Overseas Composite Production FAQs
Q:   What are some common overseas prepreg Fiber Areal Weights (FAW)?
Carbon: 75, 100, 125, 150 g/mē
Fiberglass: 110, 130, 150 g/mē
Q:   What are some common overseas prepreg resin systems?
Epoxy is the dominant resin system for in-house prepreg production and locally sourced prepreg. Epoxy, vinyl ester, and polyester resin systems are available for non-prepreg based manufacturing methods.
Q:   What medium to high volume FRP composite manufacturing methods are available for overseas production?
Table Rolling / Shrink Wrap / Oven Cure, Compression Molding, Bladder Inflation Molding, Resin Infusion, Pultrusion, and Filament Winding
Q:   What minimum annual unit volume is best for overseas production lines?
Minimum annual unit volume is dependent on part size and complexity but 5,000 units/yr or greater is recommended.
Q:   Why is annual production volume important?
Continuous production line operation is the ultimate goal for product consistency and product quality management. Conversely stop and start production with long gaps between orders is the least desirable from a quality management standpoint.
Larger production volumes spread over longer production runs allow the vendor and CSS to effectively manage the workforce and ensure product quality.
Q:   What FRP composite finishing options are available?
Dip Coating, Spray Painting, Water Transfer Printing, Decal Application, Screen Printing
Q:   What are typical production order lead times?
Order volume and tooling availability drive build lead times but 30 days is common. Another 30-35 days is typical for ocean freight and land delivery.
Q:   What is the typical cost savings when sourcing FRP composite parts from an overseas factory?
After considering shipping and duty related expenses, net cost savings can be 10-50% depending on manufacturing labor.
Q:   What is the cost of overseas versus domestic production tooling?
Depending on complexity overseas tooling is 25-75% less expensive.
Q:   Will the vendor provide a product warranty?
Vendors will warranty product against material and workmanship defects provided samples of the defective product are returned for inspection.
Q:   What about product, process, and customer confidentiality?
CSS will abide by all NDA terms and obtain Client permission before disclosing any product or process detail to a third party overseas vendor. However, due to high worker turnover rates and legal system differences, CSS cautions against any reliance on third party overseas vendors maintaining confidentiality.
The best practice is to obtain product patent protection in the intended country of sale prior to going overseas.
FRP composite product design or production related questions? Please contact us to discuss your composite program needs.