra process.  They also understand that the primary benefit of enlisting a partner is depending on them to do the job right. That’s why CTI offers clients a truly consultative experience. Need to focus on other tasks? After the project parameters are set, CTI can handle it from there. So, clients can enjoy a hands-off approach, knowing the job is being done right. Moreover, CTI’s experts are well-versed in shipping challenges. They can take possession of raw materials, finish them, and return them as quickly as clients need. Or, they can handle forwarding products on to the next step in the supply chain. Save time and money and let CTI forward on to the distribution or retail center.

Industry Experts

Being an industry leader means being experts in all types of materials and techniques. CTI uses a specialized process that allows for a wide range of materials to be used. Check out just a few of the materials they are familiar with:

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

Research and Development

As part of its commitment to customer service, CTI offers a consultative approach. They believe that expert capabilities don’t mean much if not backed up by the right service. After all, technology is only as beneficial as it is practical. And make no mistake, CTI are experts in technology. They maintain a state-of-the-art facility to handle any production challenge. However, this expertise isn’t very valuable if it is only used to produce the same materials repeatedly.

That’s why CTI offers extremely valuable research and development services to clients. Clients looking for new methods or new materials can find them here. Curious to see how a different type of substrate will affect a product? Their experts can help you find the answer. Need a water barrier on a product to make it more valuable? They can handle that, too. Not exactly sure how to improve a product, but know that you need to? Let their experts work with you to find the solution that’s right for your product. It would take significant investment in equipment and personnel to enjoy these benefits. But CTI offers it to clients of all sizes. Best of all, each project comes with expert guidance from industry experts. It’s just one of the many ways they help clients succeed.

Perfect for Companies of All Sizes

CTI’s specialized services can benefit companies of any size. That’s why companies from startups to Fortune 500 corporations take advantage of this valuable service. Not sure how CTI might be able to help? Take a look at the customer success stories from their many satisfied clients.

Case Studies

A few examples include:

  • Clients in the Energy Industry—adhesive coatings are common in many different industries. They are common in the energy industry in many different applications. CTI recently helped a company in the energy industry in need of a light adhesive coating for a product. Specifically, the client was looking for an open, extremely lightweight, fiberglass material used in the wind and energy industry. CTI collaborated with the client first to understand their specific needs. Once they understood the requirements, CTI produced several variations and tested them. This allowed the client to determine which would work best for its needs. Once the right variation was selected, CTI launched full production. This includes a yearly volume of 3 million+ feet. The client was able to launch a successful product and CTI was able to make that success possible.
  • Commercial Roofing Clients—roofing components also benefit from adhesive coatings. CTI was able to help a well-known roofing company with a new product it was planning to offer. The company wanted to create peel-and-stick products for industrial roofs. The company needed a partner to help develop the right materials for the product. Additionally, CTI worked with the client to test samples and pick the right one. From there, they selected the most viable and launched a full production run. The client introduced the product to the market as a product unique in its class. After gathering feedback, the client returned to CTI for product refinement. CTI used 3’ and 6’ wide materials to produce a refined product. Through this process, CTI expanded their capabilities to 12’ wide coating, now the industry standard.

Get Your Free Quote Today

No two projects are exactly alike. CTI understands this better than anyone. That’s why they are unable to offer flat, list pricing for all clients. After all, cost depends on a number of factors, all of which vary with each product. However, they understand that clients need this vital information in order to budget and plan properly. That’s why they’ve made it easy to get a free, no-obligation quote for any project. Just fill out their easy-to-use quote form. The form asks for basic information as well as some more detailed specifications. That way, they can begin to understand the requirements so they can provide the best service for the client. From there, one of their experts will be in touch to begin the process.

Trust the Experts

In summary, a product requires the right materials and the right production methods to succeed. And in order to get these, expertise has to be involved. Luckily, CTI has all of these elements in place. Trusting a product to an incapable company will likely end in failure. To get a fair shot at success, the product needs the right specifications. CTI works with clients of all sizes to determine the right materials, techniques, and more. They have made the investment in the cutting-edge equipment and technology. Moreover, they have the experience to provide the best outcome.  Plus, their experts work with clients every step of the way to adjust and refine. Given that many products fail in the marketplace, it’s imperative to give each product every chance to succeed. Only an industry leader like CTI can offer the capabilities to make that possible.

So, give them a call today at 419-924-5566 to speak with an expert.